S'no fun anymore: Winter of discontent for Fairfielders
Exactly one month into winter and once again residents were waking up to more snow Friday. And even more is in the forecast for this week.
Suffice it say, some are becoming "snow tired." Even school kids.
"I have three boys," Cheryl Hawthorne said as she made her way into the Pantry on the Post Road to pick up groceries. "Not one of them wanted school canceled this morning; they wanted a delay, but they didn't want it canceled." They didn't get their wish as snow day No. 3 was called. "I'm ready to get them back in school," Hawthorne said. "I'm tired of the snow. I like it up in Vermont but I don't like it down here. It just makes everything too difficult."
Courtney Lambert was enjoying lunch at Chef's Table after putting a down payment on a house in town Friday. She had the time because as a second-grade teacher at Samuel Staples School in Easton, Lambert had another unscheduled day off.
"This is like our fourth or fifth snow day already," Lambert said, "and we'll be making them up in June, so I've had enough." The snowstorms that have put a dent in the school calendar have wreaked havoc with lesson planning, she said. "It's hard to plan because you never know when you're not going to have school," Lambert said. "And for the most part, I think even the kids are sick of snow days. One of my students told me it was too deep to go sledding."
For some, the stormy winter evokes memories of 1995, when it seemed cleanup from one storm was barely finished when another hit.
Weather patterns, whether good or bad, he said, usually last for six weeks because they are dictated by the jet stream. "Based on the six-week pattern, if it holds true, we have about two more weeks," Jacquemin said.
And in case you're wondering, "We will be setting all-time snowfall records for January statewide," he said. "If we haven't already, we will when the next storm snows on us."
Four-year-old Connor Towle and his 2-year-old sister Addison were munching on some chocolate chip cookies at Chef's Table. While Connor likes all the snow --"We get to build snow banks and have snowball fights" -- it appears his mom, Jennifer, has had her fill.
"I think it's difficult with two little ones to constantly figure out alternatives to school after so many snow days," Towle said. "We try to be creative, making art projects and cookies and chocolate milk, but at the end of the day I'm ready for it to end."
Inside Beach Bum Tanning on the Post Road, Lindsay Marquis doesn't hold back. "I hate it," she said. "I'm over it." An employee at the salon, Marquis spends plenty of time in the tanning beds this time of year. "It's pretty much all I can do," she said. "I definitely can't be outside." Marquis said business really starts to pick up during the winter months, perhaps with clients dreaming of warmer climes.
Down the street at Media Wave, Drew Taylor echoes Marquis' sentiments. "I'm done with it, I'm through," the Texas native said. "It's too much already. I feel that we've had our quota." After growing up in Texas, Taylor said, initially snowstorms were exciting. "Now, it's tedium and hardship," he said. "It was a lot more fun when I didn't have to go to work."
But Taylor has a special weapon in fighting the wintertime blues and dealing with the onslaught of snow. "I'm going on a cruise in a couple of weeks," he said, leaving for the Caribbean from Puerto Rico for a week. "That'll be a real time to zone out."
Not everyone has a problem with the snow that has been piling up. Count "Life is Good" manager Jenny Franks among winter's supporters. "I personally don't mind the snow," she said, "I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and she loves playing in it." What also makes it easier for her, Franks said, is that she relies on public transportation and doesn't have to deal with shoveling out a car.
The day of a storm, business in the store is slow. "But after a few days, people have cabin fever so bad they come in in droves," Franks said.
And the popular choice for those "fever" driven shoppers? A Life is Good T-shirt sporting a beach chair under an umbrella.