Again, upstate and central NY don't seem to matter. The freeze last night apparently will destroy a lot of the peaches, apples and pears the region produces, but in a list of states that includes practically every single state in the union north of Texas and East of Idaho except NY, the dire effects of trees budding too early have been detailed. A few years back, we had an ice storm that knocked power out for thousands. People had to move into motels, some for several months, to keep working at the base. The damage to trees and homes was awful. It was an ice storm the likes of which is not often seen anywhere on the planet. Not a word on the national news about inches deep ice. And it didn't thaw for weeks. A day or two after the event, NY City got a bunch of snow and they just couldn't talk about it enough. Basically, if it doesn't impact NY City, it didn't happen in NY. I'm pretty sure that if a terrorist attack wiped out a million people in Central NY it wouldn't be newsworthy.
Not really a rant, because it doesn't actually bother me at all. Not nearly as much as "soft spike" golf shoes. The people who thought those up deserve time in the Big House, along with the deadheads who made it illegal to tamp down spike marks. If it weren't for that stupid rule, without question the most ridiculous rule in the book, nobody would have ever even thought of them.