From what I can tell they are very happy to be there and everyone they have met has been helpful and kind
Nothing like a paralyzing snow storm to bring out the best in everybody. Unlike other forms of storm the disaster factor is low to non-existent, it's beautiful to look at, and everybody is stuck whereever they are (very egalitarian). Even the most stubborn control freaks decide it's bigger than them and best to just give-in and relax and be kind for once. Especially pronounced in high-density neighborhoods: first introductions to those people you've lived amongst for ten years occur and it blows the mind a little.
Then right back to being inexplicably frenetic assholes.
It's a lot easier to handle large snowfalls when you're in a city that gets it regularly and was built for it. Wider streets, people that park in garages and driveways rather than directly on the narrow streets, etc. Plus when you get this kind of thing more often, the city has more resources to handle it. It doesn't make sense to pay for a ton more snow resources in Boston, so we just have to make do during a storm like this.
The driveway/parking lot to my apartment building is so narrow they can't get a plow down it with this much snow... our city is not designed around the once-every-ten-year snowfall and it was not designed for cars, either. Just the way it is. -- My music blog
our city is not designed around the once-every-ten-year snowfall and it was not designed for cars
I used to live on Green St. near Bay and would have just as soon voted to make a big chunk of Cambridgeport a no car zone. Great neighborhood! (at least in the '80s) and charm factor would go through the roof if it was blocked-off to cars. I never would have left.
Because of our proximity to Lake Ontario (and hence the lake effect snow) we get dumped on fairly regularly but nowhere near as much as they do about 20 miles north on the Tug Hill plateau. Like Sarah said we're built to handle lots of snow.
Not an overly snowy year... so far. -- #9 beat Notre Dame handily and we play St John's on Sunday.
The side streets are narrow, covered with snow, and slick. Put the cell phone down and drive. The life you save may be the child strapped into the car seat next to you as well as the pedestrians forced to walk in the street 'cuz of sidewalks that aren't shoveled.
I took a walk yesterday and everyone had to walk in the street because the sidewalks were just impassable. Cars would come by, honking at us to get out of their way... during a driving ban. -- My music blog
I wanted to shovel the whole thing. But when I looked at it I was overwhelmed and decided not to. Tomorrow it is going to rain, I may regret not shoveling as the rain will make the snow heavy and cause the porch to collapse.
My daughter had a great time at the concert last night and they are on the Thruway on their way back. They were very impressed with how nice everyone was and made them comfortable. They definitely want to come back to Boston but... in the summer -- #9 still and we beat up on St John's yesterday. Southerland came back after missing 6 games and had a decent game in the 2nd half. Next on 2/13 is UConn.
High temps in central Mass are going to be around 40 the rest of the week. Can you say slush? There will be lots of street ponds where the storm drains haven't been shoveled out. Nightime temps below freezing should make morning commutes wicked awesome. -- CMKRNL