We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heck, Mrs. BD and I have skiied at 10 below. Definitely brisk and exhilarating. I recall that I had a big old Ford Bronco at the time, and it was not too eager to get running but it did after coughing a bit. The skiing was just fine (short lift lines) but the chair lift, in the wind, was brutal. That was Vermont.
RE: Minus negative temps. I don't care for them. Too nose searing. However after living 20 years on the US Gulf Coast I'll take 2 weeks of minus negative over 6 months of human body temperature with sauna humidity. Up "Nort" where I live now I can be out side every day and it's quite pleasant. If it's in the 20's I can be out in a T-shirt plus a sweat shirt with a good hat and boots as long as I'm active. Can't take enough clothes off in the USGC heat to get comfortable for 6-9 months of the year.
We do have an engine block heater for each car, but haven't bothered with it this year. -4F is warm enough.
I was one admonished by a NWS forecaster in Honolulu when I commented in Tennessee we had upward of 90% humidity. He said it was impossible because the ocean would moderate it. I replied, I don't know what it is on the coast but by the time that hot air blew across all those trees in Alabama, it was 90% by the time it got to Tennessee.
I was in Seattle once when they had 80 degrees. People were complaining about the humidity. I said "What humidity? Until the air you inhale feels like a hot beer pouring down your throat, you don't have humidity to speak about."
In Fairbanks, AK, the kids went outside for recess until the temp dropped below -20. Living now in Fl, +20 seems almost unbearable. I drove a few times at -45 or so on tires with flat spots from not flexing until they warmed up a bit. It's interesting putting the car in gear, and wondering when and if it'll move. Everyone should experience true cold weather (and the Mojave Desert in summertime) at least once.