Last week , Denver had it’s first snowfall and The Denver Post polled its readers, asking ” It snowed for the first time yesterday . How do you feel about it ? ”
The following were the responses:
Great … 42 % Bad… 5%
Good … 11% Awful … 12%
Okay … 16%
Don’t care … 11%
Don’t know 2%
( These were the early numbers after 2045 responses and they have been rounded off tothe nearest integer).
In sum , 69 % of those responding were positive and only 17% negative . I can’t help thinking that if a similar poll were conducted in N.J , the figures would be the other way around; and that if the poll was in California , the responses would be even more negative.Here in New Jersey, we get about twelve to twenty snowfalls each winter , the majority of them 2 inches or less . Only two or three of them could be classified as heavy( 8 inches or more). I suppose we get enough snow that it is no longer a novelty but not so much that we are accustomed to it . We can live with it but we don’t particularly welcome it .Another reason why we feel that way is that most of us have sizeable commutes in heavy traffic ; snow makes driving to work more difficult, even hazardous.
The results of the Denver poll seem to indicate that Denver residents like, and even welcome, the snow . Is it perhaps that they are accustomed to it and that many of them are into winter sports ? I always wonder what it would be like to live in an area where it snows heavily . I suppose that the local snow removal crews are very efficient at clearing the snow and that local homeowners use snow blowers to clear their driveways but still it seems a grim prospect to someone who finds it a chore to shovel any more than 4 inches of snow . I don’t mind the cold weather and I love the change of seasons but I must admit that there are times in late January -early February when I find myself wishing that winter would end soon. When the skies are gray and it is freezing cold outside it’s easy to feel that way.