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  • Annie Dear: Advice of the 'now why didn't I think of that' kind

  • Now I know by the time you read this, with any luck our latest snowmageddon will be over, but I suspect with the amount of snow we’ve had and what is going to hit us today, we’re likely to have a large quantity of white stuff on the ground till, oh, I think about August.

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  • Now I know by the time you read this, with any luck our latest snowmageddon will be over, but I suspect with the amount of snow we’ve had and what is going to hit us today, we’re likely to have a large quantity of white stuff on the ground till, oh, I think about August.
    As a relative newcomer to this country, I would like to point out what I consider falls under the category of “the bleedin’ obvious”, but which seems to have slipped the minds of many of the natives around here. In fact, I think my list is so comprehensive, I would like to see my Snow Tips light up on the Scout boards across the city.
    1. Just because it is (insert day of the week), and you like to follow your routine with robotic faithfulness, don’t leave you grocery shopping to that particular day if there is a foot of snow pelting out of the sky. Last week a dear l-o-l (little old lady), proudly bearing her 85 years, got stuck as it relentlessly snowed, no doubt telling the no doubt frozen and somewhat peeved rescuers that she always did her grocery shopping on Thursdays. With a little forethought and the occasional glance at weather forecast, you can plan to stock up actually prior to the snow event.
    2. Employers – I implore you to realize that although you would like to goad your staff into working 24/7 for you, that it is better to lose an employee for a day or so, rather than have them end up in a nasty prang and have to do without them for weeks – or worse. Employees – is it really worth risking your life to get to work to add that column of figures, type that letter or whatever? Take a PTO day, stay in your jammies, and go back to work knowing you didn’t have to take three hours to do it, nor put anyone at risk.
    3. Just because you have a four-wheel drive vehicle doesn’t mean that you can drive at or above the speed limit. Neither does it give you leave to drive so close to the car in front that you can read the label on the gum wrapper left in the glove box. You may feel totally in control, but believe me that guy in front doesn’t know this and when he goes into a slide or throws out the anchors, he’s not feeling all warm and fuzzy that you feel you know what you’re doing. Believe me, at 60 mph, you don’t.
    4. Lastly give a big cheer and a hearty thanks to the emergency workers who do brave the elements, who have to get to work if only to save you from yourself.
    Be safe, dear readers – a little common sense goes a long way.
    Page 2 of 2 - Annie Dear lives in Lee's Summit. You can reach her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.
     

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