At this pace, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. A new snow shovel. I wasn’t really expecting snow on Mother’s Day. Way back during the 1990s, I worked for a television station in Syracuse, New York. It snowed on Mother’s Day in 1996 and I’ve heard on one other occasion long after I left the area. I’ve always used it as a running joke about what a dreadful place it was to call home. What comes around goes around!
Mom Can’t Be Very Pleased
Yes, we need the moisture. But I’ll take rain any day in May over snow. The thing is, our wet and chilly spring hasn’t done much to break the drought. Though I’ve seen some data about the snowpack in the mountains and it’s very healthy. Some ranges have 145% of the normal pack. More days of rain in the valley also means the need for pivots is reduced, and with water restrictions in effect, we can live with the pivot delays.
As for those mothers who were looking forward to a sunny day and a family lunch, maybe next year. The kid’s feelings about you won’t change over the next 52 weeks. Unless you tell them they’re being cut out of your will.
Cheer up Mom, It’ll Get Better
The weather forecast is finally showing some serious change ahead. It looks like we’ll have one more week trading warm days and cold days, and then some steady warm weather arrives.
And I would never have told my mom to shovel snow. She believed in tough love and probably would’ve embedded the business end in my head.
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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
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With the infinite number of memes scattered across the internet, it’s hard to keep track. Just when you’ve grasped the meaning of one hilarious meme, it has already become old news and replaced by something equally as enigmatic. Online forums like Tumblr, Twitter, 4chan, and Reddit are responsible for a majority of meme infections, and with the constant posting and sharing, finding the source of an original meme is easier said than done. Stacker hunted through internet resources, pop culture publications, and databases like Know Your Meme to find 50 different memes and what they mean. While the almost self-replicating nature of these vague symbols can get exhausting, memes in their essence can also bring people closer together—as long as they have internet access.