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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2008 02:57 pm
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This is a re-write/variation of the same piece what has been worked on all winter. I would sub-title it "Chicago, Chicago."

Each time I have read it over the months I have laughed and/or cried, and each subsequent reading evokes pity and fear even more than before.

And this great tragi-comic writing comes from someone at the US. Weather Service. Congratulaltions go to this anonymous writer.

Brilliant work. Very moving. Maybe you will be as moved as I have been.

The writer will probably stop the revisions around June.

Feel free to critique.

Best,

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Hazardous weather condition(s):

Hazardous Weather Outlook
Winter Storm Warning

Today: Periods of RAIN, SNOW and SLEET between noon and 3pm, then periods of SNOW after 3pm. High near 36. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime SNOW and SLEETaccumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Periods of SNOW with areas of blowing SNOW. The SNOW could be heavy at times. Low around 27. Blustery, with a east southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New SNOW accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday: SNOW likely with areas of blowing SNOW, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Windy, with a north northwest wind between 25 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New SNOW accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -1. Blustery, with a north northwest wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of SNOW after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Thursday Night: A chance of SNOW. Cloudy, with a low around 27.




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Hmm, at first I thought the title too similar to the musical, but then I got that delicious Doppelganger feeling. "Chicago, Chicago," like the weather it is rather chilling.

in media res, I found the ending innovative.

Thursday Night: A chance of SNOW. Cloudy, with a low around 27.


It is entirely banal, yet grips. It leaves the reader with a sense of intense blah and querulous indifference. The mind wanders, there might be snow, it is cold. Holy shyt, nihilistic to fault, and yet, who cares? Loves it.

Basso...:)

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basso,

"True success in writing is when one has profoundly reached one reader."

I thank you by proxy, since the writer at the U.S. Weather service can not be here personally.

I am overjoyed you were able to perceive and comprehend all the exquisite subtleties and cloaked sensibilities in the writing.

I think it could be a new era of stylistic writing if it catches on.

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You are so much fun...and smart too.

Do you drink Scotch?

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I'm sorry. Maybe I'm too dense or I'm missing something.

But...what's the point?

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...and Irish, and gin and bourbon...just not all at the same time!

Friday it's gin.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, paddy! I'll knock back a "Paddy" for you. I have two litres from the aul sod sitting on the shelf.

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sircmchaels, believe me, you are missing nothing.

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sircmchaels, believe me, you are missing nothing.


Hmm, perhaps, in media res, I am beginning to question your artistic integrity, after all. I am puzzled, and not a little alarmed at your hasty retreat from this authentic, new style.


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basso,

Just trying to discourage anyone from copying it, while i nail down the form!

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I reproach myself for thinking otherwise, please accept my apologies.

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PS: Good thinking, btw.

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