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Winter weather: I’m so ... not happy you’re here

December 14, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
Well this will be my first blog, for lack of a better word, complaining about the winter weather. It’s a known fact that I’m not a fan. While snow glittering on a wide-open countryside or at the top of the mountain may be beautiful, breath-taking even, dealing with the stuff in day-to-day life where transportation is involved is a different kind of breath-taking. It’s one of the most frightening things imaginable, to me anyway.

The people who snow baffle me. I don’t understand it. I guess if you are an avid skier or snow boarder, I get why you would like snow. All of the those winter Olympians would have much to do without it either. But what about the regular people. What is good about something that cancels events, changes weekend plans and can lead to unfortunate accidents?

The first real snow storm of the year didn’t just come with the flaky white substance. No, it was coupled with high, gusty winds that made the thought of traveling anywhere impossible. I would have actually preferred last year’s 14 inches in one day that the blizzard we got on Saturday into Sunday. Well, maybe that’s going a bit too far but you get my drift (pun intended).

Now all has settled down and we are dealing with the frigid cold temperatures that has moved in to replace the high winds. That means were are dealing with the after effects of snow. The icy sidewalks and roads. The sloppy mess snow being driven over before it was the snow plows came through. The heightened risk of getting into car accidents because people forget that you have to drive more cautiously in the winter.

I wish I could bring back last Friday before all the snow hit the fan. It was cold sure but at least the roads and sidewalks were dry. I could have lived with the light dusting here and there from the few snow flurries we had. That would have been an acceptable winter for me. But, I live in Iowa and am not surprised when that hope for a light snow winter is long past when the first big snow storm hits. I guess I should be used to it by now, but a girl can dream, right?


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