Monday, January 6, 2014

When Snowzilla Trampled St. Louis....

Winter just got started, and I'm already sick of it!



I have a very low tolerance for cold. I was born in summer to avoid it (okay, maybe not). I've never wanted a white Christmas, and the only time in my life I ever wanted snow was when I was a kid and didn't want to go to school.

Is this payback for that wonderful mild winter we had last year?



Our first snowfall of 2014 is a doozy! For a week before, we were warned. I lost track of how many times the word "Snowmageddon" was used (yes, I know it sounds like the title of a cheesy Syfy Channel movie--though not nearly as cheesy as "Sharknado"). It was coming, and we'd better be ready for it...a foot of snow, maybe even more...dangerous cold (-37 degrees Fahrenheit or worse). It could be the worst winter storm to hit St. Louis since the notorious Blizzard of '82 that brought the area to a standstill.
If the meteorologist had to get it right for once, why did it have to be this time?

Collin went to work yesterday, but he wasn't there very long. Churches cancelled their services. Businesses closed. Wehrenberg Theaters closed all their cinemas in the area. The malls closed. The Fox Theater cancelled its scheduled performance of West Side Story. The zoo, Science Center and History Museum closed. He was off by noon. (Here's a photo I took while the storm was, uh, still in progress....)



I didn't think there was any way the restaurant would be open today--but it is, and Collin is at work. He got a call from one of his bosses this morning, offering to drive him to work. The poor guy picked him up...and got stuck in the snow on the street here! (Take a look at the drifts outside our door....)



I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday. Why do I have the feeling it ain't gonna happen?

22 comments:

  1. On the news today they said by Thursdays they think the arctic vortex will start to recede. I sure hope so.
    And "Srarknado" was the most fabulous awful movie ever. The Square Ones have been thinking of staring in the up and coming Scottynado.

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. That's horrible!! Well you already know it's a sunny 75 here and only one long bus ride away! I guess this is why Frozen is a smash hit! Hope you can make it to the doctor. Sending warm thoughts your way!

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    1. For some reason, Blogger isn't letting me post responses on the comments now!

      Collin keeps talking about moving to Australia. Sounds pretty good right now!

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  3. You might get a cancellation on that doctor's appointment, looking at this...

    That's such lovely, lovely weather too. Brings a smile to ye olde Canadian lunatic's face.

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    1. "Lunatic" being the operative word. I worry about you, partner!

      You actually LIKE this stuff?

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  6. I like snow at Christmas, too, and we just got dumped with a blizzard yesterday and today. I got stuck trying to get out my driveway this morning. It's -36 Celcius with the windchill right now. Brrr! Stay warm and safe!

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    1. I think we're headed for another ice age, Carla! And thanks!

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  7. Like William, I find this weather lovely. I suppose that makes me an American lunatic. LOL

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    1. I like snow...in photographs!

      And in snow globes....

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  8. Snowmageddon! I like it! Maybe a movie about global warming?

    Maybe it'll get better by Thursday.

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    1. It seems to be warming a little bit. We're still below freezing, but....

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  9. I can't believe the amount of snow!!! Sorry to say I'm down here in FLA cuz I know you'll be envious, but it's even cold here today! We're hoping for snow! lol
    Sending you toasty thoughts and warm vibes!!

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    1. PK--be thankful you're in Florida!

      I remember being in Miami one February for a writers conference. It was unseasonably cold--we wore winter coats on the beach!

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  10. Just take care of yourself. Make sure you carry ice picks with you just in case you fall through some ice.

    Hugs and chocolate!
    Shelly

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  11. I'm lucky--I can stay indoors. Collin doesn't have the same luxury. Being male, he thinks he's indestructible, so I worry whenever he's out!

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  12. We've been enjoying some warm single-digit temperatures too! Stay safe where you are! And Happy 2014, hope it warms up soon!

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    1. Thanks, Lulu! We've at least been promised above-freezing temps by the weekend!

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  13. Oh, boy, Norma. I know what you're going through. My backyard--what backyard?--looks like Siberia! I hate to see our next electric bill trying to stay warm when those -50+ windchills came in.
    Stay safe and warm. It's changed over to fog up here, today! Waiting on the next thing: freezing rain!

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