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Before You Complain About This Jersey Shore Heat…

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I am a huge fan of summer, but when we’re expecting temperatures close to 100, it’s tough to be optimistic about that. But before we get into full New Jersey ‘complain mode’, let’s consider some options.

 Imagine for a minute that you walk outside and you get smacked right in the face with a wind gust that hurts your face and makes it feel like minus 10 degrees. You try to take a step and you slide on a patch of ice and your pocketbook or briefcase lands in the 7 inches of snow that has already accumulated.

You then spend 10 frigid minutes cleaning the heavy wet snow off the top of your car. By the time you get in the car, your clothes are wet and your red hands are killing you. You are shivering so you blast the heat, but the car’s not warm yet, so you get cold air on your snow covered face.

You put on the radio, and Alan Kasper says it’s going to get worse before it gets better and Nancy Reamy says every road is backed up. You pull out of the driveway and spend the next 45 minutes riding next to people who are driving like they’ve never seen snow before. Your car is doing more sliding than driving and you can feel your teeth clenching and your knuckles hurting from squeezing the wheel.

Oh, by the way, have I mentioned the kids’ school has just changed the delayed opening to a closing? So now you have to figure out how to handle that. You’re almost at work (your 10 minute ride just took 45 minutes) and you don’t want to use the phone until your car is stopped. Then your phone buzzes as you pull into the parking lot. A text from the boss. The office is closed.

When you think about it that way, maybe 99 and sunny isn’t so bad after all. But we’ll complain anyway. It’s our job. We’re from New Jersey!

[Jersey's Point of Lou is a weekly column featuring the opinions of 94.3 The Point's Lou Russo sounding off about everything Jersey. Have a topic you'd like to see Lou talk about? Leave a comment below]


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