I’m beginning to see a pattern here

Published 3:33 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014

If it’s Tuesday, there must be snow, sleet, freezing rain or combinations thereof falling somewhere in eastern North Carolina.

I’ve heard about weather patterns, but I did not know that meant that for the past three Tuesdays some form of precipitation (usually frozen) would be in the forecast. As much as I love snow cream — those who know me best know I love my snow cream — enough already with the snow … and sleet … and freezing rain … and iced-over roads.

Professionally, I love covering severe weather events like the winter storms that have plowed through the area in the past several weeks. Personally, I’m starting to get cabin fever — if one can get cabin fever in a newsroom. I would take another trip to Florida, but freezing temperatures followed me there while I was visiting my hometown the third week in January.

Thank goodness the bad weather held off Tuesday morning. I was worried about Denise Dale, the town clerk for Washington Park. Tom Richter, the town’s mayor, called me just before he left for Florida to inform me she would be driving the town’s garbage truck Tuesday morning. He told me Brian Wood, the town’s public-works supervisor, was in the hospital suffering from the flu or some similar ailment. That meant he would not be able to drive the garbage truck, which makes rounds Tuesdays and Fridays.

So, if any of you readers saw a woman driving a garbage truck in Washington Park on Tuesday, you were not seeing things. It was just the town clerk going above and beyond the scope of her duties. Municipal clerks do that all the time. Just ask them.

And you school children who have learned that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, heed this: for every snow day away from school, there is an opposite and (not always) equal make-up day at school. If the kiddies have any more snow days, there likely will be some parents who will need several “snow days” to recover from their children’s snow days spent at home.

Winter is far from over. We may have more winter storms headed our way.

But with this pattern that seems to be developing, we will know to go get that bread, milk and other winter-storm staples on Monday nights.

While it’s snowing, pass the snow cream, please.

Mike Voss is the senior member of the newsroom at the Washington Daily News.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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