The weather experts are forecasting a major snowstorm for this weekend. It is supposed to start snowing at three in the afternoon or perhaps at seven in the evening. I live in Hagerstown, Maryland. We may get anywhere from 10-15 inches or 15-20 inches. That’s what the weather experts say.
The problem is, the weather experts are all a bunch of lying liars. They lie more than politicians or televangelists. Unlike politicians or televangelists, who sometimes get thrown in prison for their lies, weather experts are never held accountable for their lies and half-truths.
I don’t really care either way. I lived in upstate New York for four years. I’m no stranger to snow. I’ve personally witnessed massive amounts of snow and arctic temperatures. If it snows, it snows. I will deal with it either way. The only problem I can see is that because of the timing, the city may not be out plowing like they’re supposed to. Because it’s supposed to start Friday night and maybe continue into Saturday, the city may not be as concerned with getting all that white death off the roads.
And then there is the neighborhood we live in. Although we live in the middle of the city, technically, we live in a private community. I like to refer to it as a non-gated gated community. The city doesn’t pick up our trash. The city doesn’t pick up our recyclables. The city also does not remove the snow from our roads. Our HOA hires a private company to handle our trash pickup and another private company to remove the snow. I have noticed in the five years living here, we do not seem to be a high-priority to whatever company has the contract to remove our snow.
So we may not be going anywhere this weekend and that’s okay. As fate would have it, I don’t really feel like going anywhere this weekend.
I blogged a couple of days ago about how annoying this year’s winter has turned out to be, and it resulted in me being quoted by NBC News. From the article:
Wether you’ve been hit by the polar vortex, punched by an Arctic blast, snowed in, iced over, frozen in place, left powerless or stuck at home, new research confirms it’s been a particularly fierce winter for most of the country, leaving many people in a state of general malaise.
“I normally enjoy all four seasons, but this winter has been mind-numbingly brutal,” said Rick Rottman, who lives in Hagerstown, Md. “I can’t count how many times it’s snowed.”
Mental health experts say they’re hearing much more grumbling about the winter season than usual this year, with patients struggling with lower mood, cabin fever and a sense of hopelessness. And a weather report nicknamed the “misery index” shows they have good reason: The Winter of 2014 is one of the most miserable on record.
I especially enjoyed how immediately after my quote, mental health experts are cited. It makes me sound crazy, and not the good kind of crazy.
I was contacted by A. Pawlowski, the writer of the article, on March 4. She said she read my blog post about how miserable this year’s winter is, and she wanted to know what winter has been like for me and how frustrating it’s been. Considering that I finished the blog post with, “Winter sucks, and I hate it,” I wouldn’t think more really needed to be said. Never to pass up an opportunity to complain to a stranger via the medium of electronic mail, I complied with her request.
Snow Psychology: Wicked Winter Ups America’s ‘Misery Index’ [NBC News]
Turns out the soothsayers of weather were actually right for a change. Imagine that. We have snow and it doesn’t look like it will be letting up anytime soon.
It does my heart good, spiritually, not physically. Ever since I spent five years in the Philippines and then Guam, I like to experience all four seasons. Anything else it’s quite natural.