My parents were down for a visit yesterday, and this morning, over coffee and bagels and orange juice, the talk turned briefly to
Yesterday, on the first day of December, we got the first real snow of the year here. Now, we have had some really heavy frosts over the past month, but this was real snow, really falling out of the sky in pretty flurries, and really laying a thin layer of white down over the lawn and flowerbeds.
It made me gleeful. For one thing, it raises the hope that we might actually have a white Christmas this year. (Because it was so hot and dry this summer, we have had a lot of “weather experts” saying that that means that we will have an extra cold and snowy winter, and I would love for them to be right.) For another thing, this area is incredibly wimpy about snowy weather and how to deal with snow. Every year since I moved down here we have had a couple of “snow days” due to “extreme winter weather”. I haven’t gotten this many days off due to snow since I was in grade school – it always makes me feel like a kid again. It is not even that Dayton gets an unusual amount of snow… they don’t. But I don’t think that the city allocated very much money to snow removal, and they usually blow through it all early on in the winter, wasting the road salt on flurries like the one we got yesterday, and then when the real winter hits in January and February, there is nothing left.
Oh, and the flurries yesterday were pretty, but the didn’t do much more then lightly cover the grass and make the roads a little wet. Yet the news on the radio during my short drive home at the end of the day was full of reports of accidents due to the weather.
Speaking of the news on the radio, one of the hot stories on NPR recently has been the US Post Office and the fact that it is slowly going broke, and how because of that they are having to close locations and ponder cutting down on the number of deliveries per week. You know what I have to say about that? I went to my local post office on November 16 and mailed (first class) a small package that contained a birthday present for my nephew. You know when that package arrived at its destination? Today. Two and a half weeks after I dropped it off. What I have to say is this – let the post office go broke. Make them reorganize. Make them become more efficient. And next time I have to mail a package, I am going to bypass the USPS and go with UPS or FedEx.