Friday’s Mental Massage

Hellstorm Carolina did not hit as hard as predicted. That left me with a mental cocktail of “Go figure” and “You’re fucking kidding me!” However, to those of you who teased me for fearing the worst (those of you in Missouri, Indiana, and Colorado), I think I failed to properly convey my point. As a native midwesterner, I know weather. I know ice. I went crazy with the ice. The thing is, up there, you only know it’s bad when nobody could drive or leave their homes. Here, it’s different. What happens 15 times a year in the midwest only happens once or twice a year in South Carolina. And when it does, people freak out. Yesterday was a lame weather system. I was able to leave my house in the middle of it and drive around town without sliding once. Still, all schools were closed, Chik-Fil-A was closed, and every parking lot was empty. It was a snowday for the community. So, yes, while I agree our weather here is lame, you should recognize that it’s all relative. Oh, and you should also recognize that the south is a very odd place.

Moving on…my wife didn’t find my Victory post nearly as funny as I did. She’s been sick, though, so her sense of humor may be a little off. Funny thing though. Last night, a CD didn’t start playing the moment she wanted it to. I swear to all that’s holy, she turned around and said, “The CD player is acting up.” Love you, baby.

As for my February goals, I made it through Day 1 (wow!) with no problems and in every way working toward a successful month. BadBlood is speculating on what I could be trying to achieve. He’s hit a couple pretty close.

Finally, to get you into the weekend, I’ll offer a little You Tube goodness. With a background in creative editing, etc, I know what the right music and cool edits can do to change direction of any piece of video. One of the best examples I’ve seen in a while is this.

Happy Groundhog Day, folks.


Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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3 Responses

  1. I get where you are coming from. I spent 9 months training at Sheppard AFB at North Texas. They drive like idiots in good weather. The norm is to floor it from red light to redlight with breaking getting used hard at the end.

    One weekend we had about an inch of snow. The 4 lane divided from the base to town is about a mile and change. There were at least 20 abandon cars in the ditches with one upside down.

    And a very Happy Candlemas Day to you too! Although Feb 2nd is only correct if you use the orthodox calendar. (Store that one for bar trivia.)

  2. Anonymous Otit says:

    It’s nice to hear someone from outside the South make the connection between how people react to “severe” weather and the frequency of same. I always feel sorry for the weather man, though, when “WINTER STORM ’07!!!!” turns into slush by noon. That’s got to be a big letdown to the Winter Storm Extreme Team.

  3. When Harry Met Sally Youtube clip was good, but not quite as good as Shining

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