Tonawanda News


January 9, 2014

KEPPELER: Life, in 30 minutes

Tonawanda News — I am not a winter weather wimp.

I suppose that sounds a little like I’m protesting too much, but it’s true. I grew up in Cattaraugus County, where the temperature is routinely 10-20 degrees colder than it is at my Town of Tonawanda home (and I love to say I’m one of the only people around who moved to Buffalo to get away from the snow). I don’t like the cold, really, but I’ll grumble a bit, bundle up and get on with it if I have to go outside. I’ve driven in snow, ice, freezing rain, fog and other assorted meteorological phenomenon, and while I don’t like it, I do it.

So the whole “blizzard” thing Tuesday didn’t faze me much. I mean ... really? It’s the Buffalo area. It snows, we deal, life goes on. I have no problem at all with the schools closing these few days due to the temperature (although my kids are going NUTS at this point), but mostly, it’s just part of the experience.

So that morning, I got up, doubled checked the weather reports (and didn’t worry much, because we’re not in the Southtowns), bade my restless children and resigned husband farewell and drove to work, dealing with a bit of snow in the town that vanished in favor of blue skies as soon as I cleared the I-290 overpass. This is a blizzard? Big deal.

I thought that for hours, until I saw the “no unnecessary travel in the Town of Tonawanda” alert much later on Facebook (work purposes, honest) and peeked out the newsroom window. There was a bit of snow blowing around and the blue in the sky had vanished, but otherwise it didn’t seem so awful. Still, I had finished the portion of duties I couldn’t take home, so I bundled up a bunch of paperwork and myself and headed for the car.

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