March 7 at 7:00 pm
We have a weather forecast of light snow mixed with rain, totaling maybe 3 or 4 inches of accumulation over the next 24 hours. The only precipitation we had of any kind until early this morning was drizzle, and right now there is a little bit of confectioner's sugar on the ground. But . . .
Last night the teevee news had a crawl at the bottom announcing the hundreds of events and activities that had been cancelled. There were long lines at the gas stations and the stores have been stripped of bread and milk. The local news programs consisted largely of people wearing no hats, so their hair could blow around, standing on eroding barrier beaches predicting further erosion.
I don't need to characterize this for you, I hope. We are a nation of coddled twits. I, for one, am off to work.
On the other hand, when it's snowing at 4 inches an hour, there's a blinding wind, and already a foot of snow on the ground, you see people out and about in their SUVs and sliding off the road or getting stuck overnight trying to go uphill on the Interstate. Any chance to be a fool, we'll take.