Sunday, February 10, 2013


   The Northeast got hit with another blizzard, and they are calling it a winter hurricane, because some areas got 'thunder snow'. The snowfall amounts were measured in feet, and this storm ranked fifth all time.  It seems like we are having "the storm of the century" every season lately.  Super storm Sandy just happened four months ago, and folks are still trying to recover from that disastrous hurricane.
  This storm was very similar to the Blizzard of 1978, which happened this same week,  thirty-five years ago.  Thousands of cars were stranded on the highways which made it impossible for the snow plows to clear the roads.  There was a state of emergency for more than one week. Everyone remembers where they were that week.  My parents were trying to move to New Hampshire.  They had passed papers on our old house in Massachusetts, but the moving company could not pick up the furniture for several days.
  This storm was managed must differently.  The Governor asked all motorists to stay off the roads unless essential personnel.  Airports were shut down, and buses and trains stopped commuter service.    Banks  closed early on Friday, then did not open on Saturday.  People stayed home, and Sunday there was business as usual.  It was a good time to catch up on TV shows, and eat junk food.  Luckily we did not lose power, although close to a half million homes did.  I hope life gets back to normal for everyone in a few days.
  We were planning to have a party on Saturday, because Matt is home from California.  All the plans were rearranged, but he did get to visit friends for a few days in Boston.  His dad would have loved help with the snow blower and shoveling, but that's a lousy way to spend a vacation. It reminds me of a tea bag saying, "Life is what happens, when you are making other plans."  I often say the best memories happen when the plan is ruined, and we will never forget this visit.  In the scheme of things, it will be a minor inconvenience, because we are all safe and sound.  I'm glad we kept the plans simple.  I've learned not to make things too complicated, and I can enjoy myself a lot more......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on........

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