No, I got a lifetime's worth of snow living in Cleveland and Rochester, NY. That's why I live in San Diego now! Do you know of any good teashops in Cleveland? I might have to go back at some point this year.
Yes, Mad Monk in Ocean Beach is a great place! Taylor is the young guy who runs it and he's always pouring tea for anyone who walks in the door. He carries mostly Pu-erh and Taiwanese oolongs. It's a tiny shop but a fun place.
Leaf and Kettle is in Del MAr and is a more upscale shop, but they do paid tastings and have lots of good teas which I'm just starting to explore.
I would be honored to share some tea with you Marshal, either at my home or at Mad Monk Tea. I'm a gong fu novice, but your blog has been instrumental in my education.