The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

February 6, 2014

Snow, snow, I need more snow

Thursday, February 6, 2014 — I know some people may want to shoot me for saying this, but I wish we got more snow last week.

What the Weather Channel dubbed Winter Storm Leon roared out promises of 2-foot snowfalls, only to tiptoe past leaving a mangy 1-inch coat behind.

Not that I’m utterly disappointed. I still woke up early in the morning (which is as rare as a hedgehog in a hand basket) to stroll down silent and still-smooth streets.

I scooped some frozen fluffiness off my balcony to put together a breakfast of snow cream. I carefully compacted a half-foot snowman (or maybe snow-hobbit would be the better term).

After last year’s lack of winter weather, it was like a miracle. Like finding water in a desert, dry land while adrift at sea, (or maybe Velveeta cheese in the grocery store nowadays).

But dreams of what could have been still taunt me.

My colleagues who grew up in colder climates were just as upset, but for different reasons.

They didn’t want to see any snow at all.

One went so far as to tell me he was sick at the sight of it.

I guess I can’t blame them. Too much of a good thing, as the saying goes.

I’m sure they at least got a good laugh at the rest of us going googly-eyed over precipitation that just happens to be frozen and gripping our steering wheels in terror.

And I guess I could rant and rave about how these snow-hardy folk just don’t understand. How nobody around here is prepared for snow, nobody around here knows how to drive in the snow, walk in the snow, deal with the snow. (Hey! We’re not wimps, we’re realists!)

But the truth is, I don’t have room to talk.

I’ve had my fair share of chuckles over people freaking out about weather I consider normal, too.

Growing up on the coast, it was always hurricanes.

One time we had this superintendent, new guy from up north, and the first time we had a tropical storm watch under his stewardship (watch not warning, mind you; I think the eye was supposed to hit as far south as Georgia), he canceled everything. Classes, sports, meetings, the works.

Turned out to be the most beautiful day you’ve ever seen. Balmy weather, steady breeze. My sister and I went out in our kayaks to ride the  waves.

I think the whole county had a good laugh over that one.

And, yes, I know hurricanes  can be very serious (like snow storms), but the most of the time (like snow storms) you get a glancing blow and it’s not that bad.

The minute-by-minute coverage of what turns out to be no more than a good downpour is just as flabbergasting to me as the drama around a snow dusting would be to my more snow-hardy friends.

So you see, I can’t really scold them without scolding myself. And I don’t think I really want to.

Because honestly, that’s half the fun.

The way you react to weather is a bit like your favorite sports team or the way you say Albemarle; it’s says a little bit about who you are.

I know talking about the weather is generally looked at as superfluous, but honestly it’s as good a way to get to know a person as asking where they grew up.

I’ve heard more stories about my colleagues’ childhood this past week than I have since Christmas.

God bless the weather, I think it gives us a chance to open up.

Besides, freaking out over snow wouldn’t be half as fun if I didn’t have someone to roll their eyes at me.

What is fun but looking like a fool in someone’s eyes? We’re like kids with a noisy toy. We make a racket just to watch their reaction.

So laugh away my snow-skilled folk. You make me happy, too.

I’m still dreaming about (and drooling over) the chance of frozen precipitation.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at

Text Only
Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Do White Castle prices tell us anything about the minimum wage?

    NEW YORK - Economists love hamburgers. Specifically fast-food burgers. This is partly because all right-thinking human beings love ground meat on a bun, but it's also because the sandwich makes a handy yardstick for international financial comparisons. The ingredients and labor involved in preparing a Big Mac are pretty much the same no matter where you are in the world, so by looking at how many hours of toiling it takes a worker to earn enough to purchase one, you can get a sense of how wages really stack up across countries. The Economist famously created the Big Mac index in 1986 to see which currencies were overvalued. It started as a joke. Now, as the magazine proudly notes, it's a subject of academic study.

    April 22, 2014

  • Can Hillary Clinton rock the cradle and the world?

    WASHINGTON - What's most interesting to contemplate is the effect becoming a grandmother will have on Hillary's ambition. It's one of life's unfairnesses that a woman's peak career years often coincide with her peak childbearing years.

    April 22, 2014

  • Doug Creamer All in the Family

    We had a family get-together at my brother’s house on Easter Sunday. It’s hard to get our family together because we are spread out, especially when you consider nieces and nephews. My parents and siblings all made the gathering this year. Some of my nieces and nephews are far away, but they all remember gathering at my brother’s house for the holidays. Easter is known for the Jell-O eggs and the famous Easter egg hunt.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

    April 19, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    WASHINGTON - The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 19, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama's equal pay exaggeration leads us all into danger

    The president's claims of national shame over gender-based pay inequity spring from distorted calculations, as well as some convenient political math.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teens trading naked selfies for mugshots

    Will teenagers ever learn? You think yours will. Maybe so. But it's likely that was also the hope of the parents of children who were so shamed by nude photos of themselves that went south - how else can they go - that they killed themselves.

    April 12, 2014

  • Brent Laurenz If you want to vote in primary, you need to register to vote now

    RALEIGH – North Carolina voters will head to the polls on May 6 this year to cast ballots in important primary elections across the state.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott Mooneyham Heeding the voter fraud call in N.C.

    RALEIGH – Legislators found the findings outrageous.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doug Creamer Roots

    I took a few minutes over the weekend to enjoy our yard and the arrival of spring. There seems to be so much work that needs to be done, it is hard to decide what to do first. I am excited that I got to run my tiller through the garden. I didn’t go very deep, but I did at least break up the soil. I have a couple of raised beds and the soil in them was in very good shape. I didn’t plant my peas and now after the big rain we got on Monday I realize that I missed a window of opportunity.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content