-- Millions Stuck Outside in Rain and Snow
By Michael Fjetland
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[January 31, 2008]
Imagine being stranded on vacation -- with over
a MILLION of other people, and all of you are stuck in the rain
because the trains and cars can't move because of snow. It makes the
cold snap in the U.S. Midwest look civilized in comparison.
More than 1 million. Over 180 million Chinese are trying to travel
over the Chinese New Year -- the only chance for some couples to see
each other in two to three years. Travelers were shown on TV last
night packed like sardines at train terminals, stuck in the rain
with only umbrellas for protection -- and nowhere to go. They have
to somehow stand in the cold and rain (or snow) for several more
days since there is "no room at the inn."
It's so bad that even
the Chinese premier, fearing chaos, showed up on a platform to
apologize in person. Riots have started breaking out. It's like half
of the U.S. population left out in the elements. The worst snow in
50 years has locked down the entire transport system at the worst
possible time, with millions of people trying to travel and caught
in the weather, with nothing moving and little shelter. For these
people, it's "the day the earth stood still." And it's expected to
last another three days.
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It makes our problems with gas prices, picking a president and
dealing with corrupt local officials look small in comparison! New
York City is reporting the first "no snow" January in 75 years! At
least we aren't standing for hours in the rain or snow with 100
million other people.
Personally, I will be braving the U.S. Midwest cold over the
weekend -- my surviving grandmother is turning 100 Feb. 1. It's not
every day that you turn 100, so the trip is worth the weather.
Yesterday I found out Granny has caught the flu, so who knows how
this will play out. The flu shot apparently hasn't covered a nasty
strain that came out of Australia.
It also happens to be "Buddy Holly weekend" (along with Chinese
New Year). Holly died near Clear Lake, Iowa, in a plane accident.
Costs a whole $5 to get in for the observance.
With the politicians gone, at least there are some rooms at the
nightmare in China)
[Text from file received from
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