It's easy to scoff at the Bay Area's school-canceling rain showers, our primal fear of snow chains, our seriously freezing 50-degree days. But even when our weather patterns pursue an alternative lifestyle, do we not suffer? Do we not spend our summer barbecues huddling desperately over the grill, keeping a tiny flame alive in a gale, or waste our winter Tahoe trips skiing over lightly dusted rocks?
We may not be dodging ham-sized hailstones, but we've surely earned our winter ennui. Come January, it takes real motivation to trudge through days smothered and covered by a suddenly malevolent fog, or face the indignity of a five-day workweek after the warm glow of the holidays.
Fortunately, there is hope. There is our critics' selections of the most exciting upcoming films, books, plays, and dance events to give our days purpose. And if the Winter Arts Guide is our shepherd, we shall not want for fun stuff to do around town.
So whether it's a genteel evening with Fogg Theatre's The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, or local bands paying funky tribute to Sly & The Family Stone, or taking down S.F. tech companies in videogames, we have reasons to brave another freezing 50-degree day.
After all, it'll be much colder come summertime.