Many Southland residents sick of winter
BY STEVE METSCH smetsch@southtownstarcom March 2, 2014 8:46PM
Updated: April 4, 2014 6:27AM
As Carl Sandrik of Oak Lawn shoveled for “at least the 15th or 20th time,” he official declared that he’s had it with winter.
“I’m sick of shoveling,” he said as he scooped shovelful after shovelful of snow off the driveway of his home in the 6700 block of West 92nd Street Sunday morning.
“I’m just happy we didn’t get the six to 12 inches they got down south. I work for UPS and I’m a truck driver. I go down to Seymour, Indiana, every day. It’s been crappy (driving all winter),” Sandrik, 57, said, adding that some counties far from Chicago skimp on salt.
Sandrik was not alone in his disdain for winter after yet another storm Saturday night and Sunday morning dumped 4.1 inches of snow at Midway Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
“They say this is our last storm, but they don’t know,” said Sandrik, who is resigned to at least one more day of shoveling in his near future.
At the corner of 91st Street and Meade Ave., Elizabeth Farnell was busy clearing the sidewalk in front of her mother’s home.
“I live in Seattle now and we don’t get snow like Chicago does. Not at all. But I was born and raised here,” Farnell said as she cleared the sidewalk.
Farnell, 29, is a captain in the Army. She is visiting home before she is deployed to Afghanistan later this month. While she enjoys visiting friends and family, Farnell may want to work on her timing. The last time she was back in Oak Lawn was just in time for the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011.
“Chicago’s weather is a love and hate relationship,” she said.
You can put Bob Knudsen, 59, among those who hate Chicago’s weather, at least during the winter months.
“I need it to go away. I can’t take it no more. I was out in California (on vacation) two weeks ago. It was 80 degrees when I left there. When I got here, it was 10. I hope this is the end of it. It’s gotta be getting close,” said Knudsen, who lives in the 9100 block of South Austin Avenue.
“I saw it coming (Saturday) night. I had the Hawks on TV, and I heard the snow plows going by. It’s not bad today. Sometimes, it’s three feet high,” Knudsen said.
One senior citizen in the 9100 block of South Mulligan Drive in Oak Lawn may have summed it up best after she had shoveled a path from her front door to the sidewalk.
At first, she had no comment when a reporter asked for her opinion about our seemingly endless winter. Moments later, she opened her door, stuck out her head and shouted “it’s bah humbug.”