Editorial: Look out, it’s winter!Every year it’s Armageddon. You’d think we’d never been through this before.
Every year it’s Armageddon.
You’d think we’d never been through this before.
When the first big snowstorm of the year hits, we are inundated with dire warnings. This week has brought the same.
Don’t even drive in west-central Wisconsin.
Don’t shovel too much and have a heart attack.
The ice is too thin, stay off.
Get your milk and bread now before the stores run out.
All good advice, but aren’t we all hearty North Shore residents who know what to do when we get a little bit of snow? And don’t we have plenty in home survival storage from the Y2K scare (remember that?) to last a decade or more in our basements?
We offer our own warnings to join the multitude this week.
Enjoy the snowmobiling.
Enjoy a white Christmas.
Go buy a sled, or a shovel, or, finally, a decent scraper at a local business.
Warning to children: More than an hour straight spent in front of a TV, computer, or on your cell phone during a winter storm will cause you to explode. Get out there and take on the elements. It’ll be a long enough winter for all that sedentary stuff.
Build a snowman, if the snow is sticky.
Build a snow fort in a big drift if we get high winds.
Those skis looking forlorn in the basement? Wax ’em up, if you’re old school, and snap them on.
If we get the 2 million inches that have been forecast, snowshoes will do the trick as well.
Clear your sidewalk and a path to your mailbox for the public good. Help a neighbor out if they need it.
Our strongest advice? Prove your Minnesota sisu and take on winter with gusto. Why else would we be up here?