Sorry about all the snow …

Dear Central New York Residents,

I would like to apologize for all of the snow that we have received over the past week. Its my fault. I jinxed us, and for that, I’m sorry.

It happened like this …

Photo by Carol Ledwith
Photo by Carol Ledwith

The setting: Beautiful 40°F day in the middle of December.
The location: My house, in Baldwinsville, NY.
The players: Sandra, Steve

Sandra: Wow, it is a beautiful day today!
Steve: No kidding… I can’t believe it is nearly 45 degrees outside right now! It’s the middle of December.
Steve: Ya know, all this warm weather and lack of snow, really makes me think we overpaid for the snow plow service this year. We should have gone for the pay-as-you-go plan.
Sandra: You realize you just jinxed us, right? We’re going to get so much snow now.
Steve: Nah! That won’t happen! Global warming means no more snow!

Fast forward to a few days ago: Snow. Snow. More snow.

The forecast, so far, for this week:

Weather forecast for the Syracuse area.
Weather forecast for the Syracuse area.

So to everyone, I’m sorry for the jinx. I didn’t mean it!

However, there is a bright side, and no, I don’t just mean the sun shining off of all the snow. The bright side is that there is great sledding, skiing, and snow boarding all around the area.

Edward building a snow hill
Edward building a snow hill

Speaking of someone that is enjoying the snow…

So its been twenty years …

cbeeI graduated from C.W. Baker High School in June of 1989. Last night, I gathered with a considerable number of my classmates for the first, of many, celebrations to commemorate that occasion.

While talking with so many people that I haven’t seen in a very long time, I got to wondering… What else has happened in the last twenty years.

Since we all graduated in 1989:

  • An earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 19 just before a World Series game.
  • Michael Milken pleads guilty to junk bond fraud-related charges.
  • The U.S. and its allies defeat Iraq in the Persian Gulf War I.
  • South Central Los Angeles is racked by riots after a jury acquits four white policemen in the beating of black motorist Rodney King.
  • Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton is elected president.
  • The Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas was raided and destroyed.
  • Whitewater, re-election, Monica, impeachment, hilarity, etc.
  • Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • The gloves did not fit – they did acquit.
  • Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta disrupted by a bombing.
  • Columbine
  • Gore vs. Bush vs. Hanging Chads
  • 9.11.2001
  • Enron
  • Persian Gulf War II
  • Sniper shootings in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • The space shuttle Columbia disaster.
  • Martha Stewart is convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  • Martha Stewart redecorates her prison cell.
  • Indian Ocean tsunami
  • The devastation of the Gulf Coast
  • The iPod
  • Obama

I’m sure there are more… in fact, I’m certain that I’ve left out a number of crucial events. If you have any that you think should be in the list, please speak up in the comments.

On a personal note, I’d like to add:

  • Found a wonderful woman
  • Convinced that woman to marry me
  • Had a son
  • Moved back to New York
  • Had a son
  • Celebrated ten wonderful years of marriage

Thanks again to everyone at the reunion event last night. It really was great to see all of you. It was more than a little strange to see so many faces, and not be able to remember the names.