Jose Ruiz grew up in balmy El Salvador, where the temperature hovers at 85 degrees, coconut palms and tropical orchids flourish and he worked in sunny fields harvesting beans and corn.
Then, he moved to Boston. In the winter. And got a job shoveling snow.
What must that have been like?
“Aauuugh!” Jose says.
He was 24 at the time, and a pretty sturdy guy. But still.
“There were times I thought, ‘What was I thinking?’” he says with a laugh. “It was very, very hard to acclimate to the weather. But I thought, you know what? I’m here now. I made my decision.”