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Blizzard 2011 = Snow Day

February 5, 2011

By Angel Perkins
At risk of being dubbed The Pilot News Weather Blogger, I must make mention of what television news channels named ... THE BLIZZARD of 2011, or, to those of us that are ancient enough to remember the blizzard that took place in 1978 ... the snow day.
Yes, it was exciting to hear about this year's storm before it came barreling through but after it came and went, it left something to be desired ... though the driving WAS difficult. The shoveling still is. But I remember our family being stranded ... IN THE CITY ... for a week. I remember police and fire officials going door-to-door on snowmobiles (no Hummers or snowblowers then my friends), armed with shovels and bags of water and bread, knocking on doors, asking if people needed food, medical assistance or taken elsewhere to further their existence. I remember people using pots and pans to dig themselves through their doorways to the outside. I remember my five-foot-tall mother pulling us on a sled across the top of the snowfall ... nothing exceptional for the season correct? Unless you take into consideration that she was standing, with her arms fully entended above her head, while pulling the sled. Tragically, many people did pass away that year, regardless of the efforts of the generous and able. And, by the time school went back in session, we had all but forgotten what had been the focus in our classes.
My experience this year was much less dramatic. I left the Plymouth office late Tuesday afternoon for home, was driving down Old 30, and the only oncoming traffic was literally, a snowmobile. We all got snowed in so we snuggled in. The children were estastic that they didn't have school (we in the rural areas don't often get that luxury) but no child was more pleased than the adults that got their own snow day. Ahhhh, it was nice to have a day during the week to "veg out." Many of us hadn't had a snow day since we were in school, so it was that much more appreciated. My family and I took full advantage of the opportunity. We stayed in our jammies all day. We "Yahtzeed" and "Rummied" and sank each other's battleships. I did laundry in mammoth perportions. We caught up on TV shows we had recorded, but most of all, we relaxed; we played and we "oohed" and "aahed" at the angry wind and giant snowflakes.
What did you do?



March 4, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 13217

Sounds like you had a beautiful snow day - I do remember the blizzard of 1978 OOhh Just thinkin bout it makes me cold. We took our sleds over to the A&P next to, what use to be hooks, over by the Laundromat on 4th street. I also Remember diggin our way out of the house. There was so much snow piled up at Kozciusko Club On 5th street ((Use to be a bowling alley and Small bar)) that we would climb the pile and sled back down it This was crazy now that I think about it as an adult I have never seen snow like that before or since then. I was ten at that time. Usually the only snow I see now is off in the mountains ;) I dont miss the snow but I do miss the fall and my dearest friends from way back when. Makes me happy to know you have a beautiful family to share a wonderful blizzard day with. I can tell from your writing your house is filled with love. ;)

Blizzard 2011

February 7, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 13172

I thought back to 1978 too. I was --, well age isn’t important now is it? I remember my mother and my grandmother celebrating my sister Jackie’s birthday with a homemade cake and frosting, I remember going out to play in the snow and having way too much fun, I remember my mother going to the neighbors to see if they needed anything. When we were finally able to drive the county roads into the city of Mishawaka, I remember seeing snow piles larger than anything my mind could imagine and I remember seeing cars that had been in accidents pulled to the side of the road, I remember snow mobiles and cars sharing the road.
In 2011, my office closed the day before the storm so I didn’t have to go to work. I got to watch the snow fall from the comfort of my living room and I waited for the snow plow to see if one would come down my road. Between my neighbor and me, we shoveled and used the snow blower to open up both our driveways, I did the laundry, read a book, worked at home as much as I could with the limited internet I have. I cleaned house (like it was Saturday) and watched a movie on television, I don’t remember trying to find anything on television in 1978.
The “blizzard” of 2011 was a snow day Angel! But I am older now so maybe it was something awesome, and I just forgot to have fun.

I remember 1978 and that was

March 7, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 29 weeks ago
Comment: 13223

I remember 1978 and that was the craziest I can ever remember. I recently was stuck in New York City during Christmas week and I say that 1978 was much worse than that. Brings back some great memories of being snowed in and loving every minute of it.

Thanks for the memories. Rob

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