Interview with Old Man Winter

 

A couple summers ago, I sat down with one of the least liked people on Earth, Old Man Winter. We did the interview by Skype. He called from an undisclosed location.

First, thank you for doing this. How should I call you? What do your friends call you?

Well, I don’t have a lot of friends. Usually people hate winter, I mean me. You can just call me Winter.

Ok, Winter. So, what are you up to now that your job is done?

My job is never done. See, there are those little things called the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Now that I’m done with your part of the world, I’m taking care of the other one.

Sure, but you’re much nicer to them. How come their winter, or their “you” I should say, is a lot nicer?

Because you’re the North. If you don’t get cold and snowy and damp during winter, there’s
nothing northerly about you anymore. And also, the South gets really hot and dry and sweaty during my pal Young Dude Summer, so I cut them some slack.

Ok, that kinda makes sense. I guess I should say what do you do when work slows down?

What everybody else does: I sleep in, relax, catch up on some tv shows. Especially Game of Thrones as I was a guest-star on it.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia were tough with you last season. They issued a reward for your capture, and in PEI they even locked up your friend Frosty. How did you feel about that?

What do you think? Like I said, I don’t have a lot of friends, so seeing my buddy behind bars was pretty hard. I’m just doing my job, you know. I too get the me-blues, I mean the winter-blues, except that I have it all year long. Having a support system is important and really helps. When the cops locked up Frosty I really struggled to get going. I mean, look at him, was it really necessary? He’s not a bad person!

There is an awkward moment while I sit quietly, waiting for Winter to wipe the tears off of his face.

You don’t seem to be very happy with your job, do you ever think about retiring?

Retiring? And who’s going to do the job? I’d have to find someone willing to do it and train them for a while… In my dreams I’d have an Old Man Winter Jr to pass the job down to. But as I’ve never been able to find an Old Woman Winter, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen.

Have you tried online dating? I keep hearing you can find all kind of people on there.

It’s called Tinder, not Twinter. It’s not like there a lot of people like me. No, really, I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll grow old, well older, alone and keep spreading cold and crappy weather until I’m too old.

I know we often complain about you, but we need winter. What will happen then?

Global warming.

April 2nd, in Halifax, Nova Scotia


You’re funnier than I thought. Thank you for sitting down with me.

You’re welcome, thank you for having me. Where do you live?

Right here in Nova Scotia, Canada.

See you mid-October then.

I was starting to like you…

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 12 – On Tour in Canada

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 NEW PODCAST EPISODE to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

In between two concerts, Nova Scotian drummer, Will Fisher, stops by to talk about the glamourous life of a touring musician in Canada. We discuss five-star hotel suites, dingy motels, small town concerts and international touring around a good cup of eggnog and rum.

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 11 – Eurotrip

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NEW PODCAST EPISODE:

Serial backpacker, Mike Howarth, stops by the podcast to talk about the 10 weeks he spent exploring Europe. We discuss buying too many cheap European tomatoes when you only have two bags, a random encounter with two RCMP officers in Spain, a man selling beer in his underwear in Slovakia, famous European landmarks and a train on a boat. Bon voyage !

All the episodes are now available on Soundcloud and iTunes. Show some love: like, share and review!

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 10 – Wine, wine and wine!

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Wine enthusiast, Ericka Wicks, and I go to a Nova Scotia vineyard, Domaine de Grand Pré, to talk about and taste Canadian wine. Is wine that was not produced in France even a thing? Is it ok to drink wine that comes in a box? What should you eat next time you’re having wine? Can we sample three different wines and not get a little buzzed? Listen to this episode and find out!

The episode is available on iTunes, Souncloud or right here:

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 09 – Copacanada

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Friend of the podcast, Damian Daniels, is back and this time we’re talking about the Olympics that just happened in Rio. How many hours of sports is it humanly possible to watch per day? How did Canada and France do? Is team dressage a real thing? How do you pronounce Fu Yuanhui? Can Damian do a good Ryan Lochte? Do I laugh every couple minutes? Listen to this episode and find out!

Available on iTunes:
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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 07 – Canadian Writer Owen Laukkanen

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A coast to coast interview with the author of the Stevens and Windermere thrillers, Owen Laukkanen.
We talk about trains, travelling across Canada, touring in the States, his work, Canadian litterature and play a game with Margaret Atwood. Well, she wasn’t actually there, but the game was about her.
 
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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 06 – Field Trip

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To celebrate my 4th anniversary as a permanent resident, the Slowly Becoming Canadian podcast is taking a field trip. Join me on a guided tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The tour is given by a professional interpreter, I take care of the rambling part.

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