When it comes to winter, Boston is the new Minnesota

Who knows whether Minnesota will ever again be the official home of winter in the United States?

On Tuesday, an inch or two of snow triggered nearly 300 crashes across the state. That suggests we’re closer to our southern kin than we’d care to admit.

For this year, anyway, Massachusetts is the king of the hill and here’s the scary part for people who value Minnesota’s image: They’re being positively Minnesotan about it.

Boston, for example, is only 1.9 inches away from breaking the 107.6-inch record set in 1995-96, and more snow could come tonight.

That’s not the thing. This is the thing: A lot of people are rooting for more snow, just so they can break the record, the Boston Globe reports today.

But in Abington, Michelle Mayberger, who owns Happy Dogs Pet Resort, cannot wait for more snow. Her motives extend beyond the record. She has seen a rise in her day-care business, owing to the mountainous drifts that are preventing owners from letting their pups run around their yards. With a plow and snow blower, she has been able to clear good paths for her four-legged friends.

“I’m glad,” she added wryly, “that someone’s enjoying the snow.”

But even those hungry for a record are not entirely united. They fall into two camps: those who want just enough snow to claim the top spot and a decidedly smaller group of those who want to crush it.

“I want to break the record big because it would make history,” said Rufus Huff, who works for Keolis Commuter Services in Wakefield, which operates the MBTA’s still-hobbled commuter rail. “Maybe 10 inches or more, so it will stand for a long time, and maybe never even be broken again.”

That’s either a person who moved from northern Minnesota, or a person who one day will move there.

For those of us who have relatives in the northeast, talking about a disdain of winter is off limits for Midwesterners. We’ve got no standing in the discussion. For this year, anyway, we sound like people from Arizona who complain that it got so cold last night, we had to put on a pair of long pants.

And so we will tuck away the advice of psychiatrist Ned Hallowell for a time if or when an unbearable winter returns to its former home.

“Complaining is the best thing to do,” he tells the Globe. “It’s good for the soul. Don’t suck it up. Don’t look on the bright side. There is no bright side.”

How not to do winter: Snow Wars: Cleveland-Area Neighbors Battle Over Sidewalk Shoveling Dispute (WKYC).

  • crystals

    You know the situation is really real when they’re trying to shut down the Southie parking spot system. I lived there for two years and there’s no way in this world I would ever violate that code.

    • Once Louise Day Hicks died and Whitey Bulger got arrested, Southie became just another neighborhood.

      • crystals

        Yep. I lived there before both of those milestones and am grateful that I did; it’s a shell of its former self.

        To move someone’s parking cone/laundry basket/folding chair/etc. would still scare the $*#&@ outta me, though.

  • MikeB

    if complaining is good for the soul, that explains so much of what I read online

  • Postal Customer

    “Who knows whether Minnesota will ever again be the official home of winter in the United States?”

    Have you already forgotten about our previous two winters? And 2010/2011?

    • Yesterday’s news. Like streetcars in Saint Paul.

  • It’s not all about the snow. It’s about the cold.

    As Bob pointed out before, there are MANY places around the country that get more snow than Minnesota, but Minnesota is frequently the coldest spot in the lower 48.

    Are we so quick to forget the frozen hell on Earth this state was just last winter?

  • John

    I’m with the “smash the record” crowd.

    If you’re gonna be miserable anyways, might as well be totally miserable, but with bragging rights.