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March 13th, 2014

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  • Wed, 22:12: We survived the March Blizzard of 2014... but it wasn't much fun. And now: below zero temps again. Looking for lots of frozen roads tonight.
  • Thu, 04:09: RT @mcbridemelissa: Repairs today. Got courtesy call from dispatch that this guy was on his way. "you're joking right?" "um no ma'am." http…
  • Thu, 05:58: RT @XplodingUnicorn: Ladies, men will never get what you mean by “I’m fine” unless there’s a crack of lightening and scary music. Even that…

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Singing the Snow Blues

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


Okay, okay, we get it: Mother Nature’s in charge.


Back in 1978 I wrote in my high school paper that I got cabin fever and opened a window, only to be buried in a collapsing drift. My attitude toward winter hasn’t changed. Winter itself did for a while, taking a temporary break … maybe vacationing in Siberia. Now it’s back, and as sometimes happens when people return from a break, it’s back with a vengeance.

(When I get back from vacation, I just want more vacation.)

We got within a smidgen (technical term, there) of hitting the all-time record amount of snow for winter in this area, at an estimated forty stories. The only thing standing in our way is one winter in the early 80’s, when we had so much snow the spring melt formed Lake Mississippi.
           We also broke five low temperature records this winter. At least one of the old records dates back to the winter after I was born; imagine a six month old in a house heated by one coal-burning furnace, with temperatures in the minus teens. That’s how I grew up to be me.Collapse )

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