Friday, December 19, 2008
Do you think the hype over ice storms is too much?
Yesterday, I was at Walmart, and the over-worked, frantic employee laughed with me over the craze of the weather. She told me that people are insane when they come to Walmart, stocking up on all the essential needs to be locked inside their house for an entire day or two as well as equipping themselves with the proper attire in case of any problem or issue.
We laughed as I saw the heaviness in her eyes from dealing with loaded carts filled with all the necessary survival supplies. With the upcoming snow storm tomorrow, I was almost barreled down ten times by customers frantically searching for their goods. Christmas also plays a big hand in the swarm of customers, but from the looks of their shopping carts, so does the snow storm.
As I am in the process of moving, I have had to call National Grid to set up my utilities. As they rescheduled my reading, the again overworked and tired employee broke down as she looked for my house on her computer. She said she could hardly hold open her eyes, and her children demanded so much from her after she was forced to work 12 hour days on her two days off, and on her first 8 hour day back, she was exhausted. She just wanted to go home. From what calls used to be sterile and business-like, mine soon turned to trauma and dismay. I didn't mind hearing of her problems, but again this reinforced the tolls we take from strong hits of the weather.
Even at my job, the weather is all people can talk about. What are the newest developments? What is going to happen? What is the worst story that happened while the storm hit? It's complete madness, but at least it gives you something to talk about with awkward coworkers.
At my apartment complex, a window bust open from a falling limb directly above my bedroom window. The shattered glass and tree limbs still lay there, as it has not been repaired as of yet, and I am constantly reminded of the damaging effects of the storm.
I know that some people really did suffer some major damage up here from the last ice storm (in Albany). The power was out for many people for up to 4 days. Trees fell on top of houses and cars--some places were a disaster.
News channels are incessant with covering the footage, which I do enjoy to some extent, but how much talk and hype are too much? Sometimes I feel we react to these things as if we're natural Floridians, but we're not! We've had tons of winters before. Snow and ice come and go. It's a part of our climate up here in the north.
What do you think of these snow storms/ice storms?