Monday, November 14, 2011

3 Things I Hate About Fall/Winter

As much as I love the cold compared to the blistering heat, there are some things about the season that I'm not very happy about. While this might come as a surprise to you, Fall and Winter aren't perfect despite what we crank them up to be. Sure, you can sleep comfortably and avoid the sweltering heat, but that doesn't mean there aren't any compromises.

1. Day Light Savings

We all know what day light savings is. It's that time of the year to switch your clocks back an hour. Just kidding, your magical technological contraptions will do it themselves! Anyways, we can all agree that getting an extra hour to sleep on Saturday is one of those little gifts from life to give you a break, right? So what's so bad about it? Does the Skyakes Staff hate rest? Do we have something against sleep and extra time?

Somebody stop that dog! Won't anyone think of the children?!

The problem with day light savings is that the benefits don't last forever. After getting a nice hour of extra sleep, what then? We suddenly change our minds and switch our clocks forward and call it a day? Of course not; we have to live with it until summer. Suddenly, we have to endure extremely bright mornings that feel like afternoons and late afternoons that look like sunsets.

Along with the region's seasonal day changes, the hour set-back pushes days to start earlier and end earlier. By the time you're leaving work or school, the sun is waving you goodbye and you end up stuck with lame ol' moon for the rest of your "leisure" time before the next full day of work.

Go away! Nobody wants you!

2. Sleep

Speaking of work, before you can do that, you're going to have to sleep. But hold on, as I said before, sleeping during the cold is the best thing since frozen yogurt! What could possibly go wrong? Once you leave the cold abyss of the outside world and enter your warm blankets of security and comfort, what more could you want?

Then again, you can never have enough apricots.

The thing is, sleep during the cold acts a double-edged sword. I think we can all agree that we have those days where we don't want to leave the warm confines of our bed and we tell ourselves to take five extra minutes in bed to enjoy the warmth a little longer before facing the literal cold reality of life? But you don't always take five extra minutes do you? You find yourself waking up twenty minutes later, and late to school/work, don't you?

Along with the darker and colder days, Fall and Winter comes off as a very 'lazy' season in which all you really can (want to) do is sit around with your bed sheets wrapped around your body as you click away on your computer or read a nice book.

3. You Can't Go Anywhere

If you think that I'm going to talk about heavy snow storms that rarely happens and then go on to retort me in the comments, allow me to destr- correct you. Even when the streets aren't covered by ten feet of snow, you don't see thousands of people crowded in the streets dancing around like it's summer. One thing you probably didn't know about Fall and Winter is that it's cold. I just blew your mind, didn't I?

"WHAT." - You

As said before, in such coldness, people don't tend to say "Hey, it's cold. Let's put one and one together and go outside in the freezing cold so that we can play hooky." Instead, people generally stay at home and simply "rest". But hold on a moment, you're better than that right? You're a rebel! You don't abide by social norms! You go outside without a jacket all the time! You're basically the talk of the school!

Pictured (Front): You

But hold on. Unless you enjoy going outside to wander the bitter cold streets under the warmth of the orange street lights alone, you'll probably stay home too. Even if your "manliness" is ten folds beyond the normal capacity, that doesn't mean that all your friends will comply and go with you to Applebees on Friday. The fact is, you'll be going outside less than you would during the summer. It's time to say goodbye to friends and hello to the welcoming computer screen at home. (Or whatever else you do. I'm no judge here.)