Some passing thoughts

Even though Saturday was a balmy 45 degress, I know that certainly won’t last for long.

Most of my life, I’ve foregone a coat in the winter, but since moving to the Grantie State about six months ago, that hasn’t really been an option this winter season.

Don’t get me wrong, West Virginia had plenty of cold weather and plenty of snow, for that matter.

However, New Hampshire seems different. The cold, for some reason, is a bit more bitter – and breezy.

So, for the first time in my 42 years, I have become a coat wearer. And gloves. And a toboggan.

I think my next investment will be long johns.

Speaking of winter, I have noticed something about my new home state. Everyone has a snow blower. During the last big snowstorm, I helped my brother – who works in The Telegraph’s circulation department – deliver newspapers.

Even though it was 4 and 5 a.m. when we were traversing the local roadways, people – more than a dozen to be exact – were snowblowing their driveways and sidewalks.

Now, I have snow blower envy, so I likely will pick one up soon, even though I live in an apartment building. Heck, it’ll at least come in handy.

Another unique thing during New Hampshire winters is the law requiring all snow to be removed from your vehicles before venturing out. This – along with the amazing job done by road crews – has me very much impressed.

No such law is on the books anywhere else I’ve lived, although I always have been obsessive when it comes to clearing my car before hitting the road.

Back to the road crews and city workers. In my humble opinion, they deserve mounds of credit for their hard work in keeping us all safe on the highways.

Each snowstorm this season, they have tiresly plowed not only the roads, but crews also work at clearing downtown sidewalks and removing the white stuff from the side of the road. Thanks to all for a job well done.

All-in-all, New England weather has me a bit perplexed. The beauty, though, is truly breathtaking.

I love my new home.

Stay warm and be safe.

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