Just five years ago, even if it snowed, I got my morning paper. My long-time friend and neighbor, Bob Branch, made the paper rounds. He had a Jeep and delivered the Daily Progress and Richmond Times Dispatch come rain or shine. Ten-inches of snow? It made no difference, Bob came. Likewise, my Trash Service – Time Disposal. They even came on Christmas Day if it fell on a Monday.
But no more.
We have new paper carrier and did not get a daily paper even on the second day after a modest 3-inch snowfall, and the roads had been plowed. And for two of the last three weeks, the Trash Guys didn’t come because of snow.
For years, the schools have closed if it got cloudy on a winter day, but the paper and the trash service were dependable.
I suppose this is what we should come to expect from now on.