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Old 12-15-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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When I lived in that part of the world, starting in Fall, I'd dangle "big and small carrots" in front of my eyes to get me through the darker times of the year, it sure helped, thinking of my next sunshine getaway.

Unfortunately, with my income, I could only afford the cheapest Las Vegas 3 day vacation specials at the cheapest hotels but beggars can't be choosers! And I don't even gamble, I usually spent time there going to cheap movie theatres day or night!

So there I'd go: 1 month, 1 week, 1 day, and 5 hours I'll be on a plane outta here! 3 months, 3 days, 4 hours, I'll be outta here once again! And then? Springtime!

Dangle a couple "carrots" in front of your eyes, and do your countdown!

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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If you want to talk Yuppie or trendy winter clothing, that would be The North Face or maybe Patagonia.

LLBean/Lands End are more marketed to older folks, not the stylish. Warm at all costs, no matter how ugly.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:43 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

Me and my husband moved to Chicago 6 months ago from Central Florida. We rented an apartment downtown and a month ago we bought a house in Naperville cause rent was too high.

I miss Florida so much and I'm so sick of the weather here and it's not even winter yet. It's so depressing to stay in and too cold to go out and do anything, it gets too dark so fast and I miss our families in FL.

I know we can't move anywhere for a while now since we bought a house but I don't know what to do. I miss the hot and humid weather!

Go to www.verilux.com, they have lights for this type of disorder, which is very common. Good-luck to you...
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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WOW! And I thought I was mentioning a product that was a little pricey! It's actually less than half the price of a similar product from LL Bean:
Gloves and Mittens: Winter Accessories | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean
The LL Bean products come with a much better guarantee, though. You can pretty much return an LL Bean product anytime, no matter how long it's been. Dockers has a 60-day return policy on their website and it's probably only 30 days in most retail stores. So you do get something for that extra money.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:23 PM
 
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Wow, so much whining about the cold. People don't realize that it's only a 10 degree difference, on average, from much of the south. It snows and the trees die in Atlanta, too. Florida? What a joke. Sprawling nothingness, no character at all. If I lived there, I'd be in shock in Chicago, too.

As for clothes, I recommend Carhartt. If it's good enough for the construction workers on I29 north of Grand Forks, ND, it's probably good enough for you. Mine's taken me through 20 below with no problems.

Cheap, durable, and if you accessorize right you can pull it off in an urban chic style.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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LL Bean stuff is actually made in the USA
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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I have several pieces of clothing I've purchased from Bauer's and Bean's, and they're well made and warm, and they hold up well over time. But I don't think their quality's the same as it was 40 years ago.
that's true. I've heard the quality control went way down with a lot of hi reputation brands when they shipped their production over seas. It becomes especially apparent when you by a pair of snow boots rated as 100% waterproof and you have water beginning to seep into the seems or even through imperfections in the rubber sole. I've heard once great brands like Sorel getting bad reviews in recent years regarding waterseepage, after they started production over seas, and they were one of the go to brands for quality snowboots.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: North Jackson
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that's true. I've heard the quality control went way down with a lot of hi reputation brands when they shipped their production over seas. It becomes especially apparent when you by a pair of snow boots rated as 100% waterproof and you have water beginning to seep into the seems or even through imperfections in the rubber sole. I've heard once great brands like Sorel getting bad reviews in recent years regarding waterseepage, after they started production over seas, and they were one of the go to brands for quality snowboots.
I don't know if LL Bean quality has slipped. But if it has, it's not because their stuff is made overseas. As far as I know, all LL Bean manufacturing still occurs in Maine.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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"Look on the bright side (pun intended), crime in Chicago goes down dramatically during cold season. I always look forward to winter for that exact reason. "

A sincere question regarding the above quote from an earlier reply in this thread: Is crime so bad in the summer that it deters people from leaving their homes and exploring the city. (restaurants, bars, shopping, movies, playing sports, parks, etc) (assuming too that you're savvy enough to know the good areas from the bad).
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Wow, so much whining about the cold. People don't realize that it's only a 10 degree difference, on average, from much of the south. It snows and the trees die in Atlanta, too. Florida? What a joke. Sprawling nothingness, no character at all. If I lived there, I'd be in shock in Chicago, too.
Seriously? The average January low in Naperville IL is 25 degrees. The average January low in Raleigh NC (where I lived until moving here 20+ years ago) is 50 degrees. That's a huge difference. Average January low in Atlanta is 34 degrees. It's not just a 10 degree difference and average means just that: there will be occasional cold in a place like Atlanta and the average seasonal snowfall there is 2.4 inches ... average in Chicago is 38 inches.

I don't like Florida, but I don't see how slamming it is helping the OP get through the winter.
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