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Video of Winter Classic hockey rink installation at Wrigley Field proves Chicago weather sucks

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I was near-death freezing this morning as I walked past Wrigley Field on my way to work, and the thought popped in my head, "I wonder if someone's doing a time-lapse video of the hockey rink installation?"

Sure enough, our friends at the NHL Network have obliged:

The most interesting aspect of this video, however, is not the installation of an NHL-sized hockey rink in Wrigley's left-handed-batterless center field. Indeed, this video gives time-lapse evidence of the swirling hell of winter weather that has consumed my neighborhood and the entire Chicagoland area for the last few weeks. It's even more depressing to watch when you consider there are at least 180 more days of winter left. 180 more days of this wretched cycle of wind, snow, sleet, freezing rain, icy sidewalks and TV weather people telling us that the wind chill makes it feel even worse. Papa Winter punches us in the face daily and we bleed like Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" -- and yet we stay here. And yet we stay.

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160 days of winter left? No. Last time I checked, winter doesn't end in June. Thanks for the post though.

Kevin Replies: I don't know if you've ever lived through a Chicago spring, my friend, but they are nothing short of miserable. You cannot tell me that the months of April and May in the Chicagoland area even remotely resemble anything close to "summer" or even "spring." And before anyone comes back with "If you hate it so much, why don't you move?" I would refer you first to the Thomas Campion poem "Now Winter Nights Enlarge":

Now winter nights enlarge
This number of their hours;
And clouds their storms discharge
Upon the airy towers.
Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o'erflow with wine,
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine...

This time doth well dispense
With lovers' long discourse;
Much speech hath some defense,
Though beauty no remorse.
All do not all things well:
Some measures comely tread,
Some knotted riddles tell,
Some poems smoothly read.
The summer hath his joys,
And winter his delights;
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys
They shorten tedious nights.

That was funny. Funnier, though, is that there are enough of us who are willing to pay top dollar to watch the game outside in the cold, wretched Chicago winter.

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