The Denver Blizzard
Not a joke, really -- but "something to think about" that's been going around after Denver's huge December 2006 blizzards.
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Up here, in the "Mile-High City", we just recovered from a Historic event -- may I even say a "Weather Event of Biblical Proportions" -- with a blizzard of up to 44 inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH which created drifts taller than houses, broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to tens of thousands.
George Bush did not come.
FEMA did nothing.
No one howled for the Government.
No one blamed the Government.
No one even uttered an expletive on TV.
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either!
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not send hordes of correspondents.
Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA trailer house.
No one looted.
Nobody -- I mean nobody -- demanded that the Federal Government "do something".
And nobody expected them to, either! Instead, we "did something".
No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera (thank God!)
No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow to make water.
Sent out caravans of SUVs to pluck people out of snow-engulfed cars.
Truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.
Farmers who had extra hay donated it to other farmers whose hay was buried in snow.
Families took in the stranded people -- total strangers!
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.
We put on extra layers of clothes because around here it is "Work or Die".
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.
Something else we learned a long time ago: the world does not owe us a living.
(Source note: According to Snopes, this is a recast version of a similar item that went out after a North Dakota storm. It also notes that the state of Colorado did request FEMA aid to help the hardest-hit areas recover.)
Posted January 10, 2007