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This column by Richard K. Rein was prepared for the January 10,
2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Between the Lines: Snow
How much of your life have you spent recently talking
about the snow? We don’t mean shoveling snow, or putting ice-melter
down on sidewalks, or cleaning snow off of car windows. We are just
talking about the talk — the endless, mindless, numbing office
chit-chat about snow and whether or not it’s coming, and if so how
much of it will accumulate.
Here at U.S. 1 our senior management prefers to walk the walk in the
face of snow emergencies rather than talking the talk. Years ago when
12 inches or so fell on Princeton a young writer made the mistake
of calling our boss at home, informing him that he had walked to the
end of his driveway, observed that the road was clogged with snow
in either direction, and announcing he would be unable to come to
work. The boss sounded astonished as he asked the question: "You
were actually able to walk to the end of the driveway?"
said the writer. "Well then walk to the end of the driveway again
in 10 minutes and I’ll pick you up and take you to work." And
Back in the blizzard of January, 1996, when Nassau Street was closed
to traffic and no one even ventured onto Route 1, our boss headed
off for the office and his date with a deadline. He had to shovel
his way through the intersection of Route 1 and Alexander Road, and
made it as far as Alexander and Roszel, where the good people at the
Carnegie Cat Clinic allowed him to park his car. He walked to work
And so when this last snowstorm descended, on Saturday, December 30,
U.S. 1 photographer Craig Terry didn’t consider canceling his
He left Vineland early, arrived a little late in Princeton, and then
proceeded with our boss to the heart of Trenton, where they
the reenactment of the Battle of Trenton. Was Route 1 dangerous in
the middle of that blizzard? We would have to say no — and if
you got in an accident, you would have had only yourself to blame.
There were few other cars to cause you problems.
In the event of some snowfall occurring during the business day, we
offer this advice: When snow falls do not be the first person out
of the office and on the way home. Two reasons:
have had a chance to do their job.
other panicky drivers who by their own admission are lousy at driving
in the snow. And that is the scariest snow talk of all.
I would like to congratulate you for the fabulous
you wrote about Kids-for-Kids (U.S. 1, December 20). Did you know
that this is the first article or bit of publicity that has ever been
written about us without a single error? We (myself, my family, and
the rest of Kids-for-Kids) are grateful for your kind words.
Also we are already getting a good response to it: we already have
two new members who wanted to participate after they read your
Kids-for-Kids of New Jersey Inc.
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