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I was THERE--!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This is one of those I-was-there stories. I was, but I escaped in the nick of time: my flight left Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, so I got out before the stuff really enveloped the place, either there or in Newark, which was the origin of the transAtlantic segment.

There's this itty-bitty little waystop of a village in upstate NY - well, see for yourself:

Just go right into the segment introduced by Matt Lauer at the top of the page.

When the on-site broadcaster says something about "There's even more snow east of here - we couldn't get through..."?* Nah. The homefolks said the film crew didn't even attempt it. Something like six feet in 24 hours. They said they'd had enough.

*They were actually in front of our small local supermarket. And yes, said supermarket was open for business. Though they may've been running a bit low on toilet paper by then.

Every now and then a Brit will ask me "Oh, why would you want to live here? It rains all the time!" To which I reply "Yes, but you don't have to shovel it."

I read something a few days ago - "You may be from upstate* New York if you recognize four seasons: early snow... snow... late snow... and road construction." That's not an exaggeration.

*Upstate: do not kid yourself. We're not talking Albany or "north of NYC" here. You have to look at Oswego, Jefferson, and Lewis counties. Now THAT's "upstate"!

Himself will tell you about the March blizzard we got caught in one year - and the early October one another year. Not to mention his surprise when city officials closed Oswego. He couldn't get his head around the fact that sometimes you have to wait for the snow falling to slow up before you can get ahead of it with the plows.

B'lieve me, I'm ready for Florida.

Redfield, New York, 2007


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1SALMON1 12/21/2013 11:32AM

    I live in a rainy place and love the winter, gray skies and all. Sometimes we get a little snow; more often ice which is miserable. Give me the rain! And a warm house where the electricity and water are working! Florida? Hurricanes, sink holes, cockroaches... no, I'll stay in Oregon thanks! I'm glad you're home safe!

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LYNMEINDERS 12/16/2013 4:25AM

    Woohoo..great pics

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DEBIGENE 12/15/2013 9:01PM

    Hi Hon !!! We only got about 3 inches thank the Lord but lots of rain. Regardless I hate winter and I'll meet you in Florida !!! Say when, LOL !!!

So good to see you here.

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JAKENELL 12/15/2013 6:16PM

    It's been snowing here in NE Ohio - and snowing... and snowing... and snowing - I'm ready for it to stop. We don't get as much as parts of PA and NY, but we do get the Lake Erie snow belt snow.
It looks like a winter wonderland outside - thank goodness I'm inside!

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LECATES 12/15/2013 4:32PM

    And all we have been getting is rain here---a bit of ice mixed in but nothing major---see, The Eastern Shore is best! LOL

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PHOENIX1949 12/15/2013 4:15PM

    I cannot fathom this much snow at once (Central Texas native here). Beautiful photo of church building. Thank you for sharing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2013 4:13PM

    Yeah, it's all East of here. This time. Glad your travel wasn't disrupted too badly, that's the risk of Winter travel!

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LJCANNON 12/15/2013 4:08PM

    emoticon So glad that you got out safely!! You do have a point about Rain/Snow! We have not had even a fraction of the Snow and Ice that many parts of the Country are dealing with and I am T-I-R-E-D of it, LOL!!

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NESHAMA123 12/15/2013 4:01PM

    Crazy! I spent two years in Syracuse in the 1980s and remember that in Colorado where we get snow but it comes with sun and blue skies right afterwards. Thanks for sharing and stay warm!

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