Living in Michigan for 2 1/2 years, I got enough snow to last me a life time. Apparently, God had other plans and once again I’m haunted by large flakes and snow banks. Nonetheless, Michigan did teach me a thing or two about managing through these crazy-ass storms.
1)Buy a house/condo with a grocery store in walking distance. This avoids any mad rush for milk or toilet paper the night before, and if you’re caught in a crunch for some wine, you can simply just walk up the road.
2) Life goes on. Other news outside the storm is going on the world, so after you’ve gotten the latest on traffic and road closures, turn the channel and see what else is going on the world. No need for 24/7 storm watch.
3) Garage parking. I actually learned this one in NJ, but it’s a necessity in high snow areas. After leaving Connecticut, I’ve never gone without this one. I haven’t scrapped a windshield in 8 years.
4) Snow pants and boots. I almost parted with these when a left Michigan, but something told me to hang on to ’em. Both have gotten good wear this year and since I bought quality will last for years to come. I’m actually wearing them right now!
5) Front-wheel drives kick ass in the snow. No matter the car, if you have front wheel drive you’re good to go. Even my VW Cabrio convertible braved the snow and totally kicked ass! I only got stuck once and that was because the snow was deeper than my car.
6) AAA – A total must have! My AAA membership pulled me out of the snow bank and gave me jump start when the battery died b/c of sub-zero temperatures. I let this membership go briefly when I was in TN, but it’s since been reinstated.
Hopefully, this will be the last of the snow this year.I’m just a nicer person in the summer. I’m counting the days until Memorial Day. However, this is my life today, so I made the best of it.