I have a theory that many of us AA'ers are mid 40s and living in the NorthEast USA. Terrible winters, which is why we are such grumpy pricks at this time of year.
Come on, now! These two terms do not belong in same sentence. I've spent few years in North Jersey, and they really only have tropical winters (at best).
Having moved to North Montana in October, I gotta say these guys here have probably best winters of the lower 48 I had a chance to experience (much more intense than Chicago, for example and I dare to say better than MN, which I regularly check), and for the fraction of living costs in Alaska.
Windchill in the valley regularly in the -20C - 25C range, often [still very comfortable] -30, and few times in winter up to -35C - 40C. Now, that's a winter proper!
Thanks for the interesting read. This American program was obviously inaccessible and very much illegal behind the iron curtain.
The options you guys had here, it's truly mindblowin' and heartbreakin' (a book like DeReAtari in '82 ? SRSLY?).
I couldn't even say at school I had an Atari...