While we complain about the snow often here in New England, I think that we secretly like it for the following reasons:
7 Reasons Why Bostonians Secretly Like Blizzards
1) We get an outpouring of sympathy from around the world for the bad traffic, train delays, shoveling and the impending floods on the horizon. Being a city full of Gen Ys, we revel in the attention.
2) At the same time, we get to reject said sympathy and brag about how tough we are. I've heard all three of the following statements in the last two weeks – verbatim:
"I shoveled 10 tons of snow this afternoon. It's good exercise for the back".
"I went for my 11-mile marathon training run the morning of Juno. It was actually refreshing".
"I can't believe they canceled school for just a foot of snow. What a bunch of pansies!"
I'm not kidding. Verbatim.
3) There is a tacit understanding that Bostonians can save their street parking space with whatever piece of junk they happen to have lying around. If someone moves your chair/cone/walker and takes your space, you are entitled to slash their tires or, in Jamaica Plain, you just shovel the snow back onto the "thief's" car. Either way, there is some satisfaction to be had.
5) New micro economies are springing up. We are already taking bets on when the snow will melt and enterprising high school and college kids are using their youthful brawn to earn extra cash by charging local residents a hefty fee for shoveling out their cars.
7) It gives us something to talk about. Because, let's be honest, nothing else is happening here in February.
And with that, here are a few of my favorite neighborhood blizzard pics: