Many have heard of the 2016 Blizzard which hit the East Coast of the USA
January 22-23, 2016. But did you know that already 29 have died from it?
Snow shoveling, car accidents, ineffective reasoning of endurance or strength
To shovel very heavy water-laden snow, windswept at up to 48 mph…
The aftermath is a moonscape in Tranquility, whiteness, piles….
Until the Black Muck sets in, and slush muddies many a boot
Slushing about inside the boot, because how waterproof are they?
And wet feet in severe cold beget possible frostbite or Athlete’s Foot at the least.
And cars are buried inches deep, unto you cannot even see them, but for a side view mirror maybe…And this is simply from the storm.
No one piled the snow on top of the cars to undig their own. You can see that it is merely the storm’s fury. And you can’t pull out either…because the obligatory snow plows snowed you in, with enormous piles to the street side of your parked car…hemmed in.
So if you are middle aged or older, Heaven Forbid! You really need a young person to undig your car, or else face possible early mortality from unknown heart condition
Giving up in the face of heavy physical labor and not enough breath, and the cold makes it harder to breathe…And 30.5 inches of snowfall is a massive amount of digging…
That’s the official total at JFK Airport, near where I live.
I’m delightfully ensconced in a protected garage in my building
And flying to the Caribbean tomorrow to escape…just in time
for slush not on boots, but in tropical drinks in Blue Curacao.
Yes, I’d envy myself too, if it were another person going
And I was stuck undigging my pathetic little frosted, buried car on street level
But I don’t have to. Life is Good in the Fast Lane: a paraphrase of the immortal Glenn Frey and Don Henley, songwriters for the Eagles…
Missing them, but toasting to a life well spent.