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Are you disappointed to see the rain instead of snow?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 21, 2006

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Photo of Mike Tatro

“Actually, I was hoping for snow. My birthday is the day before Christmas and that’s my favorite type of weather. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.”

Photo of Audrey Coleman

“I’m enjoying the rain. I know we needed the moisture, and the rain makes it seem more springlike.”

Photo of Jake Stoetzner

“I’m not disappointed. The rain is gone after it drops, but the snow stays around. It would be kind of nice to have a white Christmas, though.”

Photo of Suzanne Adlof

“Yes. I’d rather see it snow. It makes it seem more like Christmas.”


sublime 8 years, 9 months ago

Not at all.If it snows, I want it to be enough for the kids and I to go sledding.Otherwise I can do without it.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

Nice to see Detroit on the list!

(Fun fact: I like to watch old tv shows from the 70s and 80s, and every time Detroit gets mentioned, it's in the context of either cars or organized crime.)

Anyway, I love to ski, so of course the rain is disappointing.

southerngirl 8 years, 9 months ago

Here in the midsouth, they RARELY get snow, but have torrential rains all winter. If it does snow-even a dusting-the city comes to a halt. They are actually predicting a few flakes on Christmas Eve/Day. I miss Kansas snows, but never the ice. d

trinity 8 years, 9 months ago

i think we need a new ots question for the day-this one seems to be falling quite flat.

what say you??? :)

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Trinity: I might be able to answer that call! Give me a minute or three.

RonBurgandy 8 years, 9 months ago

We only get about 2 to 3 "good" snows a year, and I can't really remember ever having snow on Christmas (except for some frost or a small amount of ice), so I wasn't really holding my breath for this year.

I wish that it would snow more, it's much more entertaining than rain, unless it's a really good t-storm.

trinity 8 years, 9 months ago

lol, you're ON jonas! you usually always have fun/interesting/cool posts! :)

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Okay, I'm compiling a list. It is my opinion that the people of Lower Andromache VI, land of the roach folks, have been living amongst us for some time now. We don't know that they are here because they wear and operate robotic human suits, much like the Arkellian's did in the first Men in Black movie. However, the robots are not as perfectly, fluidly expressive as normal people, and their movements can be jerky, half-kiltered, or just. . . off, ya'know, so it's possible with a good eye to recognize some of them. I believe that I've located two so far on TV.

One is the president of the Art Instructions Schools, the guy who tells you to take the free art test. Unfortunately, the only video I found just has still shots of him, so it doesn't carry thru completely, but you may recognize him, so watch for him the next time he's on TV.

The other, as I'm sure many of you have guessed already, is that Spangles lady.

So, due to this serious breach in our earth-security, if anyone has spotted an Andromache Roach Person, please bring it to the boards attention.

trinity 8 years, 9 months ago

lmbo, ohhhhhhh jonas-i promise i WILL be on the lookout! ;)

Grundoon Luna 8 years, 9 months ago

YES, YES!!! I miss snow terribly this time of year. Like Sublime, I want it in abundance when it does snow otherwise it might as well be warm. As a Chicagoan, I was well accustomed to good snow falls and neary always having a white Yule - but I think global warming is getting them too now. Last year in the mountains of New Hampshire there was a ton of snow and I LOVED IT!!! sigh I guess I must wait until I go back next year to enjoy that again.

Aileen Dingus 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm with Sublime and Azure. Give me a REAL snowfall and I'm happy. Don't tease me with flurries and dustings. If you're going to snow, SNOW.

Linda Aikins 8 years, 9 months ago

I loves me some big deep snow.

Jonas, do these ARPs ever disguse themselves as nail salon workers?

sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

TOB, I think you're exactly right about George Stephawhowhatwhere. I always thought there was something odd about him.

JoRight 8 years, 9 months ago

Jonas -

"Shpangles, it jusht tashtes better" "You can have the flavor of great shteak and shteak shauce on a burger"

Linda Endicott 8 years, 9 months ago

I guess it would have been nice to have 2 or 3 inches of snow for Christmas, but really, if I want to see snow on Christmas I can pop a Christmas movie into the old DVD player...

Considering what Colorado is going through right now, no, I'm not disappointed that we won't get snow. I had enough snow last time, and I'm sure our snow isn't over for the winter.

Snow is always great if you don't have to get out and drive in it. But since I don't know anyone who is independently wealthy, we all have to get out in it to go to work, and that sucks.

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Blue: I've never met Rundle, but I've met Boog and can be sure that he is not an ARP, if for no other reason than his legs would have been repairable if he were.

Gootsie: I can see where you're coming from, but the problem that I've ascertained from the most obviously problematic nail stylists is not that they have a ARP in their head, but that they don't have anything in their head, period.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 9 months ago

Every comment coming to my head this morning is destined to be "removed by site staff." Guess I need to stay mute today.

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

No no O-Bob, it's Bush's fault because he passed legislation that moved the earth a little closer to the sun, so Cheney's solar-power-cell implants (like HE'S going to rely on unstable middle eastern oil! HA!) would get the requisite energy to keep his life-support functions alive.

ms_canada 8 years, 9 months ago

Oh no, there you all go again with your weather ridiculosity. I am one of those people Marion mentioned; those living in places where people ought not to live. It always strikes me as so hilarious that you guys complain about a bit of snow. What on earth would you do if you lived here. I still have a huge wall of it beside my front drive. I only feel sorry for the poor rabbits. My good man feeds them but now a coyote has been making their little lives rather scary. We fear for them and keep watch

sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

Sue, I bet that comment doesn't get removed!

Hey, has your gear arrived yet?

ms_canada 8 years, 9 months ago

jonas - thanks for the enlightenment re the Bush legistation. I blame him for a lot of ills in this world, but was not aware that he is the cause of all the snow here. The only good thing a person can say about a lot of snow is that the shovelling exercise can be good for you if you take it slowly.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

TOB, here's a question: when Saddam goes out womanizing, does his old Minister of Information follow him?

sunflower_sue 8 years, 9 months ago

sgt, UPS called this morning and said that someone had to be here today to receive a pkg...anywhere from 8 am to 7 pm. Guess you all know where I'll be today! argh

Ms_C, I'd love to have tons of snow piled about. The way things are going, we're going to have bugs galore next summer. Winters here are just no fun, anymore! If we don't get enough inches, the human race will succumb to the roach people.

Now that I'm reminded it is the first day of winter, I have to call my sweet Momma and wish her a happy birthday!

Janet Lowther 8 years, 9 months ago

What's this deal with a white Christmas? I've lived in Lawrence since the early '60s, and there has been snow on Christmas on only a handfull of occasions.

If you want snow on Christmas you need to move somewhere much further north or at a much higher altitude. Think like Mane or "Minnesnowta" or Colorado. . .

I had over an inch of rain yesterday. If that had been snow it probably would have been deep enough to pile up in front of the car bumper. . .

I_Bejewel 8 years, 9 months ago

After a certain point in time, I've come to realize there are two things I cannot count on: 1) Snow in Kansas on Christmas Day. 2) The Chiefs making it to a a playoff game. And no, I'm not particularly sad or surprised about either one.

Linda Aikins 8 years, 9 months ago

Winters here are NOTHING like they were when I was a kid living in SW Kansas. TOB can testify to that. We'd have snow in November that stayed on the ground until March. It was deep too; we built snow forts with multiple rooms. Today's winters are a cakewalk.

beatrice 8 years, 9 months ago

sgt: Detroit gets dumped on in old tv shows because it is a bit like Cleveland -- but lacking that sparkle and glamour.

No snow here, just a tiny bit of rain that brought a halt to a college basketball game being played with the roof open in a retractable-roof stadium. Life in the desert.

ms_canada 8 years, 9 months ago

cheer up folks, I just heard on the news that the western storm is heading your way, so it may be a white Christmas for you. that would be nice. I have lived here since '54 and have only seen a green/brown Christmas a few times. Actually, I don't mind all the snow as long as it is not really cold, just like now, it is lovely and warm, around 0*Cel. 32F

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey, book VII is called "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows!" mwuahahahahahaha.


sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

Bea, Detroit should have been dumped on more recently. Some positive things are happening in the city now (some of the large abandoned buildings downtown are actually being restored), but it's been mostly negative for a long time. At least in the 70s we had organized crime going for us. After that, there wasn't much organized for a long time.

I really do mean it when I say some positive things are happening now. We'll see if it's a sustained trend.

TOB, it would be awesome to listen to the Minister of Information tell everyone how amazing Saddam is. I can't even imagine what he'd say.

Sue, have you charged the battery and tried out the gear yet? Oh, and which lens did you actually get?

SpeedRacer 8 years, 9 months ago

I had more white Christmas's growing up in Memphis than I've ever had here.

On another note, has anyone noticed that the kids don't seem to know any of the traditional Christmas carols or traditions? I fear that they will all disappear in another generation.

budwhysir 8 years, 9 months ago

I got to see plenty of snow on t.v. This time of year you can watch many shows on tv that have snow in them. This time of year is not good for snow because it does not cause school closings or work delays

EasilyAmused 8 years, 9 months ago

Considering how many people are driving to be with families, considering that I too will be driving, and considering how few people can actually drive well in inclement weather, I can handle a snowless Christmas.
However - I do love hooking a sled up to a three-wheeler (as there are no hills to slide down, this is an effective alternate mode of sledding)

jonas 8 years, 9 months ago

"Posted by SpeedRacer (anonymous) on December 21, 2006 at 12:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I had more white Christmas's growing up in Memphis than I've ever had here.

On another note, has anyone noticed that the kids don't seem to know any of the traditional Christmas carols or traditions? I fear that they will all disappear in another generation."

Let's get them immortalized in a Kidz Bop(tm) CD!!!

beatrice 8 years, 9 months ago

sgt, Detroit also has a fantastic art museum -- one of the best collections in the country.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 9 months ago

Very true, bea. I should also note that Detroit's Greektown (the original area, not the derivative casino) is also worth a visit. It's a relatively small area, but there are some fantastic restaurants. (Pizzapapalis makes some amazing pizza.) I was there on a Saturday evening a few weeks ago (before going to a Red Wings game, actually), and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were people there. It was nice to see.

I want to be positive about Detroit, but it's hard to break habits formed by years of watching a run-down city with lousy leadership. But having enjoyed a few visits to the city more recently, I will admit to having a few shreds of optimism.

Also, on another note, after the Wings game, a drunk fan told me I look just like Josh Blue, the comedian who won NBC's Last Comic Standing.

Linda Endicott 8 years, 9 months ago

Gootsie, the winters here (I live in Ottawa) used to be much different when I was a kid. Back then, it was nothing unusual to get a 4-6" snow, and then have another 4-6" snow come along before the first one had a chance to melt.

I remember many a year when there was snow on the ground practically all winter.

I don't remember how often in recent years we've had a white Christmas. I do remember that when my daughter was in kindergarden (1982) we had a white Christmas here.

We were also in the deep freeze. We had temps of zero or below for two weeks, and it snowed off and on the whole time. For those two weeks, the lowest I saw it get was 15 below, and the warmest it got during the day was 5.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 9 months ago

sgt, you're way better looking than Josh Blue...whoever he is!

budwhysir 8 years, 9 months ago

When I was a kid, I had to walk 4 miles to school when it snowed. I sometimes road a horse but that was alot of work to get him ready.

snowWI 8 years, 9 months ago

Winters are a joke around here in the "mid-south." In Kansas people think 0F is cold. Where I used to live in northern Wisconsin 0F was considered mild by winter standards. Some low temperatures in N Wisconsin would fall to -40 to -50F without the wind chill in the 1970s and 80s. I am sure the climate there has warmed up dramatically since then.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm always curious about the people that say things like: "In Kansas people think 0F is cold." Well, yes, I do think that 0F is cold. I also think that 100F is hot. But, living in the midwest, I know I will get both of those temperatures at some point during the year, and most likely accompanied with wind chill factors and/or humidity. It is what it is. Today, the weather outside was downright balmy...being the first day of winter, and all. If today were August, I would have said it was darn cold.

I do have to agree that winters in KS are a joke. I mean, we get 2 weeks of short-sleeves and then we have to don the parka, just to manage the wind that never seems to bring any of the beautiful white stuff. Then, a couple days later, it's bikini Friday again. Hillarious!

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 9 months ago

I am soooo glad that other people think that there is something seriously wrong with the Spangles lady! I do a pretty good impression of her that my two-year-old loves. However, I can't decide if the Spangles marketing department is really that dumb or if it is some brilliant marketing campaign on their part. I mean, people remember those commercials.

I really love snow, but I have to say, I'm really enjoying the Mediterranean winters that we have had in the last decade or so. It's almost like being in San Diego. If the powers that be are going to ignore global warming, we might as well benefit from it.

budwhysir 8 years, 9 months ago

Spangles lady?????????????? I thought this article was about snow in lawrence. Oh well seeing how we are side tracked, I like the burger king guy with the crown. He is cool

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