What I won’t post about?
1) Stupid drivers. Because every single one of them apparently decided to get out on the road today. A left hand turn from the right hand lane? REALLY? And just because of the volume of snow? Doesn’t mean you get a license to drive down the middle of the street when there’s on-coming traffic, asshat. And if you’re going to tail-gate, at least don’t do it on the cell phone (and when that cop stops you, don’t look so shocked about it).
2) Sequestration. Because it’s been a term I’ve had to deal with for over a year due to the nature of my bill-paying job, because too many people have presumed to know what I think about it, and because all of a sudden today everyone from the ladies in line at the cutting table at the fabric store, to talking heads on the news, to the politicians from the two major parties, to an inordinate percentage of my normally party-politics-quiet twitter feed is pointing mother-fuckin’ political fingers! If you think either major political party holds the blame for this, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona I’ll sell you for a song.
What I will post about?
This is the primary reason for my having missed so many posts. We kinda got smacked. Twice. In two weeks. And it was snowing again today (thankfully without any real accumulation). It’s not that I live in an area that’s a stranger to snow, it’s just that we’re more used to it being parceled out in 2-3 inch increments, rather than a foot in a single go.
So, there’s been a lot of the death-defying commutes through white-outs, the lost time at work, power outages and the annoyance of dealing with the aftermath of a snow-plow when you just spent 2 hours clearing your drive….
And then there’s the good side: the crazy, fun stuff people do with a shit ton of snow. I haven’t seen a snowstorm yield this much activity out of people in a long time. Maybe it’s the lack of snow last year and for most of this winter that drove people out to do something with the white stuff when we finally got it.
Up the street someone constructed a snow-castle that, before it began to subside was basically a story and a half high on it’s highest side (it was built on a slope), and big enough to park a car in it. Seriously, it was amazing. Even the igloo someone built on Barksdale field while I was at W&M was nothing compared to this perfectly constructed castle tower. They even put up a tarp roof on the thing. All I can think is that I must have missed one hell of an interesting snowball siege earlier in the week if that kind of fortification was developed.
I saw a brief bit of a battle (probably un-related to the castle, though I think some of the kids involved may have come from that end of the street–it’s not easy to tell when they’re all bundled up like Randy from A Christmas Story) out on the streets during the previous storm. Snow still falling, the street nearly full of snow after the plow had made its one pitiful pass hours before, there was a gaggle of kids advancing on a group hunkered behind the growing mounds of snow surrounding a going-nowhere Mustang in a drive way. The advancing group thought they had the numbers, but they didn’t see what I did–that the kids by the Mustang had two teenaged older brothers lurking around the corner of the house behind what I first thought to be another mound of snow, but which turned out to be an arsenal of snowballs. The battle was short, but heated (cooled?).
Someone across town sculpted bears in the yard. And I don’t mean added bear-like features to snow-men, I mean actually carved out two bears about 7-8 feet high (they’re up on their hind legs, with fore-paws out in front of them), with sculpted fur and realistic features. Menacing, but damned impressive. Another house across town had formed some sort of large flower, which wasn’t all that cool, unless you drove past a night, when they had the thing lit from the inside.
Then there are the kids with the videos. I’ve seen some pretty impressive footage from 10-year-olds mounting cameras on their helmets before saucer-sledding it down an area hillside. The coolest was when the camera-kid wiped out and was looking back up the hill in time to catch his little buddy–coming down right behind him–make the jump and sail right over the camera. I’m sensing future camera operators for action films coming out of this. Or, y’know, in some cases it’s more like Jack-Ass, The Next Generation.
We can get big snows into mid-March around here, but it’s likely this last blast will be it for the snow-ball and sled set. I may not have enjoyed dealing with the snow from my own perspective of having to deal with it in getting out to go to work, but I can’t complain about what I’ve gotten to see other people do with it.