Every January and February, I question my sanity. I am not a great fan of cold snowy winters. I was born in Michigan I endured a few blizzards in my days. When I was in school my parents started spending winters in Florida. I discovered that there is life without layers, without hats and gloves and freezing your bits and pieces. After high school I moved to Florida and I lived there for almost 20 years. My idea of a cold winter night was around freezing. Snow was something I saw on television and only felt once in 18 years. Over the years I grew to appreciate the subtlety of of a semi tropical winter. In the fall the trees and leaves change the shade of green, foliage grows more slowly and in dead of winter, things may even show frost damage. Then love and a desire for change talked me into moving back north. The last time I saw the statistics, about ⅓ of the people that move to Florida move out. My sweet bear and I moved from central Florida to Kentucky and I went onto graduate school. I experienced my first driving in snow and nasty cold winter weather. After 13 years I moved to Washington DC. The winters are a little milder here, but still cold with snow (the week after I moved into the high rise condo, we had 48 inches of snow in a week.) Every winter, I question the sanity of moving this far north. I love DC, I am constantly in awe of the museums, the power and politics of being here. I love being in a real city, with a good mass transit system, But every winter I question the sanity of a cold winter day being 4 or 5 degrees instead of 45 degrees.