My First Love

It is kind of a toss up, but after this winter Tony says his first love is not snow, but Merritt!

Remembering My First Love

This year, spring break can’t come soon enough even for me, the consummate snow lover. As school superintendents work hard to get their sessions in, the reality is many spring flings will be cut short as snow days pile up.

Beverly Kingery, School Superintendent in Nicholas County, tells me her district has been out for 15 days this school year. Bev e-mailed me the enclosed e-picture of the mountain of snow outside the Panther Creek Elementary in Nettie WV. There snow is several feet deep and still coming down!

In the Nicholas high country snowfalls this season are now well over 100 inches and counting. 2010 has indeed been a winter to remember!

Meanwhile our latest First Warning Forecast is touting snow flurries at best (for most) with a dusting in spots thru midday Thursday but a few more inches in the high country around Nettie.

By this weekend, the daytime thaw-nighttime freeze cycle will add to our growing pothole worries. The melted daytime snow will sneak into road crevices and then expand at night when the freeze comes on. At this point only a light coating seems possible from a weak system passing thru late Saturday-Sunday.

But by next week we will be tracking still another SOUTHERN STORM with another several day period of accumulating snows probable. Details TBA!

That brings me to the thought of spring, which is now just 4 weeks away. When I think spring, I think of the 1960 hit movie “Where the Boys are” featuring the angelic voice of Connie Francis and my first ever love, the adorable Merritt Andrews played by Dolores Hart.

Merritt’s eyes were radiant and her smile disarming. My legs still turn to jelly when I think of her. In the movie, I vividly recall Merritt falling on the steps of her college (I believe at Marquette in the U.P. of Michigan) in the midst of a heavy snowstorm. “If I see one more flake of snow…”, Merritt chimed in as she prepared to head off to Fort Lauderdale to get away from the “Endless Winter”.

It’s a close call as to whether snow or Merritt was my true first love. But after this winter when every snowflake looks the same, I will take Merritt’s smile as my true love.

Here is a neat link to Merritt and Connie in the movie and here’s longing for the days when TV was fun to watch. Take that NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX!
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