Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — For those of you who watch “Game of Thrones,” living in Western New York is basically like living in Winterfell, the frozen kingdom of the north. All spring and summer, the rest of the country goes to all-day rock n’ roll beach dance parties, while we enjoy our summer wines knowing, in the back of our minds, “winter is coming.” Because of this we are a people who thrive in cold weather situations.
When someone on CNN talks about how two inches of snow shut down an entire city in South Carolina, I sit back with my friends and reminisce about driving to work/school surrounded by five-foot walls of fresh plowed snow.
When there’s an “E News Special Report” about the snowfall shutting down Fashion Week or leading the New York Jets to play poorly, I review my winter wardrobe (two pairs of boots and two snow suits, one for snowball fights and one for classy events like neighborhood potlucks), listen to a caller on sports radio talk about how next season is going to be the season that changes everything for the Bills and go about my business.
The climate may be changing and sure, in 300 years this whole area may be prime beach front property, but for the time being winter is here to stay. Instead of trying to hibernate and outlast the cold (you can’t), maybe I’ll pick up snowboarding or join a polar bear swim club. Then when the next snow-pocolypse starts, I’ll take comfort knowing my experience makes me a valuable member of any small band of survivors.Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.