Things that can be carried on a bike (#612), some studs, and a couple other things...

So first of all before I say anything about the snow I have to say that my heart and prayers go out to those who may be still stranded, and especially to the families that have lost loved ones in this storm.

Though I have moved away a few times I have always found my way back to my hometown of Buffalo and have weathered many storms in my 53 years, including the Blizzard of '77 when I was a teenager. But this storm was different. The path it cut was more like a tornado snow storm, this is why people are referring to it as the "knife." It's path was somewhat narrow and direct. And the thunder and lightening it produced was really eerie. The media keeps saying that Buffalo is buried in snow but truth be told only one area of the city is actually buried (South Buffalo). From what I can tell most of the brunt of the storm hit south and east of the city. The most that we (most of the city) received was 10" or less. In some places it was just a dusting. But a few miles away the snow was and is life threatening (to date ten people have perished). Two of my sisters live east of the city where there is more than five feet of snow...not drifting because of the wind but just simply five feet deep of snow! (and I rarely use exclamation points.) There is no way to push it out of the way--because of it's mass--in the traditional snow plow way, it has to be scooped into trucks and hauled away.

My heart and prayers go out to those still stranded. And what is even more worrisome is that the temperatures are supposed to rise, which will cause flooding. And the weight of wet snow is also a concern for roofs collapsing (some have already collapsed, including that of a nursing home which resulted in two deaths) .

Pictured above is my bike as I went grocery shopping last evening; I had just put on the steel studded snow tires. But it seems too trite to even talk about this with the devastation happening just a few miles from where I type these words. If you believe in prayer I ask you to pray for the people south and east of this city, and if you don't please just send kind and healing thoughts (which of course is a type of prayer in itself).

Peace, and thank you.

Urban Simplicity.


I don't know why this was so poorly reported by the Buffalo press and the press in nearby southern Ontario (which includes the GTA, where the anglophone "National" news is concentrated). All the serious reports seemed to come from south Buffalo or southern suburbs (where I've never been in my life; my familiarity with your fair city relates more to its university campuses in the north and west).

It is terribly sad about the people that died; even being "hooked in" can't save everyone.

Don't feel your studded tires are trite; they can be a low-tech means of helping others in such an emergency. A cargo bike is a sturdy little steed, and it doesn't require either food or fuel (except for some good cooking and a modicum of vino - consumed after one's safe return, of course.

I remember our great ice storm (Western Québec, Eastern Ontario, and a bit of northern New York State and New England). We had set up a refuge at a community centre I belong to (Centre Lajeunesse) and it was also important to go around seeing that people (and their pets)
were ok.

The name of this storm was even more strangely generalizing: as of course it affected a very small part of North America from Ellesmere Island to Chiapas. It was a very specific swath of eastern Ontario, southwestern Québec, and areas of the extreme northeast of the US from northern tier NY to Maine. (The French article is better and has a more specific title).

Joe George said…
Thanks Maria, And yes it is said that even being connected people still perished...the one guy was in communication with hi wife and parents while stuck in a car. And I remember hearing about that ice storm. The weather can really be something. It makes me remember that I am not in control of anything. Buffalo, being prone to lake effect storms, has bad ones every few years (and with climate change they are said to get worse). Similar to the Ontario Ice Storm, this one hit us by surprise and really early in the season...