Mar 16 2013

Kansas City Snow Update

For years I have publicly criticized Kansas City and Jackson County for doing a poor/inadequate/shoddy job of clearing snow from their streets and roads, especially when smaller and poorer Lafayette County could seem to get theirs cleared. I make no apologies for that.

However, when I went to work last Wednesday it was Lafayette whose roads were abominably snow-plowed and Jackson whose roads were cleared. Once I reached Independence, the roads were so clear that I-70 looked like it had recently gotten a bit of rain, and not several inches of snow. Awesome job guys.

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Feb 8 2010

What’s up?

Hey everybody, B here. Thanks to Mr. Poynter I’ll be using this space to let ya know what’s going on while I’m sailing the crystal waters of the Caribbean.

Enjoy the snow!

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Jan 17 2010

Snowy, blowy

In the book of The Princess Bride, the giant Fezzik attempts to overcome a moment of cognitive dissonance upon seeing the Man in Black leaving the cliffs where he had fought a duel with Inigo. Fezzik couldn’t explain to Vizzini (inconceivable!) the idea that Inigo could have ever been beaten, so he rationalizes something to the effect that Inigo, had not in fact, been beaten, but had beaten the Man in Black and then taken his opponent’s clothes and dressed up as him.

And gained 50 pounds.

Point is, I am still trying to figure out how Lafayette County can get the interstate clean just hours after a snow, but the larger, wealthier Jackson County cannot. It must not be that Jackson does a poor job, but it instead must be that both counties don’t receive equal amounts of snow, but Jackson actually receives approximately 65 times what Lafayette receives.

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Dec 24 2008

Snownami

n. An American portmanteau of the Old English word snow and the latter half of the Japanese word tsunami. Coined by my friend Chris, it describes a snowfall of epic proportions.

While it may be used literally (“Man, Nebraska just got hit with a snownami! They got eight feet of snow!”), it is more frequently used to humorously describe an tiny accumulation of snow. The primary  use is an amount purported to have been received by someone who is ditching work, but using the weather as his excuse.

“Where’s Jim?”
“He’s not coming in; North Kansas City got hit with a snownami.”

“Did you hear that Texas got hit with a snownami? Accumulations of up to a quarter of an inch.”

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Dec 16 2008

I Hate Jackson County, Missouri

Not all the time, just in the winter.

It baffles me how smaller, less populous, and far less wealthy counties can keep their roads clear but Jackson county cannot.

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