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November 14, 2012

ROOT: Ah! Run! Winter is coming!

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It is time for the people of Western New York to get ready, because I don’t think there is any more turning back. That is right, the cold weather is on the way and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

I have lived here my entire life. I do not consider myself any kind of genius, but I am no longer surprised when it starts snowing outside in November and December. There is nothing more annoying than the local newscasters for all three channels when they get on the six o’clock news and act like that first November snow in Western New York is akin to God himself walking on the waters of the public marina at WideWaters.

I don’t normally watch the local news anyways, but I cannot turn it off fast enough when the top story of the day is the fact that it is snowing in Western New York in November. I guess all of that war, crime and politics stuff is insignificant compared to the falling of snow in Western New York in November.

Has it snowed yet in November 2012? Yes, it has. I saw the snow myself. Will it snow again in November 2012? It probably will. You see, that is what you signed on for when you agreed to live here. In exchange for one of the lower costs of living in the country, you get to shovel a little snow once in a while.

For me, the taxing part is not the fact that it snows. The part that grinds my gears is when people complain about that first light dusting of snow as if Satan himself sneezed all over their front lawn. We can fix up downtown and even do something with the parking ramp on Main Street, but there is nothing we can do about the snow every winter. Sorry.

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