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Rantings and Ravings


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

Snow, glorious snow! Seems like this year it is never going to quit. Here I sit again trying to write and it is snowing.

I just got back from cross country skiing and while out I stumbled across a murder up on Woodhill while I was there. The scene was gruesome. Evidence left all around, but no body in sight.

After careful examination using my best skills gleaned from years of watching CSI, I determined that Thumper was dead and Willey E. (coyote that is) was the most likely suspect.

My dog was a bit spooked as she sniffed around. I skied on as I realized that my tracks in the snow actually contributed to the event. Rabbits were using the tracks I broke in the deep snow to get around and the coyote waited in ambush in a spot where the tracks wove in and out of the junipers.

So even low impact activities like cross country skiing have an influence and impact on the land around us. Oh I know that rabbits get killed in areas where no man even ventures, but I sure made it a little easier for one to get nabbed.

It has been nice since the snow deepened, not to have vehicle tracks everywhere. But I do want to commend and say thanks to the many four wheeler owners who have taken the time to use their machines to plow and push snow for many of us.

Despite the cost of gas, many of these good samaritans have driven around checking on others and even plowing streets to keep cars moving. A good snow storm brings out the best in neighborhoods as we see many clearing their own walks and driveways and then going from neighbor to neighbor to take care of theirs.

Many times they do it and are gone before you can even know they are there and say thanks. The efforts of the many who take the time to clean the driveways and walks for those that can't do it themselves are more valuable that many can even express. It can make the difference in some cases between life and death.

For you who are checking on others, keep it up even after the snow quits falling. That may be the time they need help the most. Cold and even a small bit of ice may keep someone trapped inside their house. A quick call or knock on the door to see if they need anything may make a world of difference.

I know I have said these things before, but in our busy world we occasionally could use a reminder.

Also don't forget that the fire hydrants in your area need to be kept clear. There is no one coming around to do that so if you can be the one. The house you save could be your own.

So I hope we get a break from the snow for a week or so, so the road crews can catch up and I can get my focus back.

Wait a minute, there is another flake floating around.

Where are my skis?


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