I’ve wimped out on New York City today thanks to a single word in the National Weather Service’s storm warning.


I don’t want to be part of history and I don’t want to sit in the dark with two feet of mashed potato snow to shovel on Sunday morning but that seems to be my fate. I was in college in ’78 — the National Guard had to dig us out — and won’t ever forget the monster dumping that hit Cotuit in 2005 when we had drifts over the first floor’s window sills.   This one is forecast to drop a foot of snow and blow hurricane strength late Friday night through Saturday afternoon.

So time to start cooking, do what needs to be done where electricity is required, and get ready to make some history.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

3 thoughts on “Snowmageddon”

  1. I wouldn’t say “wimped out”. You’d be justified in saying “I used good judgement” in your decision. Sure your family would rather have you home.

    As for sitting in the dark, I can highly recommend a whole house generator – a 14kw would probably keep you warm, lit and if you wanted, connected to the Internet.

    Best of luck.

  2. If “wimping out” is synonymous with “exercising good judgment”, sign me up.

    I well remember the Blizzard of ’78 and the 5-mile walk from Stamford to Cos Cob, CT with my useless car buried in a snowbank. Nothing romantic about that! I hope I’ve learned my lesson, spending my Friday doing electricity-dependent chores like laundry, vacuuming, etc. Later I will construct a large beef stew on the (gas-fired) stovetop. Who knows, I may be eating that for the next week.

    Good luck one and all.

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