On Sunday they were carrying covered dishes to SuperBowl parties. Then came Maximus. They roam the streets covered with ice, board public transportation (if they can't dig their cars out or the locks are frozen) and hold their heads in their hands, like zombies.
Late tonight or early tomorrow morning Nika visits, a storm affecting over 115 million people. Guests of my former college buddy Kathleen Huebner, who lives in Tucson, Arizona, can't get a flight back east until Thursday. I told Kathleen on Facebook, "Ha-ha-ha, they will be bunking beyond Thursday at your place." Another storm is expected this weekend.
But, there have been lessons to be learned.
One, for me, is that it can pay to wait. During Maximus I had a million things I needed to take care of. But, I waited. Eventually the snow stopped, the sun came out and it was possible to get the snow and ice off the car. Had I not waited I not only wouldn't have gotten my car on the road at the time. I would have become totally unhinged.
Another was to take care of myself. I knew there was going to be a run of bad weather so I made it my business to go visit the ocean in Westerly, Rhode Island last weekend. Lee K., my animal companion, and I became centered. Had we not taken that trip we would probably would have had a meltdown.
And, third, it makes sense to think long term about the economic benefits versus the cost and the weather of living in the Northeast. On Facebook Kathleen and I chatted about what life for Lee K. and me might be in Arizona. Rentals are so much less expensive than here in Connecticut. Also, I would have access to the southern market. So far I haven't been able to crack that since I'm perceived as a New York writer.
The good news, I guess, is that I will learn even more lessons through Nika.