All this has happened before — and we weren’t such wimps then

Snow-covered exterior of the Grand Opera House at Elm Place and Fulton Street, Brooklyn, during the Blizzard of 1888. [Photograph: Wallace G. Levinson/Life]

OK, people. I am at the office today. BFD. I’m am now officially sick of people acting like it’s crazy that the office is open today.

It’s not that crazy outside. Sure, it’s unpleasant at intersections, where plows have piled snow and there are puddles of near-freezing slush to navigate. BUT IT’S NOT THAT BAD OUTSIDE.

There is no reason not to go about business as usual. We have become a city of wusses. May I remind you that the subway was built partially in reaction to the Great Blizzard of 1888, which dumped 40 to 50 inches of snow in parts of New York. From Wikipedia:

The first underground line of the subway opened on October 27, 1904, almost 35 years after the opening of the first elevated line in New York City, which became the IRT Ninth Avenue Line. The heavy 1888 snowstorm helped illustrate the benefits of an underground transportation system.

Get out there and get to work, weaklings.