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Old 03-13-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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coldwin doesn't mess around. I want to add good old adaptation as a BIG advantage in the snow. Shivering and such is really just fear of being cold, which you probably aren't used to. Need to just get out and stand in it. True exposure damage doesn't happen quickly..
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I always wore heels, whether to work or to play. Stilettos, baby dolls, even kitten heels. everything from 2 to 4 inch heels.

I never once had a problem.
You've also said before that you took cabs everywhere right? I really think ti depends on what neighborhood you live in and what lifestyle you have. My entire street -- all of the street and about half the sidewalk area -- was covered in a sheet of ice for the better part of 2 months. It would be unnavigable in heels period.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago--Bucktown
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I moved up here about 5 weeks after having ACL reconstruction surgery, and was very worried about slipping and falling on the ice and retearing the ACL. I managed to make it through ok, though I did have a few close calls. You get used to walking in the snow/ice and some things become second nature: shuffling your feet and taking small steps, stomping around on the patches of snow-free cement to knock loose the snow that gets packed onto the bottom of your shoe, etc.

Downtown, the sidewalks are almost always cleared, so it's not really an issue there. But in Bucktown and Wicker Park, it seems like no one shovels their sidewalk, so it can get pretty treacherous.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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well thats Fed Up!

They arent held accountable for it?
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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I wish someone would start a thread about all the great positive things about Chicago.

All I seem to read is about gangs, ice killing you, brutal weather, corrupt politicians,hookers in our cars, muggings etc.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago--Bucktown
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I wish someone would start a thread about all the great positive things about Chicago.

All I seem to read is about gangs, ice killing you, brutal weather, corrupt politicians,hookers in our cars, muggings etc.
For me, that's one of the things I like about city living. It's what makes living in the city different from living in a Stepfordesque suburb.

Sure, you would prefer there not be gangs and hookers, but it gives you something to talk about. And I don't think the weather is brutal. Shreveport, now that is brutal weather. I've had enough 100 degree/80% humidity summers to last me a couple lifetimes.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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Default oh the good things about Chicago...

Sports. Restaurants. Bars. High Rises. Comedy. Museums. Higher Education. huge 20& 30 somethings population. Singles scene. Couples Scene. The Lake & Navy Pier. High Rises & Architecture. Style and Fashion. Arts.

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I wish someone would start a thread about all the great positive things about Chicago.

All I seem to read is about gangs, ice killing you, brutal weather, corrupt politicians,hookers in our cars, muggings etc.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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well thats Fed Up!

They arent held accountable for it?
No, they aren't, it's really ridiculous. It's one of the things that bothered me the most when I first moved here.

I guess Chicagoans need to be rewarded before they will shovel. A lot of people think that if they bother to shovel out their car, for example, that means they get to "claim" that parking space for the rest of the winter. Sometimes they don't even shovel it, it's just "ok, it snowed an inch, I get to put my stupid cone out in the street every day when I leave for work from now on."
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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I made it through this winter in just a leather coat. It managed to trap my body heat and keep me nice and toasty. However, I had problems with my fingers, even when wearing gloves. Same with my toes, even with wool socks. In my lifetime of experience it's always most important to keep the feet and hands warm - coat not as important.
Agree with this. I have two pretty light jackets that I alternate wearing. Usually combine with a sweater and that does it for me. But, I wear a double pair of gloves most days and if it's really cold, I put on a hat/scarf. You don't need one of those massive coats if you have a good pair of gloves and a hat.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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I drove on black ice once and had no idea. I was 19 yrs old my driving a 17 ' UHaul with a trailer attached to the back of it for my car back from Chicago to Texas. I was with my best friend and we had no idea why we kept seeing 18 wheelers in the ditches. I think angels where carrying us because it wasn't until we got to the hotel and parked our uhaul and it slid down the sloping driveway of the front entrance of the hotel did we realize we had been driving on ice. yeah sounds dumb I know.
Wait. Why were you pulling a uhaul out of Chicago?
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