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The big East Coast Whine Festivalmohair_chair
Dec 8, 2003 7:39 AM
Watching the news this weekend, it seems like the East Coast was practically destroyed by snow. Millions of people starving and close to death, stuck in their homes. Snow so high it blocks the sun, which, when it melts, will surely produce a tsunami of mammoth proportions.

Give me a break!

It happens every year. It's the annual event known as SNOW. You live there, expect to get snow. Stop complaining about it. I swear, the national news originates in New York, and they make it seem like there is nothing else going on in the world other than that it is snowing outside the studio. Oh, woe is me.

Coming up next, will the snow ever end? Are we doomed to die here in our Times Square studio? Plus, Diane Sawyer with tips on how to melt snow for making drinking water. And Katie Couric on what color snow is safe...
I'll have a glass of that :O)Live Steam
Dec 8, 2003 7:42 AM
Yeah it is kind of silly that the news gets consumed by a little snow storm. I'm whining, but for the obvious reason. I can't ride my bike :O(
O.K., as long as we don't have to hear about your stupid firesTJeanloz
Dec 8, 2003 7:44 AM
There was a lot of friggen snow. But, to your point, hurricanes happen every year in the Gulf Coast - we shouldn't have to hear about those. Earthquakes, wildfires in California - perfectly natural, why should we hear about that crap?

I agree that there is a New York bias to the news, but snow of this magnitude is a phenomena worth reporting. Now, the blackout of the summer....
snow is expectedmohair_chair
Dec 8, 2003 8:20 AM
Fires are relatively random and unusual. They strike in different places and have wildly different effects and magnitudes. Same goes for hurricanes. Where will it hit? How bad will it be? There's some mystery and suspense involved that makes it newsworthy.

Snow? You live in New York City, you live in Boston, snow is going to fall, and they'll be a couple of days where it comes down heavy. It happens every year. In the same place. It's hardly stop the presses, out-of-breath style news.

Nevertheless, your point is valid.

Should we send you canned foods? It must be awful. Has society descended into a barter economy yet? Have the poor risen up against the rich yet?
As are fires, earthquakes, and hurricanesTJeanloz
Dec 8, 2003 8:28 AM
Granted, it snows more often than you have wildfires, earthquakes, or the south has hurricanes (actually hurricanes are probably more common than big snowstorms). But these remain events that WILL happen in California (not the hurricanes, but the wildfires and earthquakes). And, while snow is common, a storm of this magnitude is not. It's like saying: what's the big deal with a hurricane, you know it's going to rain. This was the biggest snowfall ever in December in the northeast - it had the same "mystery and suspense" that any hurricane has.

In terms of has this effected society? Well, it has, and probably to a much greater degree than your little fires. Almost all schools are canceled, many people couldn't get to work on time (if at all), many millions of dollars (if not billions) will be spent on clean-up. A storm of this magnitude is every bit as "newsworthy" as a fire or earthquake. You are right, we're used to snow. We can drive in 6, 8 inches of snow without difficulty. This was 35 inches of snow. Most of the plows gave up on my neighborhood entirely. If weather/natural disaster is ever newsworthy this is it.
we had a storm like that a year or so ago hereColnagoFE
Dec 8, 2003 8:46 AM
Something like 40-50 inches of snow. It was really bizarre. The first time I can truly say I would have been housebound for days without our 4WD SUV.
You're just jealous. Your snow is yella, and corny.128
Dec 8, 2003 8:49 AM
And all you get for Christmas is fire(with the 20 inches I got could you please send me some for my flame thrower?) Humbug!

My favorite part: the "Storm Team 13" news crew who, whenever it snows, while sitting in a 78 degree studio, all put on fun Christmas sweaters! And the ominous Storm Team timpani and cello riff "hmm, this must be important."
"and now for the weather . . . Death from above!" (nm)Turtleherder
Dec 8, 2003 9:38 AM
NO matter what!No_sprint
Dec 8, 2003 10:57 AM
Just remember that the East Coast is a better place than the West Coast.

Would each and every one of you East Coasters please take it upon yourself to convince just one SoCal transplant of this fact and make sure they pack up and move back out?

There are many that would appreciate your help.
That's funny. But if you would like to seeeyebob
Dec 8, 2003 11:06 AM
how real East-sayeedahs deal with it, just read the papers from New Hampshire. There's no crying going on around here. And to give props to the Mass. residents, Did you see the Pats game yesterday. People didn't piss and moan that they (literally) couldn't get to their seats, they just sat on top of the stuff and drank! Whoohooo!

It's x-country skiing time!

any excuse to drink at a football game.rufus
Dec 8, 2003 11:33 AM
plus, it made for awesome displays of snow "fireworks"
With your imagination...No_sprint
Dec 8, 2003 11:34 AM
a light of a cig by a Bic could be turned into a 4th of July fireworks show!

you just need a fun spiritrufus
Dec 8, 2003 1:00 PM
and not be so humorless and disparaging all the time. try it sometime.
Dec 8, 2003 1:32 PM
You need to look in the mirror if you can't see the humor and fine comedy I spread throughout, other than a few expertly directed kill shots. :)

Hardbottom, now that boy needs to turn his frown upside down.
You really ARE delusional, aren't you?The Walrus
Dec 8, 2003 11:36 AM
I'd gladly assist in repatriating your SoCal transplants if you'll agree to take back all the whining, carping New Yawkahs and Joisey refugees out here--lemme see, that would work out to about 1 coming our way to 50 going your way. They're always easy to identify. They're the ones complaining that everything's too far, traffic's too bad, the food was better back home, there's no kulchah, blah, blah, blah. The weird thing is, despite the "superiority" of the East Coast, we can't get these schmucks to go back where they belong. That would be almost as satisfying as packing up and deporting all the illegal aliens.

I could live with the fires and 'quakes, as long as I never had to hear another Brooklyn accent.....
Sugarloaf got 50"128
Dec 9, 2003 9:28 AM