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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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  1. Bam-Bam says:

    Acceptance of ‘the norm’ is one of the most fascinating points in human nature to me. I personally love the swings that weather can bring into the equation as well.

    Two true stories.

    1) While driving through Kentucky one afternoon I was pulled over by a State Trooper. “What the hell are you doing out here in this? Let me see your license Sir.” After passing over my D/L the response was hilarious. “Oh You’re Canadian. Sorry Mr. Bam.”
    All for three inches of fresh snow.

    2) While in Corpus Christi back in 19… 99? for business, a Hurricane named Bret was headed straight for town. As I panicked and called all of my family to say goodbye, three locals wanted to know if I was going to join them in some pool and beer at the pub.
    To them, Bret was just a baby.

    We are a funny bunch.

  2. betty says:

    This is full of nuggets that made me proud to call you “friend”. Ya know, those genius nuggets wedged into what could be a boring blog post about weather. Like when they put peanut butter in pretzels… nuggets THAT GOOD.

    “The road crews have enough salt for a medium-sized baked potato and the power lines couldn’t pull a good sized catfish out of the river.”

    “I’m pretty sure a 32oz. Jamba Juice spill on I-85 would put us out of commission until Monday.”

  3. KenP says:

    I love those tri-delts.
    I always will.
    Because a tri-delt always will.

    Damn, that takes me back…way back!!

  4. MGM says:

    And I always found winter weather responses in Southwest Missouri to be terribly laughable after growing up in Northern Iowa and then living in Northern Idaho a few years. As far as I see it, the “infastructure” is absolutely NOT prepared here in Southwest Missouri. In fact, it’s downright ridiculous the way everyone boards up their windows and stays indoors when a few flakes fall…and panic sets in. Not enough snowplows and no one here knows how to drive in a few flakes. I fear for my life when I get out in a few flakes around here, not because I’m afraid of the snow flakes, but because I’m afraid of the people flakes who don’t know how to drive in an inch of snow. Things didn’t shut down in Northern Iowa unless you couldn’t see your own hand in front of your face, and you didn’t think of holing up in your house …even if two feet of snow fell in 24 hours. Heck, that wasn’t even unusual. My family always found it completely inane at people’s response to winter weather here and how unprepared they are to manage a little snow. I respond like your wife if I happen to need a gallon of milk when a few flakes are falling. People rush to the stores and act as if the end of the world is nigh…everyone wants to be prepared for Armageddon with an extra gallon of milk and a loaf of bread and enough food to feed their family for the next month–despite the fact that even if (on the very off chance) we do get a decent snow fall, it nearly always melts within 24-72 hours when it hits 60 degrees again. And then, having survived a major winter “crisis,” everyone completely forgets that the world was going to end just two days earlier when a few flakes fell, and they break out the shorts and act like Spring has sprung. It’s just plain weird.

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