Monday, November 30, 2015

Reasons 22 through 100, anyone?

My column today offers 21 reasons to love the Blizzard of December 2010. An online reader calling himself Morty Seinfeld asked, "Why stop at 21?"

Reasons 22 through 100, anyone?


My column today offers 21 reasons to love the Blizzard of December 2010.  An online reader calling himself Morty Seinfeld asked, "Why stop at 21?"

Why, indeed?

So feel free to post here reasons 22 through 100 why this blizzard ain't all bad news.  Keep it clean, and try to make it funny. We could all use the laughs.

To get in the right frame of mind, pretend you're Frank Sinatra and sing until the mercury climbs above 40 degrees...

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Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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