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The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, and every year we begin to gather our supplies in May: containers of gas for the generators, batteries, gallons of water, and non-perishable food. We put up half the storm shutters over the windows, just to be prepared and save time should a storm approach. We remove excess foliage and store any loose yard decorations. When the hurricane warnings come, we want to move quickly, button down the house and be safe.

We are told to have supplies for 72 hours and to expect no outside help during that time. It may not be possible for rescue personnel to get into the area after a storm. We learned this firsthand after Hurricane Charley in 2004. Although the local police and fire departments were available, the damage was too extensive for them to manage. It was several days before crews from other states were able to make their way to our area to assist in recovery. We were without electricity and water for one week, and this was during August and the extreme humidity and heat of a Florida summer. We were not happy, but we understood.

My question is this? Why do the people of New York City think they should be fully recovered from a major winter storm in just three days? What a bunch of whining, entitled nitwits. Suck it up! How can a street be plowed when cars are parked on either side rather than in garages – such a heathen practice, parking on the street. Millions of people living in tiny boxes, all congregated in one area, parking in the streets, and complaining about the snow. It fairly boggles the mind.

The rest of the country is capable of operating without you, NYC, while you are snowed in and unable to operate any of the bailed-out financial institutions for a few days. We will all breathe a sigh of relief that they can’t get up to any mischief. Here’s an idea. All of you can get out there with snow shovels and clean up those streets yourselves. Get the job done instead of complaining. And stop picking on Bloomberg like it’s all his fault.

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  • zingzing

    it’s the 30th. this storm happened on the 26th. one would think they could plow the streets by this time, yet as of today, there are hundreds of streets left unplowed. it’s a winter wonderland, blah, blah, blah, but what of all the firetrucks and ambulances that need to get through? it may mean life and death to someone.

    some of us live in nyc. most of us get by, even though there roads are impassable. but it’s no laughing matter if someone needs help and help can’t get there.

    yes, when millions of people live together, parking on the street happens. but there isn’t a fucking parking deck every block either. inhuman, isn’t it? how can people live this way?

    do you own a shovel?

  • dharma55

    Guess what? Firetrucks and ambulances can’t get through after natural disasters in other areas in the country. Just ask the folks in New Orleans, or in any of the other areas in the Gulf Coast affected by hurricanes. For that matter, ask the folks still cleaning tar balls off their feet after a walk on the beach courtesy of the BP spill. Yes, I own a shovel…more than one actually, but none of them are for snow removal. But I do know how to operate a chainsaw to remove downed trees after a storm and I know how to replace screening, roof tiles, fencing, and other repairs because I had to do it (with my husband) because there was no one to do it for us. Instead of being victims, get out there and help.

  • http://www.joannehuspek.wordpress.com Joanne Huspek

    No kidding.

    I lived in Minnesota in the mid-70s when I arguably saw some of the worst winter weather I ever wanted to encounter. Drifts to the top of my garage door, heck if you could break out of your house to get to the garage, that was an epic moment. Six hours to shovel the drift away, and I still made it to work on time. Being prepared for any situation is the only way to be.

  • Ruvy

    Having lived in both Minnesota and NYC, I have to throw in my 10 agorot coin in agreement with Joanne Huspek. You prepare for the climate you live in. Newsflash, boys and girls, FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES can get through real bad snow laden streets – no chains to ruin the pavement, just power. With all them vehicles parked on the streets outside of the pack ‘em and stack ‘em sardine boxes they call apartment buildings in New York, someone can put on some galoshes and contact somebody with a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE and help attach a blade to plow the street and give the guy a C-note. It worked at the drive-thru at the Burger King where I managed every time. And in Minnesota, you get to work, no matter how bad the weather is. Only wimps stay home.

  • zingzing

    or you can just hop on a damn subway. no $100-bills flying around, no 6 hours of shoveling… what are you people doing with you time and money? that’s crazy talk.

  • zingzing

    dharma55: “Instead of being victims, get out there and help.”

    also, don’t believe everything you read in the paper. it’s just a snow storm. the tabloids are up in arms, yes, the snows should have been plowed, yes, but the world goes on. i haven’t missed any work, the airports are open and if walking is a bit treacherous, it’s doable.

    you make it sound as if someone is complaining about a humanitarian crisis or something. some people do that to sell newspapers. other people read it in newspapers. i think you’re the latter and have become a victim of the former.

  • dharma55

    Not exactly. I’ve been reading tweets from NYC residents and all I “hear” is complaining. Mind you, these friends are used to being catered to and I’m sure they don’t represent the majority of the NYC population. Unfortunately, they are the most vocal.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Unfortunately, they are the most vocal.

    Of course. Just as the letter-writers in your local paper kvetching about the council or their congressman aren’t a representative cross-section of the population either. They’re just the ones who like to complain.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Tony Capstick *

    By gum, these New Yorkers are soft. Bit o’ snow never hurt anyone. I’ll never forget that first day at pit when I were a lad. Me an’ me father worked a 72-hour shift and then walked ‘ome 43 mile through a blizzard in us bare feet, ‘uddled inside us clothes made outer old sacks.

    They don’t know they’re born these days.

  • zingzing

    no one’s going to tweet about how they made it to work on time just fine. a lot of places were closed down monday, but that’s about the extent of it.

    most roads were plowed after the snow stopped mid-day monday, but as of wednesday, there were lots of roads that hadn’t been. i was in a somewhat affluent part of park slope on tuesday night, and their roads hadn’t been plowed. it’s kinda hard to drive in two and a half feet of snow. but i didn’t see much evidence that anyone had tried. i assume they just took the subway to wherever they needed to go.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I love when selfish nitwits see everything only as it relates to them. There were deaths associated with the failure of the gov’t to take the right action including an infant. And today, 4 days later some old people in a nursing home were STILL on an unplowed street and in a panic because people could not get to dialysis and chemo.

    Glad you’re okay. The world needs more people with obnoxiously selfish attitudes.

    I just saw a show on the veterans who drowned in the Keys because of the insanity of leaving important things to bureaucrats, experts, and other people who follow chains of command.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    There, I said it!

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    8 – I hear people from NYC pay a lot of taxes. Perhaps they’d like to imagine they are actually paying for something. To fail to complain about gov’t failure is like paying for your dinner and then being happy with being served cat food.

    People aren’t complaining enough!

  • dharma55

    Cindy, a woman I worked with died during Hurrican Charley in 2004 because she was having an asthma attack and could not get to the hospital. Emergency vehicles do not operate at the height of a hurricane. FYI, personal attacks are not allowed in the comments, so calling me obnoxiously selfish is uncalled for. Regardless of the amount you pay in taxes, there is only so much that can be done during a natural disaster. That was the point I was trying to make.

  • El Bicho

    “People aren’t complaining enough!”

    No, people aren’t doing enough.

  • Nat

    I have lived upstate New York (country and suburban) and in NYC. Life is different upstate. People accept that snow will hold things up, but the pace of life in NYC does not allow for such things. Upstate I had to shovel my car and a long driveway, but not entire streets. In NYC, I no longer keep a car. It’s so much more expensive to keep a car in the city (inspections, registration, insurance all cost more here and I’ve not even mentioned the possibility of paying for parking and the inevitable tickets, which are pretty much a steady source of income to the city). I rely on mass transit, which was not an option as a result of the blizzard for many. It’s just apples and pears.

    Additionally, with a mayor who refused to acknowledge the severity of the blizzard and the slow resolution, people were naturally upset. Generally, things get done a lot faster around here. We pay an additional city tax (on top of state and federal) with the expectation that the money goes into making the city run smoothly. My taxes were much less upstate when I strictly paid state and federal.

    Perhaps some of you don’t realize the disrespect that many NYC residents feel as a result of not residing in the borough of Manhattan. There are four other boroughs, you know. The outer boroughs were the ones that were neglected. Some more so than others.

    While some may think it is somehow inevitable and excusable that there will be emergencies that simply cannot be dealt with on occasions such as this blizzard, there were casualties as a result of poor planning on this one. When I lived upstate more precautions were taken ahead of a storm. It’s terrible that anyone should lose their life or loved one in any situation, but especially if more preventative measures could have been taken. My condolences to anyone who suffered a loss during the blizzard.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Cindy, a woman I worked with died during Hurrican Charley in 2004 because she was having an asthma attack and could not get to the hospital. Emergency vehicles do not operate at the height of a hurricane.

    What has that got to do with roads being unplowed and a storm that was inadequately prepared for?

    Emergency services DO operate in a blizzard. It is not the same thing as a hurricane. They were inadequate. That means there needed to be more people available.

    As far as the veterans who died in the Keys, you’d really have to watch the documentary or read the history. There were just enough ‘leaders’ to assure their demise.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    16 – I will accept that El-B.