Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Weather according to Heidi

Happy Icemageddon everyone!  :-)  I LOVE (only because it amuses me) how every year countless Ohioans get "weather amnesia".  I mean really,  it is Ohio, it is Winter and it does tend to get a little cold and messy now and again.  I have lived in Pittsburgh, PA as well as Pinehurst, NC and most of my life in Ohio.... what's the confusion.  In Pittsburgh it was roughly the same weather, I didn't have a car and the buses rarely stopped.  In North Carolina if the weather got too cold and slippery, life did tend to stop, but that's to be expected; when you only get an occasional dusting of snow, you are never really prepared for it.  But come on Buckeye's... ARE YOU NEW?  It's been 33 years since our last on record blizzard and we (not me.. I don't!) act like every little front that passes through means we should run to the store and stock up for a months supplies.  STOP FREAKING OUT, It's just a little weather!  

For those of you that are not from my neighborhood here in the lovely town of Grandview Heights, we are a small walking community, just outside of Downtown Columbus.  We don't have buses, we walk or ride our bikes to school and I love it.  We also have a wonderful crew of workers that do a fantastic job of keeping our roads clean and safe.  I have on many occasions driven within the limits of Grandview and thought "what's all the fuss?  Why are there so many schools out today?"  just to pass outside of the city limits and think "What the What is going on?  These roads are terrible!"  So we are very lucky to be so lucky. :-)  

I grew up on a small farm (birds not cows or crops) in the middle of the woods, in the middle of nowhere in Ashland County, Ohio.  I remember winter being cold and snowy every day and because I loved to ice-skate, I remember hurrying off of the bus and back the lane to shovel off the pond.  This is just not how winter is anymore.  Don't know if it's Global warming (i think it probably is), don't know why it is happening, but I do know that winter get's more and more pathetic the older I get.  I'm not saying that it doesn't get cold or very dangerous outside, I'm just saying that I don't understand why everyone keeps freaking out like it never happens.  It really doesn't happen that often and when it does, it doesn't tend to stay bad for long.  What's all the fuss and the name calling about??? "Icemageddon"??  Snowpocolypse??  I think that they are clever and perhaps I'm just sad that I didn't create them.  Those of you that know me know that I LOVE to come up with a good name. :-)  Point is.... STOP FREAKING OUT!   It's annoying and I repeat:

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