We Have Some Snow Here!December 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: Christmas blizzard, Massachusetts, Sturbridge, WII box
Well, we ran off Thursday to have Christmas with the two younger grandkids, Wylliam, 5 and Nora, 3, who live with their parents out in western Massachusetts, near Sturbridge. The big hit was, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit, the WII that we gave them. As I said to Wyll’s mother, it must be some help that she’ll know exactly where to find him for the next month or so. Can somebody explain to me how a five-year old manages to score four strikes in a row playing WII bowling, thus beating his father by 50 points? And then, is there something on YouTube to show a three-year old girl how to force her big brother to give her a turn? Ah, well, I comfort myself that at least they’re jumping around in front of the tv instead of sitting on their butts staring at it.
Our plan was to drive home Sunday morning, ostensibly getting the drop on all the people who would be driving back Sunday afternoon. Until we heard the weather report, that is. After they upped the forecast for Sunday from six inches to twelve we threw our stuff into the trunk and blew out of there. I felt, as I often do, that I was being pretty neurotic wanting to leave before dinner, but Sunday afternoon when the snow was howling around Ditmas Park, I decided maybe I hadn’t been as neurotic as all that. Now I am listening to wailing and lamentation on the radio from people stranded at Penn Station or JFK. One woman had brought her grandson into the city with her on the Long Island Railroad after the snow had actually started Sunday afternoon to attend a World Wrestling Federation event and is now annoyed because they had to sit all night on a heated train that can’t get through the snow drifts out on Long Island. Now that’s neurotic.
And now they’re announcing on NPR that we actually got 20 inches. Sweet Jesus. Our Corolla has completely disappeared, not that we would be so silly as to drive it even if we could reach it. The cars of people who tried doing so throughout the storm are stranded out in the middle of the streets, and even where they aren’t, the snow plows are stuck in the snow. Luckily, the Roku box is working, and we got in lots of snacks and Barefoot wine before the snow started. Things could be a lot worse.
So happy holidays, you all! And for those who are puzzled by my chatting about new computers and grandkids, bide your time. I’ve got some things to say about “death panels” very soon– back to my usual cheerful self.