Over at the the blorg bookshelf, I do a book club bleg. I’m reading Papal Economics, which is a good book, but one that wants to be discussed. So if that’s your scene, get a copy and chat with me. Your place, my place, whatever suits. Let me know what you like.
Meanwhile, speaking of economics:
1) Usually snow does not actually cause any more problems in the South than it does anywhere else. That thing going on in Atlanta is an aberration. And really? Atlanta? It’s Atlanta. ‘Nuf said.
2) Ice causes problems. There is an economic case to be made in favor of below-ground power lines. But the call-before-you-dig people probably have the winning charts, so I bet our lines stay overhead for a long, long time. And really, the ice mostly just makes things cold and unpleasant. It can cause the same terrible problems it can cause anywhere. But most people don’t experience that. So you’d have to have some serious cost-benefit studies before even taking on much in the way of anti-ice measures.
But, please, dear northern friends, do not form a 501(c)3 and start collecting funds for poor, snowplow-deprived southerners.
3) Because here’s the clincher: When we get “winter weather”? We want to stay home.
Not only is there no financial justification for, say, your county owning a snow plow when you have a perfectly good Sun that will be back again by Friday . . . who’d want one? Why on earth would anyone want to go to work on the only snow day in a year? If you’re lucky enough to get snow that often. Way better to get out the ATV, hitch up a towline and an inner tube, tell the kids to hang on tight, and do donuts on the school playground.
Clarification: I don’t actually think parents should do this. But I approve of the spirit of such recreation. Only mean nasty evil people think innocent children should do school work during the Snow Minutes. Sheesh, one shouldn’t even have to do housework doing the snow minutes. You shouldn’t have to go to bed. You should just admire, photograph, touch, shape, throw, sculpt, and roll in the stuff.
I do feel cheated, though, because NOAA’s revised their forecast, and it’s not supposed to hit 60 by the end of the week. I was looking forward to short sleeves. Meanwhile, yes, of course we have harvested our icicles and tucked them away safely in the freezer. Waste not want not.