Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snowstorm

The reports yesterday were dire: “Britain faces a week of paralysis,” said the Times. (Not the New York Times, which was basically making fun of us instead.) Things are looking up today, what with a few buses running again. As a radio presenter pointed out this morning, if only the Germans had waited for a little snow, they could have taken the city. (The buses, which stopped working entirely yesterday, managed to stay on their routes during the Blitz.)

7 comments:

Juli Ra said...

Yes, I agree, 'we' New Yorkers have little sympathy for your snow in the UK, although it makes for great headlines and late night talk show fodder. Having gone to school in the mid-west, I'm often shocked to see schools closed and public transportation slow down with a mere 4 inches of snow in this city!!

Tara said...

Just got back from some errands, and although it's sunny and the roads look good, no sidewalks (in my neighborhood, at least) have been cleared! What's up with that?

Juli Ra said...

in NYC, the owner of the building/property that is adjacent to the sidewalk is responsible for the care and keeping of the sidewalk. Here, the sidewalk gets cleared almost instantly in front of most businesses probably due to the extreme litigious nature of NYers... Maybe in your adopted city, 1) the city is responsible, 2) people don't care, 3) litigation due to negligence on the sidewalk is not common...

Tara said...

Most likely, numbers 2 and 3, Juli! As I was walking, I kept thinking: is no one worried about slip-and-fall lawsuits? Ah, I remember my days on jury duty....

Juli Ra said...

speaking of NY, did you see this? Hysterical! Also, a tribute to my current neighborhood is in there...
http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/i-lego-ny/

Tara said...

Ha! I just put up my post for today, which has the same link in it! (Should have read my comments first.) That guy completely cracks me up.

Juli Ra said...

btw: here is an addendum to the thread about snow removal on sidewalks here in NYC... apparently, the building owners are fined a hefty fee: min $100 to $350 for non removal/or attempts to remove snow within 12 hours of accumulation. Found out the hard way with a Dept. of sanitation note posted on my door. I imagine the fines are stiffer for non removal in front of businesses.