I have a lot of pictures today!!
|It's the combination of snow and ice that makes things more difficult.|
|picture is courtesy of KansasCity.com|
When the city advisories said "STAY OFF THE ROADS", I don't think they meant driving off of them.
Last week, I wrote about the first wave of the snowstorm that blew through here on Thursday. With that storm most of the KC got between 10-16 inches of snow. Comparatively speaking that amount of snow isn't all that bad. I guess, you might disagree if you live in Phoenix or Orlando. Here in Kansas City that amount isn't unheard of but is a bit unusual. The upside to the snow...is that it is a lot of fun for the kids (the word "kid" here isn't defined by age) that came out in droves to play. I was going to post a picture of all the people on one of the local sledding hills. but after arriving, I couldn't find a parking spot. The hill was covered with all manner of people with sleds, toboggans, even sheets of plastic to slide around on this wintery slide. SPOILER ALERT!!! Just so you get to see some sledding pictures, I have added some to the bottom of the post.
ANYWHO... as I was saying.........That was last Thursday......and the snow wasn't done with us. After a couple of days of milder weather, round two came through. Tuesday of this week a second snow storm moved into the area clogging up the already snow packed roads. That brings me to a story that is a story about people being generous and kind. Really?? LOOK AT ME WRITING A FRIDAY NEWS STORY THAT IS ABOUT NICE PEOPLE.
Miracle of 74th Street
Emergency crews were called to a south side Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday where a resident had collapsed of an apparent heart attack while trying to shovel out the snow from his drive. Unfortunately, when the ambulance tried to enter the unplowed street, it became stuck.
|Now that is what you call GOOD NEIGHBORS.|
Later a statement was issued by Battalion Chief James Garrett. "Truly those neighbors helped save his life. It's a great story of people helping people."
That is just downright neighborly. Doesn't human kindness just warm your heart.
The Plaza Fire
Now I have probably confused you because I was talking about "feel good" stories. Yes, I still am heading toward a nice story.
You may of heard about the unfortunate explosion on our lovely Kansas City Country Club Plaza. (Relax..this isn't the nice part yet.)
|JJs Restaurant prior to the blast|
On February 19th a construction crew hit a gas leak causing a massive explosion leveling JJ's, a local restaurant that has been part of the Country Club Plaza for 28 years. Again...not the nice part.
Here is the part that is the nice part. The community has pulled together to help the JJs employees sustain themselves until their restaurant is rebuilt or whatever is to be decided about the future of the destroyed restaurant.
One of the other local restaurants, Jaspers, got the ball rolling by all of their staff giving up shifts so that the JJs employees could keep working. Then other restaurants followed. A number of restaurants are absorbing the displaced workers. Also, there are over 100 other restaurants that are donating 10 percent of their profits to help fund the JJs Employee Assistance Fund. Still others are putting together fundraisers to cover the needs of the 15 that were injured and help the family of the one fatality. The fund will cover living expenses, medical insurance and other costs associated with the staff's needs during the process of rebuilding. According to a press release, all the displaced employees will continue to draw paychecks.
I love when a community helps their own in times of need.
Can You Bear It?
I am a big supporter of the local zoo. Yep, I LOVE the Kansas City Zoo. As as a card carrying member of the "Friends of the KC Zoo", I am thinking our new Polar Bear is quite cute. So today, I would like to introduce you to Berlin.
|Such a lady|
|Right now, Nikita is protecting his balls. If Berlin handles herself right, she will get them.|
I think the zoo is hoping that Berlin the Polar Bear is a cougar. (she is older than Nikita) It would be a nice addition to the zoo to have some baby bears.
Bear with Me
While I try to contain myself, and not post a ton of pictures of my grandboys...because people tend to get annoyed with too much of that sort of thing. I just can't resist a couple of these.
|Big brother is holding on tight to little brother.|
|I'm two and I'm cool which makes big brother laugh.|
|Pulling someone up the hill is waaayyy harder than sliding down the hill.|