Rusty Surette, News 9
NORMAN, Oklahoma – A Norman couple has a lifetime of winter weather wisdom and during the snowstorm they've been sharing it with friends and neighbors.
"I'm not a professional, I just have a lot of experience," said John Mitchell.
John Mitchell is the best kind of neighbor to have because he'll shovel your snow, help you get around town and even drive you if he has too, but he'll tell you what you did wrong.
He has become the go-to guy in his south Norman neighborhood for winter weather instruction, but he doesn't mind. The 74-year-old is a former resident of Wyoming and a former teacher. So, teaching others the best ways to weather these winter storms tends of come as natural as the February snow.
"They know I'm available and I'll be glad to help them," he said.
John Mitchell said there's one thing that can keep everyone safe when the Oklahoma roads get too risky.
"Need more patience. In this weather you have to have patience. If five minutes is going to make you or break you, just stay home," said the 74-year-old.
And while John Mitchell may be the guy dispensing driving advice to his Okie neighbors, it's his wife who knows how to best cure cabin fever.
"You just need to call a neighbor and see what they're doing. If they need company or if they want to come to your house and have a big bowl of stew or chili and put some biscuits on and enjoy what you have...One another," said Mary Mitchell.