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To acclimatize means to get used to a new climate or set of circumstances.

Be that as it may, I think it’s a myth that you can get used to an adverse climate. I’ve lived in Toronto all my life. At the time of writing, that’s already been closer to 61 years than to 60 years.

It might just be my imagination, but I’m reasonably certain that winters here are not as cold and not as snowy as when I was a kid. Nonetheless, I hate winter more now than I used to. And, except for the considerably milder and drier than average winters that we only very occasionally have, I hate winter more each year.


This is the Toronto to which I’m easily acclimatized. The winter version? Not so much.

Acclimatizing? Bah, humbug.

So why, you may ask, do I continue to live in Toronto? There are a couple of reasons.

First, I like big cities and Toronto is the biggest city in Canada. I could move to another country, but immigration officials in other countries might have something to say about me emigrating there. It’s not that I’ve ever done anything wrong, but I haven’t done a lot right either so I might not get to the top of their lists. Besides, I think Canada is one of the saner countries in the world today, so I’m hesitant to emigrate.

Second, Toronto is a very beautiful, livable city on those few days of the year when we have great weather.

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