By: Joe Mauricio
If you lived in Chicago or Midwest, or somewhere in the East Coast, and you have Facebook friends living in California, Texas, or Florida, life could really be so disparately incomparable. The National Weather Service maps would be showing sunny climes versus heavy snow forecasts. Even media outlets attempt to outdo each other in announcing or warning reports of “brace for the worse.” directed to the igloo residents.
Yes, whether we like it or not, we Chicagoans have been bracing the quite unusually cold fronts and endless snowfalls for about a month now, ranging from 4 to 10 inches of snow, causing damage on many trees and rooftops, and heavy amounts of snow hardening onto electrical power lines, too. Owning a house and snow shoveling the backyards and driveways almost everyday is another nightmarish thing.
Same thing goes to the owners of businesses with physical structures to clean up for the customers’ convenience, particularly the parking areas. Immediately, the city’s plow trucks and salt trucks are out on the roads, giving the taxpayers sighs of relief. Pretty soon, they can get things back to normal, despite hearing some gripes and complaints from some.
Regardless of how many inches of snow Chicago gets, I can proudly say that our place feels like Shangrila during winter. Walkways and parking lots are defi nitely clear of snow by the time we go out, and children are happily playing or toboganning in a small hill in the playground area of the Pavilion complex where we live. Besides all the fi ve huge buildings have interconneted walkways or hallways that there is no need to walk outside on the snow for gym, groceries, beauty parlor, swimming pool, spa, etc. Thanks to our Pavilion management and its diligent maintenance crew, whether it rains, snows, sleets, or sunny. So, I’d happily say, “Let it snow, let it snow,” as long as people from 2 to 80-plus are happy to enjoy the feel of coldness. After all it’s winter, let’s enjoy the snow! ##
Photos above show the lovely snowy scenes in our Pavilion paradise complex, as described by the author.