Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow Day?

The 5:30 a.m. robo phone call says the Buffalo Public Schools are closed. TV says the New York State Thruway is closed in Western New York. Friends 20 minutes away claim 20 inches of snow. And here is my house, photographed this morning. When I say that the reports of Buffalo's snowstorms are greatly exaggerated, I'm not kidding. The snow that generally gets reported for Buffalo usually falls south of the city in the "snowbelt." Seriously, Syracuse and Binghamton usually get more snow than us. Even Washington D.C. had more snow than we did last year.

We do get a powerful lake-effect snow storm in the city every five to six years that can put you all to shame. When we do things here, we do them right.

I blame it all on my daughter. Last night she did the freezing pennies, sleeping with spoons under her pillow, flushed three ice cubes, wore her pajamas inside out and chanted, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" while spinning exactly three times before she went to bed. And this morning? She got a snow day AND no snow. She's a witch I tell you.

6 comments:

  1. Oh the fickleness of lake effect snow! My parents live right in the snow belt of lake Erie in Ohio, and often they'll have a foot, while just a couple miles closer to the lake has only a dusting.

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  2. Hahaha! Does everyone rush out and buy up all the bread and milk at the grocery when there is a threat of snow? Around here "snow" tends to be 1/2" that melts before noon... but there is no bread or dairy to be purchased anywhere. I think even the people with lactose or gluten allergies make sure to buy some.

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  3. This is so funny. We got what you got, so your daughter's spell worked here too.

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  4. I'm glad I'm not in Rochester anymore around this time of year. October and November are nice, but from there on, it gets a bit much.

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  5. Joseph,
    My condolences for your parents. I feel their pain. And I love your rainwater/tap water Sciency Answer this week. You make me smarter every time I read one of your posts.

    Eliza,
    Around here they buy up the beer.

    Donna,
    her powers extend throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.

    NotSoAngryRedHead,
    I feel your pain too. I'm fine with the wintery weather through the holidays, but if we could skip from January to March, I'd be a happier man.

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  6. But she's a pretty little witch. It's amazing how hard that little lady will work so she doesn't have to do any work.

    A real talent.

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