cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Our village employees are doing a great job today on the remains of the snow storm that appeared to dump about 12 inches on my house. Our street had a swipe taken by about 6:30AM today so that it was passable. I have resorted to paying to have my driveway plowed and that had been done before 7:30AM. After some clean-up shoveling, I decided to drive to my office only to find that parking lot full of snow and just beginning to be cleared, so I deferred until later. The traffic was sparse at that time.
The main streets are very passable considering the snowfall and the wind, and the side streets appear to be a good shape, too, although there is some touch-up remaining to happen. If I'm not mistaken, I think I noticed that sidewalks on Mequon were being addressed with the small maneuverable plows the village deploys. If not, they were certainly clear for having had the snowfall that we had.
On the same theme, when I did go out again about 11:00AM, I was reminded of how nice it is to know that you live in a place where people take the time to help neighbors, and where you can almost always count on a smile in return for yours to others. Even today, with nerves maybe a bit frayed, that seemed to hold true.
Of course, smiles tend to have magical qualities about them. They provoke thoughts of kindness in others who almost always have to smile back; such a great payback for so little an investment.
Shopping in Sendik's was easy. There were still just a few people who had ventured out, but the store was ready and the staff was friendly and helpful...as always. The parking lot was quite well cleared just prior to noon, and had looked to be quite passable during the Fox 6 reports that were aired from their parking lot during the early morning hours.
We had free run of Menard's, as well, where employees outnumbered customers by two to one or better, although that parking lot left a great deal to be desired.
Snow days always seem to have something special about them, even for me as an adult. Maybe it is the idea that I can justify not being in my office or being a little lazy in the morning until the driveway gets plowed. And, if we but look about at the youngsters having so much fun when they can be out of school on a school day, maybe that is infectious, too.
All in all, it is a great day in Germantown! I hope you feel the same way about your town, too, if it isn't Germantown!