"Kurtz liked Buffalo winters because the Buffalonians knew how to deal with winter. A few inches of snow -- snow that would paralyze some wussy city such as Washington or Nashville -- went all but unnoticed by Buffalo residents. Plows plowed, sidewalks got shoveled early, and people went on about their business. A foot of snow got people's attention in Buffalo, but only for as long as it took to push and plow it into the ten-foot-high heap of earlier-plowed snow."
- Dan Simmons, Hard Freeze.