Comments on the Recent Snowstorm

I always enjoy some snow. I figure if it’s going to snow, we might as well get enough to stay in for a day or so. I really don’t mind being snowed in.

On Saturday, 22 Jan 2005, the Philadelphia area got approxamitely 10 inches of snow. At our house in south Jersey, we officially measured 11 inches. I was happy with it, except for the shoveling part, but that’s a small price to pay for the wonders of a nice snowstorm.

I enjoyed a really good benefit. Last night the Philly Eagles won their championship game, launching them to the Stuperbowl. Yippee, right? Not for me. I really don’t care. I used to be apathetic to sports, but these phsychotic Philly fans have made me darn near anti-sports. We’re talking about a city where the Eagles are usually the #3 story on the news after traffic and weather at 0500. This is a city where the 1800 and 2200 (6 and 10, respectively) newscasts have about 25 out of 30 minutes devoted to the Eagles. Most of the coverage features drunks who apparently can’t spell anything besides E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! Around here, when me wife asks to watch the news, I tell her I really don’t care to see “Sports and Murders”, which is about all it’s worth. It really doesn’t matter which channel.

The snowstorm was a very nice break from all of that. The “news” ran all afternoon, and hardly said a thing about the Eagles, with a couple of exceptions. Channel 10, the NBC affiliate, of course had a reporter pretty much cemented in the snow at “Lincoln Financial Field” reporting on the 1000 plus workers who were staying overnight to get the stadium ready for the game. What Philly needs is 1000 plus workers staying overnight to clear up the city’s accounting, but heh, gotta have priorities, no?

I found it amusing how they kept reporting on all the cars on the road. People were out and about in inclimate weather, getting stuck and holding up traffic, including snowplows and emergency vehicles. Why? Well, most of the people interviewed on camera said “I have to get stuff for the Eagles game”. One person said that he had to go to work.

Well, for the record, we knew were were getting a storm, and we bought everything ahead of time and planned to be snowed in. Though a snow emergency was declared for New Jersey, I figured that if I felt an overwhelming urge to get in my car and drive (and I do have four wheel drive), I would suit up in all Eagles clothing. Then if a cop stopped me and asked what I was doing out, I would simply shout “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” That would most likely force the cop to let me go, since driving because of Eagles related activity seems to be an acceptable excuse around these here parts.


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