Them Days and the snow

The last two weeks here at Them Days has been anything but normal. Well, that’s what I’m assuming anyway since it’s only been three and a half months ago that I joined the team here.

It all goes back to the snow really. That’s what spiraled us into a small tizzy with the last issue (Vol. 41 No. 1) which was sent to the printers in record time, but took longer to get back to Happy Valley-Goose Bay than expected due to weather delays.

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International Women’s Day Luncheon, HVGB

The book was to physically be in the Them Days office before the week of March 8, International Women’s Day, as this issue is all about Labrador women. Come Monday morning, we still didn’t have the book, and were biting our nails right up until 10 am Wednesday when we were to unveil it at the Mokami Status of Women Council annual luncheon. (Thanks again Provincial Airlines for making sure our issue arrived in time for the event.)

Well, despite the waiting game, we were still rushed to get the books out to the public. It is a huge job to stuff over 300 magazines into envelopes, sort them, and deliver them to the post office, not to mention the parcels for retailers that all need packaging as well. Add to this equation there were 2.5 of us working on this job (I was the 0.5 as my mind was consumed with a trip I was taking to NYC the next morning), well it’s easy to understand how we had some slight errors with our mail out addresses. But no worries, we’re on top of it. If you haven’t gotten your last issue, we are working on it and you should receive it soon.

You would think that was the last of the snow woes, but not so. As mentioned above, I was headed to New York City for a personal trip, but thought I would try and do some Labrador research while there. I contacted the Grenfell Association of America to line up a meeting, and also learned of Labrador artifacts housed at the National Museum of American Indians in lower Manhattan. To say I was excited to see them is an understatement!

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Time Square, New York City

But Mother Nature had other plans and sent a “winter storm” our way. Now, what we classify as a storm in Labrador is quite different than what they call a storm in New York. But when you don’t plow the roads, scrap the sidewalks with window squeegees, and have no where to put the white stuff, everything pretty well comes to a halt.

Despite this, and the warnings to stay inside, my husband and I made our way through the slush, to the subway (where we were literally the only travellers!), and on to the museum. It’s probably important to note here as well that I had called before hand only to get a recording that said the museum never closes only on December 25. They should have also added on days when the city shuts down due to snow!

It was still a great trip, but it would have been neat to have an article in the next issue of Them Days all the way from NYC. Oh well, maybe next time I’ll get the chance. Until then, we have lots of material for the next issue from many wonderful contributors which is sure to be an even better read.

– Janice

 

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