things you should have told me about Minnesota

To all of you who oh-so-helpfully pointed out that Minnesota was cold, here's what you should have warned me about:
  • The thunderstorms are long, frequent, and heavy on the lightning. 
  • If you ride your bike at night, you'll get hit in the face with a wall of mosquitoes.
  • Basements? Terrifying.
  • Minnesotans apparently did not learn the art of merging in drivers' ed.
  • Your local hardware store chain (Menard's) and your iPhone will not get along. (context: this conversation was about buying a new fan)