Disposable Camera Tour
First Snowfall of Y2K|
January 13, 2000
Read "The Locomotive and the Snow-flake"
Working hard in the SeacoastNH.com World Headquarters Corporate
Hideaway, we got a call to look out the window. Snow! The latest
arrival of snowfall in history (that we can remember anyway). It was
like Christmas, except that our credit cards are already maxed out.
Braving the first precipitation of winter, we left our 1756 office and
headed out for a sandwich in a skyless downtown Portsmouth.
Within minutes of the snowfall, NH citizens were already slipping on the
pavement and banging up their cars as if it was November. Turning onto
Congress Street, we noticed that Portsmouth's Finest were already out in
force and plowing the half inch of accumulated snow in order to reduce
the surplus of allocated tax dollars. A few years back during a deep
icy snow, one of these little plow units tipped over against the giant
plate glass window of our former office, just a few feet from here. The
driver was trapped inside, tilted at a 45 degree angle, pressed against
the glass and unable to get out. We had to shout to him through the
window while waiting for the Public Works crew to come rescue the
embarrassed guy, always fearing that the plow would come crashing
through into our office. Now our office is off the beaten path and has
no plate glass windows. Much better.
"Get in here!" shouts the ultra-famous Emilio, the one-man Italian
neighborhood and last remaining solo restaurateur in town (if you don't
count Frank at Savario's Pizza on State Street.) When business is slow
on Daniel Street, Emilio simply solicits customers off the street.
While hand-making Italian lunches Emilio regales his customers with
jokes that are often older than this historic city itself. "Where did
this white stuff come from?" he asks, "I didn't order any." Because he
is out of pasta fagioli, we are forced to select an Italian tuna
sandwich with potato kale soup. His slogan is "Every sandwich is an
Emilio in itself." We've been laughing at that one for almost 30 years
Heading back to work, slipping and cold. Must be a whole inch of that
stuff as the missing sun draws the color out of the historic Rockingham
Hotel. It will be dark soon, frigid and windy. Just a few days back it
was so warm that the New Year's ice sculpture melted. Brrr.. three more months to go. Maybe there is an up-side to this Global Warming thing.
Check today's weather with Ken Mitchell
See first snowfall in 1998
Photos and text by J. Dennis Robinson
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