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  •  I was in a Cleveland suburb for that storm. (4+ / 0-)

    Some friends and I were stuck in an apartment with no power, heat, or phone.  I remember drinking a lot.  My strongest memory, however, is venturing out after the storm.  It was hauntingly beautiful.  Snow drifts everywhere, and huge columns of ice hanging from trees and wires. And stillness and quiet.  My friends and I all got t-shirts that read "I Survived the Blizzard of 78".

    Just a couple of weeks ago I was staying with a friend in a hotel in Lebanon NH while her husband was having surgery nearby.  There was a snow storm predicted for the next day, and we contemplated trying to make it home or to stay for another night in the hotel.  Then we started remembering what it was like when we were younger - no 4 wheel drive cars (and rear wheel drive to boot!), no seat belts or air bags. Our cars were often unreliable , batteries seemed to die all the time, and the defrost systems and windshield wipers left a lot to be desired. We had fun remembering and laughing about how it used to be.  Then we drove home.

    •  you haven't lived til you've driven a VW in (2+ / 0-)
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      a winter snowstorm, with the drivers window rolled down so you can reach your left arm out to scrape the ice off your windshield that the defroster can't handle.  

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:56:47 AM PST

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      •  Been there... (1+ / 0-)
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        Had to scrape the ice off of the inside as well...  Good times...  You couldn't stop them though... They handled driving in the snow as well as any of the big 4 wheel drives of the time.  They were like driving little tanks.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:23:48 AM PST

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