The Wimpification Of Greenwich

Scene of devastation: somehow the car was able to make it…

The Friday Morning Snow Storm

I actually felt bad for the snowplow guys. There they were, all buzzing around town, searching for something to plow, finding nothing but clear roads. There was a bit of snow sticking to lawns, but no customers wanted their lawns plowed.

Yep, Friday’s “snow storm” caused every school to close and, more importantly, cancelled all of Gideon Fountain’s carefully prepared house-showing plans, and for what? Essentially flurries, the sort of snow Vermonters would barely notice, let alone change their plans for.

Absolutely pathetic, and a sign that Americans, well, Greenwich Americans, get softer and wimpier every year. This despite nearly every household owning at least one 4-wheel drive vehicle. Driving in snow is what they were made for, dammit! If that makes you nervous, go find an empty, snow-covered parking lot and practice. If you fear snow, you are a sissy, plain and simple, and the world can be a very hard place for sissies. Now, get out there!

At the height of the storm…thank goodness we could take shelter in this handy tunnel!

Sorry, no more skating, no more fun, all because some sissy-pants chiropractor or urologist or something, successfully sued the Town of Greenwich when he broke his leg whilst trespassing on town property.

You wanna see the right attitude about snow? THIS is the right attitude… Copy this guy!

 

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Greenwich’s “Drought” Continues

"Rockwood Lake", one of Greenwich's reservoirs, looking pretty full this afternoon (Seen in foreground, Canada geese which have been fitted with disposable diapers to prevent water contamination)

“Rockwood Lake”, one of Greenwich’s reservoirs, looking pretty full this afternoon (seen in foreground, Canada geese, which have been fitted with disposable diapers to prevent water contamination)

Every time we have yet another torrential, all-day rain like the one seen yesterday, I look forward to the Town announcing the “End of the drought”. Sadly, that announcement has been postponed again, and it’s starting to look like NO AMOUNT OF RAIN will ever solve this problem.

Here’s the latest Greenwich Time story on this bizarre “drought that won’t go away”:

http://m.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-s-reservoirs-still-below-normal-10880986.php#photo-12248768

Since massive rainfall has no effect, has anyone considered the possibility that one of our reservoirs may have a hole somewhere?

Or, how about this idea: let’s dig a deeper reservoir!

As usual, Fountain puts the great brain to work, and out pop two great ideas!

The Year The Leaves Refused To Fall

Decent looking specimen (a maple) at Innis Arden Golf Club, leaves still standing!

Decent looking specimen (a maple) at Innis Arden Golf Club, leaves still standing!

For argument’s sake, lets agree that the season known as “Fall” got its name from the fact that leaves fall to the ground around this time of year, shall we? Not too much of a stretch, is it? Good.

But what about all these non-cooperative trees that refuse to play along? Oaks and beeches are the main culprits, but I’ve spotted some other renegades around town. Here it is, Thanksgiving, for heaven’s sake, and loads and loads of leaves are hanging in there, refusing to budge.

“Why, Gid, tell us why”, I hear a few of you plead.

Here then is the answer. It comes from Michael Snyder, of Northern Woodlands Magazine, who admits that, pretty much no one knows the answer. Guesses range from trees holding on to leaves so they can drop ’em in the Spring to self-fertilize (please), retaining leaves to provide “frost protection” for emerging buds (yeah, right), and finally (get this) “to camouflage emerging buds from marauding deer”.

Pure hokum, obviously. Clearly, Snyder is stumped. But perhaps some of you thoughtful readers can chime in on the subject?

The view from Binney Park, couple of days ago. Don't these trees know what time of year it is??

The view from Binney Park, couple of days ago. Don’t these trees know what time of year it is??

When The Government Says Stay Home, You….

Taking the Jag out for some winter exercise. Unfortunately, this model isn't all-wheel-drive, so even with snow tires, it was a little too "adventurous".

Taking the Jag out for some winter exercise. Unfortunately, this model isn’t all-wheel-drive, so even with snow tires, it was a tad “adventurous” (remember, panthers likes the jungle, not the tundra)

Go out, of course! The roads (around Greenwich, anyway) are fine, as long as you’re comfortable driving in snow. Don’t be a cry-baby!

 

The Jaguar stands in front of broker Jean Dana’s listing, at 3 Gisborne Place, off Old Greenwich’s Tomac Avenue, $3,995,000.

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