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The morning of the day after

Very quiet here-- no sounds of traffic from the street outside, no sounds of people calling to each other and laughing as they traverse the sidewalks. No music. All I can hear is the sound of the salt trucks and plows, now and then. (And the sound of our upstairs neighbors, juggling anvils, or whatever they do in the morning.)

The animals are on my bed, resting in the bright white light from the window. I put Hazel's coat on her a little while ago, and took her out. My neighbor who uses a crutch was trying to get in. Stairs are a problem for her. She often scoots down the inside stairs on her butt. She is young and pretty, and she and Hazel get along well. I let her in to the building.

Outside was still clean and white-- so bright it makes you dizzy. The stairs are not shoveled. Someone will do it eventually.

Last night son's gf came by. She said that a few years ago she had made money shoveling snow. Everyone needs their cars dug out. Many people don't or cannot do it themselves. Like my pretty neighbor, like many in Borough Park who cannot shovel snow on Saturday. A strapping young lady with her own shovel and a big smile is just the thing!

Daughter was out sledding at midnight, as the wind roared and the snow was still coming down. We guessed correctly that there would be no school today. It is dangerous to drive, and too cold to let little ones wait for busses and subways.

This storm will be the first test for the new mayor. Here is link if you feel like it.


In reality there is not a lot of control that the mayor has over snow, or even how to respond to it. But they get slammed with blame for all kinds of things. I remember when there was a flu outbreak several years ago, Bloomberg got on tv and talked about hand-washing. He demonstrated how he washed his own hands, and reminded everyone to do it after they used the bathroom or blew noses. I admit, I laughed a bit. This billionaire mayor of NYC, probably never thought he would be doing that. Talk about micro-managing.But he was right. Everyone should wash hands. And it made me imagine his long ago mother, unfolding the little hands of a long ago little boy, teaching him...

It is inevitable that somebody somewhere will not get their street plowed as timely as they would have liked.

So that is it here. Stay warm, all you.


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Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I love reading your posts about the ups and downs of daily life. I feel like I'm beginning to know your little corner of this world and the people in it intimately :)

I love that feeling of enveloping silence you get after a heavy fall of snow. It somehow feels like the slate has been wiped clean. It's wonderful as long as you don't have to go out in it to go to work. It's not often we get that kind of snow here on the west coast of Scotland, we're too maritime, too wet and stormy. We've had gales and rain all day today. They're really suffering from the weather down south but it's par for the course up here.

A strapping young lady with her own shovel and a big smile is just the thing!
Well indeed! Is this the same young lady who got the trenching tool for Christmas? She sounds splendid! Just the sort to turn to in a crisis.
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Yes. Same girl. They have been an item for 2 years now. They seem so so young to me-- but then I remember I got married at that age. (Which just seems-- weird to think about.)
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Your mention of the young lady with a shovel reminds me of myself, about age 13. My brother always made $$ shoveling, so I bundled up nd decided to try my luck. On the next street over, a man agreed to pay me for doing his stairs nd front walk. When I finished, he asked me to step into the front hall while he got out his money. I took off my hat as I was warm from exertion and his house was quite warm. When he saw my long hair, he was surprised, and blurted out "You're a girl? I wouldn't have hired you if I'd known you were a GIRL!!" (this was the unenlightened 50's). I made 50 cents and spent the whole thing on my first banana split at the drug store counter!!
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
Nothing like the rewards of your own hard work!
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed!!
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