After months of wading through hip-deep snow — and enduring a mind-numbing 50 days below zero (Fahrenheit!) — I’m happy to report the start of The Great Thaw of 2014.
For once, I don’t mind slogging though the sloppy slush.
And because it’s warmed up enough that I’m no longer worried about my nostrils freezing shut, today I ventured out for my first early-morning walk of the new year.
One of my favorite things every spring is seeing what emerges from under the snow. Sometimes it’s car parts — like the mufflers and fenders that adorn most of the major intersections.
Other times, I’m amused by the more mundane, everyday objects that reappear in my neighbor’s yards.
This morning it struck me that the ability to identify these emerging objects is one of the Five Critical Skills of the Minnesotan (the other four being Mosquito-swatting, Woodtick-pulling, Snow-shoveling, and Pointless-smalltalk-making).
With that in mind, I’m pleased to introduce the first in a series of completely useless quizzes:
How Minnesotan are you?
This inaugural quiz is easy enough. Simply guess what the objects are, leave me a comment*, and I’ll automatically enter you in a random drawing** to win a bottle of hand-packed, artisanal Minnesota snow!***
OK. Ready to find out if you’re a Minnesotan at heart? Here are your three clues:
How did you do? Don’t worry if you didn’t get that last one — I’m not entirely certain either. But I’ll confirm for sure sometime in May or June.****
* Partial credit given for wrong-but-creative answers.
** Need not be present to win. Void where prohibited.
*** Snow may arrive as a liquid in some locations.
**** Unless it snows again, in which case I’m moving to Mexico.