i don’t much know how to talk about this time of year without saying things that have been said once or twice before. you’d think by now minnesotans would’ve come up with more creative things to say to each other during winter’s 6 months, give or take, than “gosh is it cold”, “boy is it dark” and maybe a game of thrones reference or two. when engaged in this sort of small talk, i usually like to change it up a little by talking about, predictably, food. “golly am i tired of winter vegetables. what i wouldn’t give for a vine-ripe tomato!!”.