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November 13, 2013

ROOT: Hate snow? Go rent a truck!

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Many of us know that it will snow in November and we know what that snow brings. We stay here because we want to. I could never afford to buy a house in California and I do pretty well. But I have no problem affording my lovely little home in Lockport, N.Y.

Every year, just like clockwork, the snow falls and those who feel “trapped” in Western New York complain about it. “I hate snow!” or “Is it really that time of year?” are two of the more common complaints from natives. Then there are people who moved here from warm weather climates only to complain that it snows.

Listen, we put the part about snowing in the brochure. It isn’t our fault that you didn’t read it. If you don’t like the snow, then move. If you stay because you love the low cost of living, then you should be thankful for snow, because it is the reason everything is so cheap around here. You cannot have it both ways.

As for the people who moved away to warmer climes, congrats. You took advantage of the innovations in transportation, good for you. Those of us who like it here are not jealous that it is 80 degrees where you are in winter. If we were jealous, we would be where you are.

While you are running from mudslides as earthquakes crack the roads and serial killers chase you down the street with huge bugs trying to give you malaria as alligators try to bite your leg off in the middle of a Mexican gang war, we will just shovel this snow off our porches.

Anyone who judges a region by its temperature misses out on how awesome the people, customs and low crime rates are in those regions. I will admit that I am pretty sick of snow by February. But I know it is coming, every year, and I don’t act like I’m blindsided by it.

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