Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Weather Hysteria

If you happen to live within viewing distance of either the Philadelphia or New York tv stations, and you happened to watch CBS's "Sunday Morning" last Sunday, you would've been treated, occasionally, to the sight of some local weatherdude hysterically predicting Armageddon for today and tomorrow.

Luckily it's starting to look like a non-event as nor'easters go, mostly a windy, rainy, slushy storm starting, oh, sometime around now(ish) and continuing through, oh, tomorrow(ish).

We're used to this sort of thing around here.

Friends of mine who live on the left-Coast have sometimes wondered aloud to me why I would live in a hurricane zone (ignoring, for a moment the fact that they live atop 50 million square miles of Jello).

I tell them that hurricanes are nothing to us. Even the lengthiest hurricane is over in 2-3 hours. They travel real fast. The REAL damage from storms happens in the winter, from nor'easters.

With any luck, this storm will not turn out to be one of those 3-day monsters that eats whole communities and hundreds of miles of shoreline.

I'm saying all this in the hopes of jinxing the storm so everything will be just peachy, keen, when I head out on Friday morning for my 3-hour drive to Rehoboth, Delaware. I mean, even if it turns out to be a real blizzard (which it won't, DAMMIT), they'll have the entire route cleared by Friday. It's all major, 8-lane type, expressway.

Okay, okay, I'm whistling past the graveyard. I admit it. I NEED THIS WEEKEND.

I'm worked out. I'm sponsored out. I'm sponseed out. I need a little R&R time with others of my kind.


The Dixie Chicks

I'm no big fan of country & western music, especially of the "I'm so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here" variety of self-pity set to music. However, I would like to put in a plug right now for The Dixie Chicks album, "Taking the Long Way" with its hit song, "Not Ready to Make Nice" on it.

This is about voting with your wallets. I'm voting with mine. Buy this album and send a message to the Red States Radio Stations, telling them to "Kiss Your Grits."


Bev Sykes said...

I bought "Not Ready to Make Nice" from iTunes. It is apparently the biggest selling single of all time on iTunes. I hope the message is getting across.

JoyZeeBoy said...


I have a follow-up item that was in the NYTimes regarding the Chicks' big wins at the Grammys.

Apparently one West Coast record producer was being continually annoyed by some yahoo record producer who snorted derisively every time the gals picked up another award. Finally, in frustration, the Left-Coast guy turned around to the Nashville @sshole and said, "Look, Dude, you're in California now. Even our Republicans are Democrats!"

I loved that.