2014-02-21 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

Snow Business
by Beth Hanning

I know I wrote about the “Snowpocalypse” a few weeks ago, but with being informed this week that New York City has had more than double the amount of average snowfall I think I can write another column about it. Not only has New York City received more than double the snow, according to Dr. Bill Evans from Eyewitness News, we are having the seventh snowiest winter since the recording of weather.

Now if you look at the years ahead of us on the snowiest list, two of them were in the 1800s and one was in the 1920s. Now I mention that because I think it is significant because many people keep saying, “Oh come on, it is winter, it is supposed to snow.” Well in my lifetime and my father’s, 57 inches of snow in a winter does not come too often!

Since complaining seems all we could do, I thought I would make a list of warm things I am looking forward to:

1. Riding my bike and walking. I enjoy riding my bike around town and I cannot wait until it gets warmer. I also enjoy walking with my friends and I am anticipating when I can do that again.

2. The Concession Stands: I cannot wait to ride my above-mentioned bicycle to the concession stands, even though I may take my life into my hands on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Hopefully I can make it to 108th Street and to Shore Front.

3. Frozen Drinks at Connolly’s: Even though we are in a deep freeze I hear the summer is going to be especially hot. Cold drinks and Connolly’s air conditioning will solve all of our problems.

4. No bulky clothes: I cannot wait until I retire the hats, gloves, scarves, and boots to the winter bin. I do not think there has even been a winter where I have worn all of these items as much.

5. THE BEACH: It will be a glorious day when I walk down to the beach with my chair and beach bag and plant my toes in the sand. Hopefully the first beach day will be mild enough to stay late to order pizza. Nothing is better than sun, sand and pizza.

***While I was having brunch this past Sunday, someone came up to me and said, “You have to write about the shoveling situation! It is like it is a lost art.” This person then continued to tell me he walked from the Beach 120s to Beach 116th in the street. I honestly have not been walking around too much so I decided to travel around the neighborhood.

Wow, many properties are not shoveled. We all have to get onto the phone and call our elected officials and let them know this is not acceptable, especially when there are people in the neighborhood advertising that they have people available to shovel. Maybe even call the realtors that are advertising the sale of the property.***

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