Here's an idea for a blog post that was very much inspired by a comment @chambanamoms made on Twitter. Something I've noticed is that people generally are more helpful when it snows, and I want to hear your stories.
Take my neighbor this morning, for example. We both were on our way to work, and both running late because we our cars were stuck in the snow. After about 30 minutes of shoveling, it became evident to me that my pickup truck wasn't going to move more than a few feet from my parking space. I gave up on my truck and decided I was going to need to find some alternate transportation to get in to work.
Before I went inside to start looking at bus schedules or calling friends who have cars with four-wheel drive, I walked over to push my neighbor out of her slippery situation. A couple quick nudges, and she was on her way with very little effort on my part. If she stopped to say, "Thanks," she would have gotten stuck again. So as she drove off, I figured that was a mission accomplished, and I didn't expect to see her again.
But my neighbor wouldn't let it go. She drove around the block and back to our apartment complex (this time parking on the street so she wouldn't get stuck in the lot). Even though she was already late to work, she offered me a ride.
Our storm yesterday was just a light dusting compared with what fell on northern Illinois; check out these astounding Chicago Tribune photos if you don't know what I'm talking about. But I'm sure plenty of people in Champaign-Urbana have stories similar to mine.
And I'm not just talking about neighbors helping neighbors or strangers pushing a car out of the snow. Snowstorms really do bring out some interesting stories that you wouldn't expect to hear (like reporter Paul Wood's story in December about Champaign's Marvin Pickett), and I'm interested in them all.
And I'd love to hear about them -- you can post them below or send me a message on Twitter.