Monday, December 21, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a Sucky Christmas

You'd think that, since they have to endure eight months of winter a year, Bend denizens would at least get the partial compensation of a white Christmas, right?

Wrong.

White Christmases are a rarity in Bend. (I'm talking about IN Bend, not up on the mountains outside of Bend.) Blackdog has lived here for 25 years and can remember only three or four white Christmases. One was last year, when we had a shitload of snow. Another was the year I arrived. There were one or two others in between.

Almost every year the weather in Bend at Christmas is like it is today: gray, dreary, drizzly and dismal. In other words, it sucks.

Just the same, from here in gray, dreary, drizzly, dismal, sucky Bend, your old friend Blackdog is wishing you a merry Christmas and a suckless New Year.

Postscript: 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day. No snow. 23 degrees. Another of our delightful inversions -- cold, gray, grim. Freezing fog in the forecast. Gosh, Christmas is just SWELL in the "Oregon sunbelt."

7 comments:

jared said...

Yeah, Bend really isn't that racially diverse. So I don't understand how it is possible that you don't see "White" during Christmas.

blackdog said...

By the end of December people in Bend are looking more gray than white.

blackdog said...

Our local daily paper, The Bulletin, has a good explanation today of why we get so many "inversions" in the winter: http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091229/NEWS0107/912290383/1041&nav_category=

Bottom line: It's the damn mountains.

Anonymous said...

Hey Blackdog, how would a guy send you an email if he wanted to get in touch with you outside of the comment box? Don't worry, I'm not a stalker, nor am I selling anything.

blackdog said...

Sorry, I won't give out my personal e-mail. I'm sure you can understand why.

Anonymous said...

OK, I just thought you were envious of all the attention reporters lavish on Duncan, and wanted to give you your fair share. I don't meet too many people who are unafraid to dis Central Oregon, particularly ones who have lived here for a couple of decades.

blackdog said...

"I don't meet too many people who are unafraid to dis Central Oregon, particularly ones who have lived here for a couple of decades."

I don't know if it's a matter of being afraid so much as a matter of being in denial.