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Snow days need to stay at bay

NORMAN — When I was a kid, I used to pray for a snow day. Please, please, please, God, let it snow. As an adult, I pray for weathermen to be wrong. Please, please, please, God, let them be idiots.

Modern, sophisticated forecasting methods nowadays pretty much guarantee God is not listening to my weather pleas, and I shouldn’t wish anyone into idiocy.

‘Get ready’
So when the weathermen began Monday issuing such warnings as "It’s coming,” "Get ready” and "Do what you have to do to get ready for it,” I took them at their word and drove straight to the grocery store, where I ran into almost everyone I know.

We were all doing the same thing, buying a week’s worth of groceries like the storm of the century was coming. (Surely not, I think it did that Christmas Eve.)

Get real
Realistically, in Oklahoma no storm is going to hang around much more than a couple of days. None of us will be trapped in our homes with nothing to eat or drink. Still, it never hurts to have all the necessary ingredients for chili, a nice supply of microwaveable popcorn and plenty of brownie mix.

This is my idea of preparing for the coming storm, but I couldn’t help but notice that others were buying rock salt, kitty litter and deicers along with their groceries.

I operate on the principle that if you’re prepared for something it’s not going to happen.

So, I threw a bag of kitty litter in the cart, stocked up on batteries and stopped on my way home to fill my car up with gas.

I hope my theory holds, because I really, really don’t want a snow day.

Jane Glenn Cannon

A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer... Read more ›