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I’m Giggling

We’ve been here (in the desert SW) for nearly 16 years, and it still makes me laugh.

You might have heard that Denver got some snow- about 5 inches, which really, in the overall scope of things is not a lot of snow. Here in our northern mountains, we got a dusting of snow. Those of you who live in snowy climates knows what this means (= nothing to think twice about).

Out here, though, any kind of wet stuff that falls from the sky not only makes the news, it monopolizes it. And causes mass panic. Seriously. 

There are people posted around the state to report on the snow (and rain) falling. They each have their own segment on the news, including the towns that have fixed cameras and no live person.

Where I live, no one has ever heard of snow tires, unless they are retired from a northern state. Even then, they won’t have a set.

Where I live, there are no snowplows. Nope. You read that right. No snow plows. There may be a stray rancher who has a truck with the plow attachment, and they may pitch in to help in town if needed.

When we moved here, this also made me giggle. A town without snow plows? What do they do when it snows?

I had to wait a few years for an answer to that question. What do they do? They wait until it melts and ask people not to drive. And really, that last part is important- the not driving part. People have issues with driving when it’s wet, and snow is worse. It’s hard to get good or proficient at something you don’t have the opportunity to practice but every few years.

I had never heard of roads being closed because of snow. Where I grew up, it was a part of life, and life kept moving despite the stuff on the roads. At first, I thought these towns also didn’t have snow plows, and that was why the interstate was shut down. No, really, they (the northern towns) DO have snow plows. And the roads still get shut down.

I can see the mountain passes getting shut down. Those can be treacherous under any conditions. (and I confess, when we are on really wind-y mountain roads, I have to shut my eyes…) It does make sense to shut the roads to prevent people from falling down the mountains.

In the years since moving here, I’ve come to realize that it’s probably a combination of people not really knowing how to drive in snow combined with the rural nature of the state. No one wants to slide off the road and get stranded hundreds of miles between towns, where others are unlikely to find you. Those spots also probably won’t have cell service, either.

This Michigan girl has a late fall birthday. Generally, by the time my birthday rolled around each year, we had already had our first significant, sticking snow. When I got my driver’s license, there was already snow on the ground. I don’t mind driving in snow- I actually kind of like it!

I also like shovelling snow. Yes, I know, my brain is damaged from all those years without sunlight. You can imagine my glee, those first years in Colorado, when I had my very own snow shovel.  😆 When we moved here, I was very particular not to allow my blessed snow shovel be used for anything but snow.

A few years later, I realized it wasn’t earning its keep, and discovered quite by accident that it was perfect for scooping up leaves. So, it was repurposed and lived a good long life until a year or so ago when it literally fell apart and had to be retired.

I have not had a reason to get a new one, but I am waiting with great anticipation for the time when I can justify buying another one.  Maybe I’ll add that to my birthday list, along with rain boots……

In the meantime, I’m going to keep giggling when I watch the news.  This morning, the warning was to watch out for puddles.  Yes, that’s right- those rain puddles are dangerous stuff, and folks should stay off the road unless they “have” to be out and about.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  😆

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