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Snow Day

It doesn't take a lot of snow to convince the local powers-that-be to cancel school.  We barely got more than a dusting last night, mixed with a bit of sleet and freezing rain.  But that was enough.  Nancy and I had assumed that it would be -- we've lived here a long time and have gotten pretty good at predicting what the county board of ed will do.  But when we went to confirm it this morning we found that our satellite TV wasn't working.  We tried the internet, but that's also satellite (we live out in the sticks) and it didn't work either.  Ice on the dishes.  So much for modern technology.  We finally had to call the police.  No school for my third grader; late start at the middle school.

I hate to be one of those parents who complains about how easy kids these days have it -- you know, "When I was your age we walked seven miles to school, barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways.  And we liked it, dagnabit!"  But the fact is, when I was kid, it took at least -- at least -- six inches of snow to get us a snow day.  True, I lived up north in NY, where we were used to snow and towns actually had snow removal equipment.  But still, this is ridiculous.  My kid's happy to have the day off, but there is no reason they had to cancel school today.  -- Sigh -- My tax dollars at work...

Happy Birthday to rebel country rocker Steve Earle who is something north of 50 today.  I met him several years ago when he was living in Sewanee.  Nice guy. 

Today's music:  Steve Earle (Guitar Town)


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Jan. 17th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
But the fact is, when I was kid, it took at least -- at least -- six inches of snow to get us a snow day.

I grew up in eastern Virginia, and even though we didn't have snow often, it still didn't warrant a day off of school for us unless it was a foot or more. When I was in the second grade, I was home recovering from a terrible case of the measles, when it snowed about six inches. I was the only kid who got to stay home from school, and I couldn't go out and play in the snow because I was still recovering.

Jan. 17th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, so it's not just me.... Thanks for the comment, Misty.
Jan. 18th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)

I know what you mean. I lived near Lake Superior in Wisconsin until I was ten. And remember waiting for the bus in snow at least shin level.

The next five in Mt Vernon, Indiana just two or three inched did it there.

Last two years going to Houston just snow flurries in air did it then.

And then not going to school but living in New Orleans just the threat of snow and they cancel school.

I guess mainly becase of the lack of equipment for snow removal the farther south you go.

Oh by the way schools pushed back here in Evansville, Indiana two hours today.


Jan. 18th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply, Wayne. I do think it gets worth as you move away from cold weather climes. Makes sense, I suppose. But we have snow every year, and you'd think that a small investment in road equipment would pay for itself pretty quickly....
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