Various news outlets today carried the Obama reaction to snow in DC. Basically, the President came out and said that Washington folks need "Chicago toughness" and not act like wussies when some snow falls.
I paused here. "Chicago toughness"?
Throughout my life, I've had these toughness-ism's thrown at me. Here in the military sphere, there is "Army tough", which is supposed to be pretty badass. I'm thinking the Marines also have some expression like this (Marine tough). We Air Force folks are lucky and feel generally ok when we are referred to as "Air Force Wussies".
I used to work with a guy who described the streets of Memphis, and how you had to be "Memphis tough". He was mostly a ladies man, and I kept wondering if his version of tough was more of a Don Juan type lover.
Fans of the Steelers will say that "Steeler Tough" is awful damn strong, but then the Phoenix crowd might argue and say "Cardinal Tough" is good enough to beat "Steeler Tough".
I'm pretty sure that Governor Palin will say that "Alaska Tough" is four times stronger than "Chicago Tough".
Brittney Spears would likely argue that "Louisiana Tough" is more than enough for "Hollywood Tough".
So there are lots of versions of tough out there. As for the DC crowd....just drag your snow shovels out and act like real men....and show that "DC Tough" is more than enough. Maybe this will trigger some kind of tough guy competition in DC with a bunch of folks showing up to show how tough they are. We could use that kinda atmosphere right now.