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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Panic Day

Is Cincinnati unique in its fear of snow?

I spent last weekend in Colorado and drove through drifts on I-70 up through Rocky Mountain passes at 10,000 feet going about 50 MPH as truckers and other drivers whizzed past me. But around here a few snowflakes bring traffic to a standstill and two inches of snow can paralyze the region.

Any of this panic behavior familiar where you live?


at 2/6/07, 12:15 PM Blogger Kate Adams said...

I never listen to weather forecasts anymore - I just look at the local Kroger parking lot to see if I should batten down the hatches. (Yes, it was jammed at 10:00 this morning.)

And they close schools at the drop of a hat anymore. When I was a kid (in the 60s) the rule of thumb was "over six inches of snow or temperatures below -25 degrees or nuclear war". We're raising a generation of wimps.

at 2/6/07, 12:50 PM Blogger Jim in DC said...

We get the same panics here in DC. The grocery stores are sacked if snow is even forecast.

Regional driving habits (terrible) don't change with ice, though - we wind up with a lot of accidents and road closings.

at 2/6/07, 1:21 PM Anonymous Neil said...

Where I live we see the snow each 50 years, so that panic is not familiar around here.

By the way you have a fantastic blog and you are a great cartoonists.

Greetings from spain.

at 2/6/07, 1:57 PM Anonymous Chuckie G. is SD said...

Oh yes! People fear that which they do not know.

My girlfriend and I are both Cincinnati raised San Diego transplants. For whatever reason, what we in Cincinnati would blow off as a passing shower ends up being a fatal example of mother-nature's wrath out here. When it rains there are news reports of fatal accidents to and fro. We concluded that if Cincinnati saw the same level of fatalities every time it rained the city would cease to exist.

It's funny you asked, we were just talking about this on Sunday.

at 2/6/07, 2:20 PM Blogger W_wettengel said...

Lived in DC for 10 yrs and it was exactly the same there.

As for closing schools even if there is a dusting I am all for it! As a 37 yr old kid some of my best memories are of snow days (and the way it is going they might be a thing of the past in a few years!) and whenever possible I still take them. Ah-choo. I think I feel a snow day coming on now better call in sick!

at 2/6/07, 2:46 PM Blogger Mike Martins said...

Bring on the snow. When I first moved to Big Sky, Montana, we received 8 feet of snow in 7 days. Because we are a ski town, whenever the first flake falls, people go to the bars and start celebrating!

at 2/6/07, 7:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Cincy, and have spent the past three years in South Bend at school. Last Sunday, there was an accumulation of over a foot, but all the South Bend schools stayed open. However, they've been closed the past two days becuase with windchill its been below -30. However, the higherups at Notre Dame don't seem to think this warrants a day off... sigh...

at 2/6/07, 9:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think it was possible, but here in Nashville they are even worse than Cincinnatians when it comes to snow. Really!

at 2/6/07, 11:07 PM Anonymous tbenson of sioux falls said...

Mike Martins' post at 2:46 p.m. is an accurate account of snow in Montana. One time, I drove seven miles from my house to my high school in Bozeman, Mt. with snow banks piled on both sides of the road above my car. It was like driving in a white tunnel. In my three years in high school in Bozeman, school was only cancelled once because of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May of 1980. It was pitch-black dark at nine in the morning. Cars and buildings were covered in volcanic ash.

at 2/7/07, 2:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I find interesting is that any given weekend, you're in Colorado, California, etc.

It must be nice to be a rich cartoonist!!

at 2/7/07, 2:24 PM Anonymous Chuckie G. said...

Re: Anon 2:51.

On my goodness. Did someone just call attention to how another human being spends their leisure time? As I read it, the comment bordered on being bitter.

Heck, the man may eat ramen noodles for lunch everyday so he can save a few bucks to spend however he may choose. You have no idea.

It must be nice to be a rich cartoonist? Please. It must really suck to be sour about the success of others.

at 2/7/07, 5:20 PM Blogger Tiffany said...

similiar to what chuckie said... the great white death coming to ohio is really quite amusing as I grew up in cincy and learned how to drive in snow and ice. i thought cincy was a lot more hardy compared to where i live now, seattle, where people freak out at a dusting (granted, there are only two seasons out here - sunny and rainy). my boyfriend (who grew up in kansas and learned how to drive in it as well) and i both scoff at our native NW friends, who flip out. boy, the midwest has turned into a bunch of wimps...

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