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February 20th, 2007

Digging Out

While Ryan clearly has an affinity for “hunkering down”, I’m starting to fall in love with “digging out”.

After an almost-blizzard “swept” across my part of the nation, “digging out” was the only phrase I heard on the news. “Chicagoans are digging out.” “Central New Yorkers are digging out.” “Area begins digging out.” “Northeast continues digging out.”

The only thing that would make me happier was to hear that people were hunkering down and digging out.

Wait. What? Really? Yes!

From Oklahoma to Maine, Americans are digging out and powering back up from this week’s deadly winter storm. … In McAlester, Oklahoma, the cold forced many to crowd into shelters. “When they come in I think a lot of them kind of hunker down in their own little area and maybe trees have got them blocked and they can’t get out,” said Wayne Hicks of Baptist Disaster Relief.

Score!

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Steve A February 21, 2007, 12:58 am

Whoa… boy do *I* have another take on digging out.

Between 2000 and 2003 I lived in Watertown, NY. To find it on a map look for the northern end of I-81.

The first year I lived there we received a cumulative total of 144″ of snow betwen November 1 and December 31. While that’s not as much as these folks have been receiving lately, that was quite a bit for me.

At the time I drove a 1987 Pontiac Fiero. You may remember the vehicles. Small, sleek, close to the ground. When my apartment building would plow the streets, I was usually sleeping having working afternoon through nights and seldom going to bed before 2:00 or 3:00am. By the time I got up and about and decided I needed to do something, my beloved Dzhak (the car’s name) by then was buried in snow AND plow push… I dunno.. is there a REAL name for that crud?? So, I’d have to dig my car out to leave again.

Yeah, I spent a lot of time ‘digging out’ during those years. And often it’d backfire because when I left for work I left a ‘nice clean spot’ and someone was usually parked it in when I came home. But that’s another story–and paybacks were hell.

Ciao,

jk February 21, 2007, 3:49 am

Digging out here required unusual winter tools like pick axes, spades, and sledgehammers.

jk February 23, 2007, 4:10 am

My brother, a meteorologist, is expecting some major snow where he lives, and said today that he is getting ready to hunker down. He had no idea why I giggled when he said that.

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