I just got this from my buddy Bill — don’t know whether it’s authentic, but I’ve never heard kicking and screaming from the folks up north… so I’ll assume it’s true in spirit if nothing else (and I hope the mugwumps down in Louisiana are paying attention):
(For those of you who are not aware, North Dakota and southwestern Montana got hit with their first blizzard of the season a couple of weeks ago)
This text is from county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota state after the storm.
Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic event — may I even say a “Weather Event” of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 24″ inches of snow and winds to 50 MPH that broke trees in half, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10’s of thousands.
George Bush did not come….
FEMA staged nothing….
No one howled for the government…
No one even uttered an expletive on TV…
Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards…..
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House….
No news anchors moved in.
We just melted snow for water, sent out caravans to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars, fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Aladdin lamps and put on an extra layer of clothes.
Even though a Category “5” blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early…we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
Everybody is fine.
Reminds me of “The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I see the old independent pioneer spirit is alive and well in the prairies.