I’m waiting for my next patient to make it to our office while I write this. They called to let us know they’d be late because they were stuck behind a snowplow while driving in from Cazenovia during this storm.
This is the first major snow storm of our winter, and it’s a doozy. I’ve noticed over these many years of snow storms that it’s interesting to see who makes it to their appointment. The guy who lives around the corner with a new 4-wheel drive pickup truck rescheduled, as did the lady down the street with a Ford Expedition. On the other hand, a 91-year-old great grandmother plodded in with her walker and a young man from DeRuyter fish-tailed into our lot in his old Chevy Cavalier. Just never know, but the staff and I while away the time on these slower days trying to guess who will make it. I have noticed that sometimes the patients who often reschedule on sunny days will make it here, even arriving early, on the worst of winter days.
I guess we all respond differently to the challenges that winter can bring here in upstate New York. For many of us, getting out of the house and going somewhere, anywhere, is our way of facing old-man winter down. Whether it’s going out to just shovel snow, go skiing, catch a movie, or even to the dentist, notice is given that we’re hardy upstaters, and a little sense of victory is gained.
In honor of these snow days, here are some ways that the redneck comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, describes upstate New York winter:
Too funny, and too true! By the way, I hear air fare to Florida is cheap this winter.