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Old 02-02-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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Fair enough. I read your post as a typical "woe is me I live in Pittsburgh" comment...
The only thing that worries me about snow or ice storms is losing electricity.

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but I get it now.
I don't understand why people complain about blizzards. Nothing is greater to me than a city shutting down!

Even if I can't get to the ski slopes, I like my day suddenly being free for sled riding.

There's nothing fun to do after an ice storm though, but I love a good blizzard!

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The negativity of the locals is getting to me. Sorry.
I'm not one of those people. btw, isn't being negative about the negativity negative in itself?
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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Almost a early spring like morning ! 48 degrees and bright n sunny !! Had an incredible rainbow around 7:30 in Sewickley. The cold front that will end all spring like thinking is just miles off to the northwest... But it's all a bonus as yet again, local weather heads missed even this ' weather window of luxury' albeit a short one.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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It's a 12-hour heat wave, woo.

I'll take it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Truly a lovely morning.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: About 10 miles north of Pittsburgh International
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I don't understand why people complain about blizzards. Nothing is greater to me than a city shutting down!
The expressioin springs to mind, "It's all great fun, til somebody dies." It's true. And not everybody has the latitude to just blow off work.

Remember the guy who died last year because the medics wouldn't get out of the truck and walk the two blocks to his house?
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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The expressioin springs to mind, "It's all great fun, til somebody dies." It's true.
There is some validity to that point, but you can also drive yourself crazy with that sort of thinking--in a metro area with millions of people, lots of things can have negative consequences, up to and including death, for a few people.

I'd suggest a healthy attitude would be that in light of the attendant risks, we should try our best to be prepared for snow, and to help out others who may need it when it does snow. But I don't think we need to actually hate snow, or indeed to overlook the fun aspects of having different sorts of weather at different times of year.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:44 AM
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Fair enough. I read your post as a typical "woe is me I live in Pittsburgh" comment, but I get it now.

The negativity of the locals is getting to me. Sorry.
It feeds on itself. Pittsburghers want to think it is really tough living here for some reason. All I have to say it go north of rt. 80 and have a look at a winter. They have lots of hills and way more snow. Pittsburgh gets very little of this so-called SEVERE weather. If I hear that word SEVERE one more time I am going to puke!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I don't understand why people complain about blizzards. Nothing is greater to me than a city shutting down!
The thought of having to go through another week like we did after the big storm last year just makes my blood run cold. I didn't have power for over 24 hours. It was freezing in my house and my gas stove doesn't work when the electric is off, so I couldn't cook. It was boring,I was sick of eating peanut butter sandwiches, and even if I'd wanted to go somewhere I couldn't have. The trolley wasn't running, my car was buried, and the steep hill next to my house wasn't touched until 4 or 5 days after the snow stopped. I'm not Laura Ingalls, and I can't handle too much of that.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:59 AM
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The thought of having to go through another week like we did after the big storm last year just makes my blood run cold. I didn't have power for over 24 hours. It was freezing in my house and my gas stove doesn't work when the electric is off, so I couldn't cook. It was boring,I was sick of eating peanut butter sandwiches, and even if I'd wanted to go somewhere I couldn't have. The trolley wasn't running, my car was buried, and the steep hill next to my house wasn't touched until 4 or 5 days after the snow stopped. I'm not Laura Ingalls, and I can't handle too much of that.
I don't think that would be true about your stove. You just have to light it with a match instead of the electric igniter. 24 hours isn't much. There is a private road behind my home and there is a older women up there that didn't have power for over 3 days. I ran an extension cord up there, well about 5 cords plugged into each other to get there for her. Now that was cold. I felt really bad for her, but she did plug into some electric heaters and it did take the edge off.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: About 10 miles north of Pittsburgh International
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There is some validity to that point, but you can also drive yourself crazy with that sort of thinking--in a metro area with millions of people, lots of things can have negative consequences, up to and including death, for a few people.

I'd suggest a healthy attitude would be that in light of the attendant risks, we should try our best to be prepared for snow, and to help out others who may need it when it does snow. But I don't think we need to actually hate snow, or indeed to overlook the fun aspects of having different sorts of weather at different times of year.
Oh, I won't argue that there aren't certain good things that result from those unscheduled holidays. People tend to come togehter, and pull togehter, to meet and help others out that they might never do under ordinary circumstances. I'm sure lots of people have good memories of things that have happened because of such events.

There's even a school of thought that would predict that some people wouldn't even be around if it weren't for such bad weather events. The nine months post-blizzard baby boomers seem to exist, if only anecdotally.

It's just that in terms of what serves "the greater good", the most good (or the least bad), for the most people, I don't think blizzards qualify.
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