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Time is thin as a rope and heavy as thunder

February 9, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed it is WINTER. This explains the copious amounts of ice and snow on the streets. While those of you on the left coast have been parched, we here in the east have been dumped on. No, of course New York has not had a third of the snow Chicago has, but we complain about it more because everything is harder for New Yorkers than for everyone else. Yes, that was meant to be snarky but it’s also a little bit true. The infrastructure of the city is just barely operational, so throw something like weather into the mix and everything shuts down. Currently the streets are full of garbage because they don’t have enough people/trucks/shits to give to both clean the streets and collect the trash. So every walk is currently an adventure.

Also, New Yorkers do not have a burning need to dig out their cars. We hardly ever drive them, other than to move them twice a week for street cleaning. And tickets for street cleaning are cheaper than parking in a garage, so we don’t have a lot of motivation to dig them out. The problem is that now the snow has melted somewhat and the cars are iced in. Last night I saw a woman in stiletto heels an a fur coat trying to dig out her car with an ice scraper, looking irritated that this was even her problem.

Today it is sunny and half the neighborhood is attacking their cars with gusto. From my fourth floor perch, it sounds like a large party attempting to attack mount Everest with ice picks. Every now and then an engine moans to life, like a prehistoric beast, while some victorious digger attempts to slide into the driver’s seat without disturbing the precarious balance of the adjacent mountain of garbage.

This is what we do for fun in Brooklyn in February.

When we’re not having fun, we’re working long hours. I am essentially working two full time jobs at the moment. It is definitely less fun than digging out my car, which is saying something. But on the plus side, the end is in site. And one of my toys recently received a nice award, so that was good. But for the next month or so, I expect to be just trying to keep my head above water. So maybe it’s not a bad thing for everything to be frozen.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2014 1:46 pm

    Living in a culture where snow is a four-letter word and ice something we’ve come to expect by association, I forget that there are places where the infrastructure is not equipped to deal with inclement weather. Witness Texas and its recent hysteria over a few flakes of snow that melted within hours. Let those suckers live in Quebec for a winter and see if they ever complain again. Coming from the windy city (or its environs, as you do), you must have been rolling your eyes at first at New Yorkers’ reactions to white shit falling from heaven. But, if the wherewithal is not in place to deal with it, as it is where I live, even though it is a hell of a lot more white shit lasting for longer, even a small amount of snow can make everything stand still. I do feel rather smug that we have our winter act together, somewhat. At least, we’re prepared.

  2. Bloomingmom permalink
    February 10, 2014 2:02 pm

    Here we seem to have more snow than any time since I moved here just over 10 winters ago. Digging out is required by our driving lifestyle, but then I can still walk to campus… not everyone clears their sidewalk, so I walked down the middle of the street on today’s walk, but then there were only a few cars that made me step to the side – not what it would have been in Brooklyn, or Chicago. It’s very cold, and when it’s less cold it’s very slushy, and still relatively sane.

    Pardon the snark, but I rather enjoyed your statement that Streets and San “don’t have enough people/trucks/shits” – whether it was a typo or not, it’s appropriate!

    And hey, at least we don’t have to deal with Atlanta!

  3. February 10, 2014 7:19 pm

    It was not a typo. I meant it! Also, I am going to Atlanta in two weeks. Right after I go to Chicago. I am clearly asking for trouble.

  4. freshhell permalink
    February 10, 2014 8:19 pm

    Things here are no better in terms of coping with snow and ice. Everything shuts down except those people who think they can drive on ice and can’t. I’m ready for spring.

  5. February 10, 2014 9:39 pm

    Bleh, that all sounds miserable. I am so excited about the toy’s winning a prize though! I keep thinking of it and it keeps on making me smile.

  6. February 11, 2014 10:29 am

    You knew I’d have to jump in. Atlanta needs defending! Everyone laughs at us for our response to snow but really, we seldom get snow. “Accumulation” is more likely to be adding up the inches of ice. And no one, Quebec or Atlanta, is good at driving on ice. We’re expecting at least a half inch “accumulation” today and tomorrow. Schools and businesses are shutting down in advance this time, so if the timing is delayed and the ice comes later, we’ll all look stupid to northerners. Again. But I’d rather look stupid than be unprepared. Ice means trees down and trees down means no power.

    A-L, I’ll see if we can arrange for my daffodils to open when you’re here. (They’re tall and in bud!)

  7. February 11, 2014 10:18 pm

    Jenny, thanks! It makes me smile too. So does the relevant tumblr post you sent J last week (or was that from the other J?). MKM, I’m looking forward to seeing you, with our without daffodils. At this point, I’d settle for a few blades of grass. Hope you get through the current storm with your sanity and power intact!

  8. magpiemusing permalink
    February 13, 2014 9:50 pm

    i am so very very glad that, since my FIL no longer drives, we were able to stash our 2nd car in their garage so that we don’t have to extract it. the driveway is bad enough.

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