Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Rochester Snow vs DC Snow
With that in mind, I wanted to take a second to point out some of the differences I've noticed between how Rochester handles snow and how the DC area does. First, the biggest thing is that people don't freak out. There was no rush on the grocery stores to buy groceries or talk about how schools will be canceled. A prime example of this difference is that in the DC area a snowstorm about the quarter of the size Rochester is currently going through would likely receive round the clock news coverage. Here in Rochester, the weather report might be a minute or two longer, but life goes on.
Secondly, I have been very impressed with how they handle the roads. Not only have the roads been kept in good shape despite the constant accumulation of snow, but they also have smaller plows that are constantly out making sure that the sidewalks are clear. As one of my friends pointed out this morning, "it's the plow service that let's me get to work without a car." This is important to me because it shows how an efficient public service that is designed to fit the needs of a community can truly be worthwhile.
Finally, on a lighthearted note, snowball fights are a good time. I've organized a couple of them over the last couple days. A lot of my friends up here are so used to the snow that they wouldn't have even thought of having one if I didn't bring it up, but it's been great to act like kids playing in the snow with folks ranging from college students to folks in their late 50's. Motto of this, enjoy what mother nature gives you.
Posted by Bryan