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Frozen Rant

January 30, 2014 - Steve Schulwitz
I need to get a curtain for the window at my desk.

Although I love being able to look outside and see the hustle and bustle of downtown and observe the student drivers struggling to parallel park by the library, the sight of snow has finally taken its toll on me and I don't want to see it any more.

Like many others, this winter has been a drain on me. From the white-knuckle drive home intoRogers City I have had to endure daily, to slipping and falling on the ice while trying to take a picture for the paper. Old Man Winter has pushed me to my wits end and if I see another flake of snow I'm afraid I'll snap. I'm convinced that I have had so much practice driving on snow covered and icy roads, that I could have easily won the recent SnoDrift Rally in Montmorency County. It is stressful to say the least.

The frustrating part is we still have at least two months before the weather takes anything resembling an upward swing.

Every paper you read, news program you watch and conversation you overhear is about snow and the arctic weather that Michigan has had to endure. I'm at the point now where I don't want to read, listen or watch anything. You can imagine how tired I am of writing weather related stories as well.

As much as I love Alpena and Michigan, my mind is slowly beginning to wonder what it would be like to live year around in a warm climate and as I grow older, I think the likelihood of that becoming a reality is increasing.

Sure there are other weather issues southern states have to deal with — hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding to name a few — but hey, at least it is warm right? With the exception of an anomaly winter storm once a decade, shoveling, shivering and scraping car windows would be out of my life forever.

That sounds good right now.

In the end I'm sure my love for Northeast Michigan will win out and I'll continue to choose to live here, in the Arctic. I'm sure once spring arrives and the temperatures warm it will thaw my cranky, frostbitten mood, but I think for my attitude to completely thaw it might take until July.

For now though I'm fed up. My patience is exhausted and I'm not looking forward to the weeks ahead that are sure to have more snow and ice. Maybe I'm just being whiny and I should be happy I haven't had pipes freeze and my car has started all winter regardless of how cold it has been.

Oh well ...

Enough babbling. I have a story about snow removal to type ... ugh.


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