Originally Posted by popalock
I just realized you are in Minot... Dude, I don't envy you.
I had a few friends stationed at the Air Force Base up there at somepoint in their careers and they weren't fans of the climate...lol
OK, good, so you understand how important home theater is to me!
One asks, "Why Not Minot?" and the answer is "Freezin's the Reason!" I think that's a t-shirt. My dad was in the Air Force as an intelligence captain on the SR-71 project. After pissing off his superior, instead of a coveted assignment in human intel in Germany, he was transferred to "Missiles in Minot."
Actually, the last couple of winters were relatively mild. I mean, last year's 63 degrees in January?! Unheard of. But today I woke up to -9, and of course being such a flat state we get high winds which really suck.
But, for my family growing up here, the winds were a boon, because we were a sailing family. Every single weekend for every summer when I was in grade school, we hit Lake Sakakawea (200 mi long lake from a dammed Missouri) and engaged in two-three day cruises to a different bay with friends, a serious racing circuit, week-long cruises, etc. I had to helm, put up / take down sails, crew during races, anchor, be hoisted up 32' to fix snagged halyards. Waterballoon wars, rowboat races, finds of petrified wood fossils, good fun. Fondest memories of my childhood!
Ironically, when we moved to San Diego, the sailing sucked. Super expensive dock fees, boring light wind from the same direction most of the time which meant a difficult sail if you want to go to Catalina island to the NW, and crowded!
Now I'm back here. And home theater offers a good winter comfort until camping season!