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Monday, January 10, 2011

Pet Peeve: Snowperts

Here in Raleigh, NC, snow is not a common occurrence. Mind you, it is not rare but we don't normally have snow stick around for more than a week...and that's just because we are waiting for the snow to melt.

But these past two months, we have had about three significant snowfalls, plus a few snow flurries.

And inevitably, the "professional snow experts" come out of the woodworks to complain about how "we" (here in the South) drive, or how we scurry to the grocery stores, or how schools let out early/close.

What qualifies "professional snow experts"? Apparently, living anywhere where snow is common. It's worse with Facebook and Twitter: I am more exposed to their diatribe. It reminds me of that quote "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt" except to remain silent, I never thought you were a fool. But once you get on your high horse about how foolish you think _we_ are, then you are not only foolish but ignorant.

BTW, I am not Southern by birth. I am an Island girl - a mestiza of Filipino and american blood. I didn't grow up around snow. I have no idea how to drive in it and you know what? I don't wanna. Point one for me for being able to admit I won't do it - and I state that admission from a pedestal looking down on all of you folks who THINK they are better drivers IN SNOW.

You know what I did grow up around? Typhoons. AKA Hurricanes in these here parts. And you know what I do when one comes our way? I go to the grocery store and stock up. I resist the urge to tape up my windows but I don't stand around telling all you non-typhoon/hurricane folks how stupid you are for not doing it. My point is: it's just as silly for you snowperts to think so highly of yourself here as me being some kind of hurricane expert.

I will dare state this: YOU SNOWPERTS CAN'T DRIVE IN OUR SHITTY SNOW EITHER. Why? Because our roads are not like the roads you have in your snow cities. We don't have a zillion plows and salt trucks to take care of our roads as you do because, if you didn't already notice, WE DON'T HAVE SNOW FOR MORE THAN A FREAKING WEEK.

Up North? YOU HAVE SNOW EVERY DAY UNTIL YOU MOVE OR SUMMER HITS.

I can't believe I have to tell you guys this. You should know this. As Olivia says, Ignorance is NOT bliss.

I have a friend who's family lives in the country up north. You know what they do when a bigger prediction of snow fall is about to happen? They go to the store and stock up and DON'T DRIVE ANYWHERE if they don't have to. And guess what? Sometimes those schools get canceled too. Wow. What a concept.

Which brings me to everyone who complains about the school delays and closings.

First, I realize I am very fortunate to have a husband and a job that allows us to get our children when necessary. But this message is for the people in similar situations as me: you stay at home moms, you white-collar workers with flexible job hours: if your kid is on a bus and that bus crashed, not only would you be scared for your kid, you would be PISSED at the school system for putting them in that situation.

Why would the bus crash? Go back and read the first few paragraphs of my rant.

Have you ever heard of the 'better to be safe than sorry' expression? That's what works in this case. I am not the biggest fan of the WCPSS decisions *BUT* I back their conservative choices when it comes to the safety of my kids. Yes, it's frustrating. But I already fear a bus driver driving my kids on dry roads, let alone wet and slippery ones. It's a lose-lose for WCPSS: you don't delay school, bus gets stranded/crashes/whatever, parents become furious for endangering their kids' lives. You DO delay school, then parents bitch, whine and moan about 'was that necessary?'

I hear people all the time, laughing, mocking, the WCPSS decisions. And while it has no affect on them, I am laughing, mocking them, for their stupidity, their high-snobbery.

That goes for you snowperts too.

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