How To Tell If A Person Is From the South

January 22, 2014 — 29 Comments

You can tell a person lives in the South when they take pictures of . . . . 

snow! 

It’s true. When snow pays a visit to our southern town by the sea—well, it’s a pretty big deal. 

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And may I just say that although so many of us get to hunker down and enjoy the beauty of the snow from the warmth of our homes and/or offices, I want to say thank you to those who don’t have that option.

Law enforcement personnel, medical folks, power company workers, in addition to many others–please know how much you are appreciated by those of us who have the privilege of closing the door on the storm, putting on slippers and pouring a second cup of tea.  

 For your diligence and for your hard work–we are grateful.

29 responses to How To Tell If A Person Is From the South

  1. Our big snow storm here in Atlanta made national news! We had the great SNOWJAM 2014! Right now we are getting ready for round two of winter weather!

  2. Haha very true…I’m from the south and when it snows…everyone freaks out!

  3. Brooke Robertshaw January 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Becky – your pictures are similar to the ones I took on the Oregon coast when it snowed. Everyone thinks “yeah! It snows in Oregon.” When, in fact, it rarely does in Western Oregon, and very western Oregon it really does not. Oh, and despite the warnings NOT to go out when it did snow, I did. :)

    • Brooke,

      I guess I’d never even thought about whether or not it snowed in Oregon; I think I assumed that it did. Glad you got some snow and glad you ignored the warnings and went out and enjoyed it! :-)

  4. That is cute! I’m in Nova Scotia and we had a “blizzard” the other day. But I still take pictures of the snow and I am use to it! I love the snow and can’t wait to get out snowshoeing. We probably have a few feet of snow. I’m not sure if it has been snowing constantly for the last 3 days, but it feels like it when every time I look out the window it is snowing. A variety from light to heavy snow, but still constant snow non the less.

    Enjoy!

    • Jackmans Journey,

      I’ve always thought it would be fun to snowshoe but have never tried it. Much less terrifying than snow skiing but you’re still out there, enjoying the view and getting some exercise. Can’t picture a “few feet of snow.” You guys are TOUGH up there. Glad you love snow!

  5. Jan,

    Something tells me that you and your Ohio compatriots are less than thrilled about being record breakers in this particular category. I’m jealous of you all getting to watch it come down (nothing more beautiful) but not so jealous about you dealing with it after it arrives. Think Spring!

    • Retirement sure trumps worrying about getting to work, one advantage I hadn’t considered before! So I do get to sit and watch it come down before venturing out to shovel and salt AGAIN. I think we are just spoiled because the last couple of winters were milder and drier.

  6. You had me smiling at your post. We call that a skiff of snow up here in northern MN. Today we had a few more inches of fresh snow that was blowing around on the 15-27 mph “breeze” ha! Blizzard warnings to the west and north of us and advisories for us, but school and all activities went on as normal. But, I am so pleased you did get a dusting of snow to photograph and enjoy :-) Your poor pup probably didn’t want to go out to do his duty I bet..LOL

    • Wendy,

      A skiff of snow? That’s a new word for me!

      I thought it was funny that the night before our “big snow,” weather.com it said that we would be having blizzard conditions. The wind did gust to over 40 mph a few times overnight, but 3/4 of an inch of snow does not QUITE equal a blizzard! Oh well. It was exciting to at least hear that word around here! :-)

  7. i just learned this morning “how to tell if the school superintendent is from the south”…
    apparently the boss of my school district is from Florida, and we’ve had at least two snow days that compare to Manteo’s snowfall. so, the four day weekend in February will now be just two days, and the other two will be make up days. ugh for folks who planned vacations.

    • Mrs. Pam,

      That’s funny about telling if the superintendent is from the south! :-)

      We are making up our two snow days at the end of the school year; I can only imagine how frustrating it is for people in your area who had already planned a four day vacation.

      I would NOT want the job of being superintendent and making those decisions!

  8. 70 degrees and over here in the Calif. Bay Area today. Downside is we haven’t had any rain at all most of Dec. and ALL of January. It’s getting scary! Every day it is sunny and warm-ish. I’ll never say rain is depressing again!

    • Jojy,

      Isn’t that funny how everything is relative?

      Those people who (for good reason) are sick of so much snow don’t usually think about those of you living in a sunny spot who aren’t getting enough rain. You’re right–rain is NOT depressing! It is live giving!

  9. I’m glad you can see the beauty in snow! Here in Central NY we have had over a foot about 4 times already this winter. Today we did have a 2 hr delay of school because of -25 degree temps. Wish I was a southerner…..at least for the winters!

    • Michelle,

      I think that after getting a foot of snow four times, I would be a lot less enthralled with that white stuff!

      And you guys are TOUGH–only a 2-hour delay at 25 degrees below? Oh. My.

  10. I had to laugh just a little bit – a snow day from what appears to be, a little dusting of snow :) I give everyone a hard time about ‘snow days’ our schools dont shut down for much of anything here. Stay safe out there!

    • CJ,

      Yep, guilty as charged. Our southern towns will grind to a halt if there is even a rumor of a descending snowflake! :-) I guess the main concern is that since no one knows how to drive in it, it’s just safer to keep everyone at home. You guys in snow country have my fullest admiration!

  11. Took me an hour to get to work in St. Louis yesterday after another round of snow and freezing temps and gusty winds. I am so thankful for those that have to get out in the thick of it and try and make it safe for all of us who have to try and travel. Also, when it is at the all time worse, and those truly essential people risk it all – that does make you stop and think and be grateful. However, it kind of made me chuckle to see the depth of the snow that shut Manteo down. I know, I know, it is all about location, location, location and what you are accustomed to so no more laughing. I am a little concerned, however, because there are reports that February is to be worse than January. I don’t seriously know if I can tolerate that or survive to the spring thaw! I enjoy your seaside photos so much more! Just saying……(smile)

    • Mary,

      We are so very spoiled here; very little shoveling or salting or windshield scraping going on. When we DO have to do any of those things it’s sort of exciting like, “Guess what? I had to put some salt on my front steps this morning!”

      For you guys up there having to deal with it every single day is simply amazing to me. (Even though I grew up in Wisconsin, I tend to forget the “dailyness” of what it’s like.)

      When spring hits St. Louis this year, I predict there will be dancing in the streets. (Or at least dancing on YOUR street!) :-)

  12. I agree. Took pics with iPhone and two cameras. Went from door to door to door (3) last night and again this morning. So pretty.

  13. I have to laugh when I see what takes down Manteo! Yesterday we had 6 inches of snow & nothing was plowed, even on my way home from the doctor @ 8am! I made a turn @ 5mph (is it possible to make a turn any slower) & entered the parking lot sideways! And, none of the schools were closed! :0) In fact, it takes @ least 12 inches to ‘maybe’ close our schools! It was a miracle that things closed down a few weeks ago when it was -55 (-18 w/ out the windchill)!

    Stay safe & enjoy the day off! Hope you’re feeling better!

    Hugs, Jodi

    PS. Did you happen to see Justin’s cb page? :0( Devastating!!!!

    • Jodi,

      Yes, if I were driving in the ice and snow, I would be right there with you, taking corners at 5 mph or less. I can’t imagine schools staying open in those conditions–those bus drivers must be some absolutely amazing people!

      Yes, I did see Justin’s CB page. Happy he’s finally completely healthy; so sad for his family.

  14. In Ohio we have now broken the all-time record for January: Over thirty inches with 2-6″ more expected by this weekend. Enjoy the contrast :-)

  15. Thank you for the smile!! In Nebraska that is nothing! :)

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