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50 Responses to:
ONE TIME IN A BLIZZARD
# 1. 8/15/12 8:07 AM by Matt - Rochester, NY
Tell us the one about Paul Bunyan and his blue ox now pa....pleeeeeease??????
# 2. 8/15/12 8:12 AM
Beautiful writing...your words brought me back to a time in my life when I lived in Rochester, NY so I know the blizzards you are writing about in the article. We all go through the storms of life and somehow most of us make it. Our character is changed and we are stronger. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.
# 3. 8/15/12 8:16 AM
We are all victims of a hideous scam perpetrated on those voters who in their naivete and misguided idealism acted with too much haste and not enough intelligent wisdom.
That scam is called Obama-Biden. Two of the biggest vote-whores ever to walk this good Earth and our beloved country.
They continue their perverted pursuit of the attempted destruction of America.
But now we have a choice. It is a choice to elect a true, God-given brain trust.
Let's just hope we don't blow it this time around.
We can be unshackled from the chains of socialist ignorance and ill-perceived expediency.
Obama-Biden is the worst thing to ever happen to me. That is what should be in today's poll. And you would see an overwhelming preponderance of votes that confirm that perception.
# 4. 8/15/12 8:27 AM by Fly
Kodak is the second worst thing to happen to me, after Obama-Biden.
After years of raping and molesting their best and most loyal customers and vendors, now comes their payback.
Their patent portfolio bids have attracted just a tad over $500 million.
So, later this week, they will deceivingly report that their auction has drawn "between 500 million and 1 billion dollars".
Gee, $2 is between $1 and a billion dollars too.
Antonio Perez is a whore and along with Kodak, he too will soon disappear from the Rochester landscape for good...
# 5. 8/15/12 8:30 AM
WE ARE FREAKING TOUGH HERE IN NEW YORK!! I'm over, and I can still take.....out the garbage, and walk to the store!
I'm over 50, and I can still remember snowstorm stories!
Of walking up the hill in a -10 degree snowstorm, BACKWARDS!, TO SCHOOL, each morning! for about 20-25 minutes each way!
Of breaking down at the Canadian Border to Niagra Falls area, and getting the "OK" to take my car battery out of my 1970 350 Nova, and walking it down the road into USA, to a Service Station to have it charged up, then walking back to Canada, and reinstalling it!!!!, in a snowstorm.
Then having it die again on the NYS Thruway, and finding that if I turned my lights off, the car would still run along at 45-50 mph! "drafting" a SEMI truck for about 30 miles coming back to Rochester!
So many stories..
# 6. 8/15/12 8:42 AM by little john - Mt.Morris,N.Y.
I enjoyed this column. Some I've seen; some I haven't, but the end was worth the struggle...
# 7. 8/15/12 8:52 AM
Did you follow the advice of your boss and seek professional mental health help?
# 8. 8/15/12 8:55 AM by DD
Any fool with a few working brain cells knows that if you're not a cop, EMT or other emergency personnel, you stay off the roads during a blizzard of that magnitude. Apparently your job and your ego are more important to you than your family, who could have easily lost you that day. I'm sure your employer carried on just fine during those five hours you were absent. Next time be a real man and stay home. The vehicle you abandoned after getting stuck in the snow provided a nice barricade for any ambulance, fire engine, police cruiser and snow plow needing to get through.
# 9. 8/15/12 9:17 AM by Durwood - Canandaigua
What a dumb-ass stunt. You put your life at risk and the lives of other dumb-asses that may have been walking along the same stretch of highway. I remember that blizzard well. I also remember having to go to the scene of a highway fatality and transport the mangled remains of an elderly woman who put her car in the ditch, walked away looking for help only to step into the path of a semi. Hence the term mangled. By the way, her husband said she was feeling lucky and was headed to the Racino in Farmington. Guess she wasn't so lucky. They issue highway travel advisories for a reason!
# 10. 8/15/12 9:52 AM by Son of Liberty
Your stupidity is showing again. Most people with any degree of intelligence would have stayed home unless their work is emergency related. Having trouble getting out of your driveway should have been your first clue. What were you thinking?
# 11. 8/15/12 9:55 AM by Matt - Rochester NY
If you're talking about the day I think you are, it would have been 3/4/99, the first of two 24" inch blizzards two days apart. I got up at 5:30, saw blowing horizontal snow and the power out, and called in. Some days are just too dangerous to be out there and that was one of them. Simply not worth the risk of accident and/or injury.
# 12. 8/15/12 10:14 AM by Patrick - Syracuse, NY
Speaking of snow, I'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that this winter will make up for the dearth of snow we got last year. Better get that snow blower tuned up!
# 13. 8/15/12 10:15 AM by Mark
"And I may have to do it again. And so may you. There are storms scattered savagely through life, blowing and chilling and disrupting, and it falls to each of us to push through the best we can. "
This will be the start of you column if Obama wins the election.
# 14. 8/15/12 10:33 AM by Walt - Buford, WY
Dang, I was just regretting summer coming to an end. Now I'm dreading winter even more!
# 15. 8/15/12 10:34 AM by MJU
Too bad you are afraid to miss a day due to that extreme weather and see that there is something sick behind the racism that you deny you have. And the voice you hear may not be Jesus, his holiness, the Christ. why aren't you in counseling? are you beyond hope or would it be a waste of time because your message that you think you need to get out on the airwaves to risk your life for is not all that. In fact your message is lies that you pile on top of lies to try to hide the truth underneath it all.
# 16. 8/15/12 10:48 AM
Thoughtful column today, I liked it greatly. You are right, each of us are faced with storms that life throws at us; be it snow, loss of a family member, divorce, medical issue, or whatever. The key here is to persevere and drive forward.
# 17. 8/15/12 11:03 AM by Don - Fort Worth
Try driving 45 miles on your way from work during an ice storm. It took me five hours to get to my house that evening. 4 PM to 9 PM. This is the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
# 18. 8/15/12 1:13 PM by Chris - Scottsville, NY
Not sure what the good news is because I could not listen today...but congrats!
# 19. 8/15/12 1:17 PM by Rich - Penfield, NY
Did the lives of other people depend on you being at work that day?
No? Then that was an incredibly stupid and selfish thing to do. Make sure you thank the EMTs when they drag you ouf of the ditch the next time.
# 20. 8/15/12 2:01 PM
I don't dwell on negatives, but find that I have suffered through all four of your poll questions. I'm not sure how I have done it, but my God played a major role.
# 21. 8/15/12 2:59 PM
I'm just hoping this isn't the toughest challenge you've ever faced. Because this one was entirely voluntary - you wanted to be the the big hero on the radio. 'Twas vanity, pure and simple.
# 22. 8/15/12 4:25 PM
# 23. 8/15/12 5:45 PM by William
Obviously one of your wing-nuts!
Dave Mustaine -- the lead singer of Megadeth -- believes Barack Obama "staged" the massacre in Aurora, CO in a sick, twisted plot to pass a gun ban.
Mustaine made the comments on stage at an August 7 performance in Singapore ... when he told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president ... he's trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border ... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there ... and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."
He continued, "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Obviously, Mustaine is not an Obama fan ... and recently bashed the President during an interview with Alex Jones ... saying, "With all of the proof about his birth certificate being fake. And you see the signs in Kenya that say 'the birthplace of Barack Obama.' Hello?! C'mon, guys. How stupid are we right now?"
# 24. 8/15/12 7:38 PM by John - SLC
Not sure what crisis prompted this rerun (of a great column, worth re-reading).
Hope that if there is a crisis in the Lonsberry world, that your faith, hard work, sound judgment, and initiative will prevail.
Thoughts and prayers to those confronting difficult situations.
# 25. 8/15/12 8:27 PM by hc
Oh, I remember this column! Isn't this the one you posted after you came back to WHAM? Yeah, this was a good one. Good timing on the re-post, too!
We're walking through two blizzards right now, and it's the middle of August. Really bad, bad, stuff.
Snow's awful deep, and we are so, so weary. But I just read in one of my old journals this morning that victory comes when you are at the end, and you're at your most tired point. When you're too tired to come up with creative solutions and all you have the strength to do is to move forward, and that's about it. Kind of like a mile 23 for me in any given marathon.
I also read one of my favorite scriptures, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Lots of other verses, too. Lots and lots.
Stuff like that gets me though, puts vigor back in the marrow; and tells the demons to pick out their pigs and high-tail it to the water.
# 26. 8/15/12 11:51 PM by Galen - Rochester
A good story and a good message.
# 27. 8/16/12 5:45 AM by Number Six
Christmas in July and a blizzard in August? That's cool.
You always run this blizzard story out of the blue. Are you in trouble again? Did you pull another boner?
I've been waiting on this column for 3 days. You must know by now that my whole life revolves around this column. I am now stuck in neutral all because of you.
You are acting unmutual. You need to go to sensitivity training classes. Or maybe a corporate team-building seminar.
We'll fix you. And this time we will fix you for good.
You did not build FUBO or this column. Somebody else made it happen.
# 28. 8/16/12 6:07 AM
What is with this crap about the government buying all these bullets? Hollow point ones to boot. They say they just need them all for "target practice". But why the hollow points? Do they want to be sure they devastate the targets? Is there any difference in feel when you discharge a hollow point round?
There is speculation that the government expects civil unrest in the near future. It's been said that they are training employees at government offices to use firearms and hiring extra security guards like crazy.
What guns should the average American own to protect his family and property? I have none right now, and a carry permit would probably take over a year to get. I'm thinking about a carbine and a shotgun with rounds for home defense. What kind of scopes, if any?
# 29. 8/16/12 6:36 AM by Bill - Rochester NY
Soldiers, policemen, and firemen risk their lives and health for worthy causes all the time. On occasion, so do regular folks. Unless you've left something out, just getting to your job was not worth the risk. It's great that you were able to persevere in difficult circumstances, but it was foolish for you to be out there in the first place. Cost/benefit analysis is a conservative virtue; keep that in mind in the future.
Editor's Note: i'm an announcer at an emergency-broadcast station during an emergency
# 30. 8/16/12 7:20 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
I remember that, Bob. It was interesting to listen to your call-ins to WHAM and I could connect from the comfort of my "snow-day" at home. Connect, because I had done such self-motivated things and got the exile ration of just showing I could. Some were runs through blizzards (U or R to Chili jogging in the dark past stranded cars). And some thru steaming jungles of Okinawa and Panama. And some stretches of near-poverty, showing I could live on nearly nothing - in marginal comfort and safety. I still dream of those --- and savor the challenges.
# 31. 8/16/12 8:24 AM by GEORGE (THE OTHER ONE) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
Oh no. Not again? Whatever blizzard you are fighting through, remember you do have friends and not every challenge has to be met alone.
# 32. 8/16/12 8:28 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
Poag's Hole motorcycle hillclimb this Sun. Aug 19th outside Dansville, NY.
300 horspower nitro fired dirtbikes running the toughest hill in the country. Very few make it to the top.
Great fun for the whole family.
# 33. 8/16/12 8:52 AM by Marlene - Lima, NY
There are challenges in life we all have to face and then there is dumb. No job is worth taking an unnecessary risk of ending up dead. Especially a man who has as many children as you do depending on you for guidance and support. Honestly Bob, it's a radio job, your not a trauma surgeon.
# 34. 8/16/12 8:52 AM by Earl
Once I built a railroad, made it run, made it race against time. Once I built a railroad, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
# 35. 8/16/12 9:58 AM by NascarDad - Richmond, VA
I had to go listen to your show this AM to make sure you weren't "unhired".
# 36. 8/16/12 10:56 AM by Joe - Ocala, Florida
A good story. I can't imagine walking that far in the snow. I understand why you did though. I was caught in one of those storms coming the other way from a seminar at the RMSC to SUNY Geneseo with a visiting Prof. from Russia in my car. It was a harrowing trip to Geneseo and getting him settled in on Campus. Then I had to drive home to North Cohocton. It was a really horrible storm. Going over those hills between Geneseo and home seemed like it would never end. White everywhere, quiet and endless.
# 37. 8/16/12 12:20 PM by Lee K - Syracuse, NY
Maybe you could change your column headings from "Written on" to "Posted on"...
# 38. 8/16/12 1:58 PM
You are the only person I know of that got stuck in the same blizzard about 5 times...
# 39. 8/16/12 2:26 PM by Michelle Flaherty
I've never been stuck in a blizzard, but there was this one time, at band camp ...
# 40. 8/17/12 12:28 AM by jerry - geneseo
Nice column bob, glad to hear it for the tenth time. Could you please repost, and maybe talk on your show for four hours about how you saved the day on I-390 last winter. Please please please, I can't wait to hear all about it again.
# 41. 8/17/12 7:25 AM by Chaim Levine - ( I am Wease Levin's cousin!)n
My work is done - why wait?
Antonio Perez will read the eulogy and the late, great Eastman Kodak Company can now rest in pieces. Dan Carp and George Fisher will be pallbearers. And the twinkle in Kay Whitmore's eyes will be replaced by tears of sadness.
Well, at least they have a lot of patents. I hope they are not on paper as they will burn up in hell.
In Heaven there is no beer. And in hell there is no paper. They write everything on Nomex. Hell - the world's first paperless society. Kinda gives you an idea of which direction the world is heading.
I guess there are no Playboy or Penthouse mags there either.
# 42. 8/17/12 7:29 AM by Nanuck!
This blizzard is heading for it's fifth day.
Whadaya got a case of terminal writer's block or sumthin'?
# 43. 8/17/12 8:35 AM by Nostradumbass
Headline in not too distant future:
"Putin Assassin Member of Inner Circle"...
"I did it for the good of Mother Russia and the world!"
# 44. 8/17/12 8:40 AM
Obama wants to see Romney tax returns.
Romney wants to see true Obama birth certificate.
American voters want to see end to all the petty political bullshirt.
# 45. 8/17/12 10:01 AM by Ann - Texas
Why are the comments joy posting until 3-4 days after a column? Are you having server problems?
# 46. 8/17/12 10:59 AM
Not all storms include snow and cold...
Not all stories end well...
But we have to try, is that what you're saying?
# 47. 8/17/12 12:20 PM by Al - rochester
Made similar trips myself. Not quite so severe. You do what you have to for your family, your job.
# 48. 8/18/12 8:54 PM by Eli - Clarendon, NY
You commercialized bastard. I used to think you stood for things I believe in - only to find you are simply another media slut.
My FUBO sign will continue stand proud until the election.
Then I would stick it up your yahoo.
# 49. 8/19/12 9:32 PM
Very well written and a testament to your perserverence.
# 50. 8/20/12 7:18 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
I enjoyed reading the comments. Once again bimodal: Those who admire the efforts of one who is more prepared and hence likely to survive hardship...and then the whiners who are unprepared and incapable (through their own laziness) to survive a flat tire on a nice day. They're just jealous.
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