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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Friday, December 18, 2009

The weather outside is frightful...(and thoughts thereof)

When they changed the forecast the other day from 'snow showers' to 'snow', I felt a tingle.  Now they're saying we may be getting slammed.  I was just telling a young friend who has moved here from the Midwest that Maryland has very special snow traditions.  As soon as snow is forecast Marylanders must first:

1.  PANIC;
2.  Run to the grocery store to stock up on toilet paper, milk, and brownie mix, and other essentials (I got up early to do my regular shopping and by 8:00 a.m. the parking lot was crazy full and the inside of the store was total chaos.  A woman I met while we hurried to get out of the way from someone barreling into a parking space and who is new to the area said in her sweet Southern drawl, "Ah've nevah quite seen ahnythin lahk this!");
3.  Drive like a moron before the stuff even starts to hit the ground. (You do know the only difference between those who have 4-wheel drive and those who do not is that those who do get stuck farther from home.)

And so we prepare for our second snowfall of the year.  I'm heading to the gym...


Purple Flowers said...

NJ has the same chaos. It's amazing that people think they won't get out of the house for three months. I needed to go to the UPS store next to a grocery store. Ugh - the parking zoo was wild.

How about the news Anchors. They tell us to be prepared w/our shovels. No shit Sherlock! Every year it's the same old thing. Being talked down to like I'm some kind of idiot is annoying.

Happyone :-) said...

I wonder how much snow we will really get. It really is funny how most people panic about it.
I can remember driving my little saturn without any trouble in the snow past lots of 4 wheelers spun off in all directions.

Jamie said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning. Your story is true here, too. I am ever amazed at how totally off the wall people are when snow is predicted. I have always said that when grocery store sales are lagging, they contact the national weather service for a few incorrect snow warnings, and the stores are back in business! Everyone runs out to buy their "whites"...milk, tp, diapers...etc.

I hope your weekend is lovely. Hugs. :)

Cheryl said...

I love Jamie's comment! I stopped in at the grocery store after driving the kids yesterday morning. It wasn't busy yet. I didn't get any whites, but I got lots of food and can't wait to start cooking. Call me today if you want to say hi!

beachgirl said...


People are crazy down here when hurricanes are coming. I used to live up there so I know how it is. I used to have to make it home so I could make it up the hill and into the driveway.

Have an awesome weekend. The ride to Jupiter was awesome but windy and chilly.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Our snow has stopped and it's heading your way. From what I hear, you will get slammed. Be safe and stay warm.

Gilly said...

Well, you do seem to have good reason topanic|! Everywhere here descends into chaos when we have an inch or two on the roads!! ;)

Lena said...

Same way here in CT. I heard the stores were wild yesterday, but I didn't venture out.

The weather forecasters seem to scare the people every time, making it seem like it has never snowed in New England before!

Palm Springs Savant said...

I'm always amazed by the reactions and mass panic that ensures with such storm warnings. With the exception of this storm, which interrupts the critical shopping days before Christmas, I sometimes think the mass panic-buying of milk, bread and eggs before a storm is good for the economy. people get stuck in the house, bored and consume all kinds of stuff!

jane said...

haha! i love how everyone goes running for milk and eggs- like there is going to be a tri-state pancake cook-off. stay warm!