Little Grey Bungalow
Is that seven sighs of relief I hear?
Congrats on the working furnance. Hope the pipes all survived. Totally cracked up on the last line of the poster - Jim Cantore spotting. My sister in Boston saw him 2 yrs ago and we told her to totally stock up on food. Good thing, during the month of Feb. she saw 7' of snow, the kids had only 5 days of school for the month. Thanks for the laugh.
So true! Most people in Maryland have NO idea how to drive in snow, so your remarks on the East Coast are on target. My dad had a parish in NC for a while, and he complained that snow flurries caused schools to close. Of course, when you can't even BUY snow tires in some areas, the hint of snow is a pretty valid cause for panic.
Have you ever wondered why people buy so much toilet paper when snow threatens? Or why they go to the library or that red box thing and collect more movies than they could possibly watch if they sat up for 48 hours straight? (And how do they expect to watch movies if the power goes off?)
I live in Portland, Oregon, and I think we may qualify as part of the South. 3" yesterday and it took Little Sister 2.5 hours to drive 20 miles home from work. Of course, part of the problem is that our highways are built on these beautifully photogenic flying-buttress-bridge things which always freeze because it's usually rained before the snow flew . . . and of course nobody knows how to drive in it. @ Lady Anne: 'cause that's just something you're supposed to DO. The joke in Texas (central, just south of Fort Worth, not the Panhandle!) was that at the first snowflake you were required to go to the grocery store and buy bread and milk. Even if nobody in your household ever consumed either one, or you were stocked up. It's just something you're supposed to do.
I think the movies are because God forbid you should actually have to talk to the other members of your family during the 48 hours you're trapped together.
Although our oven is electric, we have a gas cook-top, and we always plan a week's worth of meals that can be heated on the stove, in case the power goes out. When spring comes I donate whatever is not used to a food pantry. A fireplace in the living room, and a downstairs toilet directly under a window, so you can fill the tank from outside, and we're good.
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