I suppose it’s not February’s fault that it’s the worst of all the months. It’s done its job to be the shortest every year (even leap years!) and, really, many people argue that January is worse, so it is really quite possible that I’m in the minority.
But it’s so interminable every year. I really start to lose it around the 17th or 18th. It’s the month when I tend to be sourest.
I think about last year’s February and how it seemed permeated by ex-boyfriends and their ineptitude, and this year it seems clouded in a constant haze of sleeping pills and sinus medicine.
February makes me want to meld with couches and disappear into walls.
“I wish we could be Team Johnny Weir and the Cast of Glee”—Me, on trying to figure out a name for Justine’s and my team for the Walk to Cure Psoriasis: Philadelphia. PS: If you would like to join my so-far nameless team, the Philadelphia walk is May 15th at the Philadelphia Zoo (America’s FIRST Zoo!). You also get free Zoo access for the rest of the day. I have seen giant turtles having SEX there (it lasted for hours; they were still going at it when I left), but I make no promises as to what you’ll get to see.
Over 30 inches (75 cm) of snow fell in Philadelphia, the most of any major city in the storm’s path. It was the city’s all-time greatest snowstorm, compared to its previous greatest snowstorm which was a “mere” 21 inches. Most of those 30.7 inches, 27.6, fell in just 24 hours, a new record for the city for the most snow in 24 hours. The mayor declared a state of emergency, and only police and other emergency workers were permitted to drive on city streets leaving the city to pedestrians.
Because of the ban on driving, there were also no restaurant (or other) food deliveries. In response, Darryl Brophy, General Manager of the TGI Fridays on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, offered a special souvenir “Blizzard of ‘96” menu. Meanwhile, workers at the nearby Wawa food market, unable to leave their store, resorted to eating food from the shelves.
For three days city trucks loaded with plowed snow dumped their contents into the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers eventually causing major problems with the natural flow of the rivers. It is a rare occurrence for trucks to “dispose of snow” in the Philadelphia area, since the snowfall amounts typically do not warrant it. However the snow was so extensive, that plowing would cause massive snow piles. City officials had no choice but to resort to hauling the snow to nearby rivers. Disposal of snow became a major issue but temperatures quickly returned to normal and began to quickly clear the snow. This resulted in flooding, when on January 19th, a jet stream disturbance from the Gulf of Mexico caused a rapid melt, followed by thunderstorms, which both brought three inches of rain, and caused the snow to melt 20 inches in one day. Philadelphia saw its worst flooding in twenty years. That evening, the storms moved out, with a cold front entering, and subsequently froze over the now-flooded Delaware Valley. Damages were estimated to reach $1 billion.
The problem is that we ended up at the mercy of a generation of guys who don’t quite seem to know what’s expected of them, whether it’s earning a double income or texting someone after she blows you. There are no more traditions or standards, and manners are like cleft chins or curly hair — they only run in some families.