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Weblog of the sweetest person you never want to piss off.


You have got to be kidding

You have got to be kidding
Originally uploaded by Nikchick.
I think this is the most snow I've seen since leaving Minnesota in 1993. Kate is positively gleeful at the thought of another snow day off from school (delaying her return from Winter Break, which started three days early because of snow).



Why Seattle is still shut down.

"We're trying to create a hard-packed surface," said Alex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation. "It doesn't look like anything you'd find in Chicago or New York."

Uh, yeah, Chicago and New York actually keep functioning when snow falls.

I've been willing to cut Seattle a lot of slack on the snow and ice issue over the years. We see such small, infrequent snowfalls around here it's understandable that they don't have the stores of snow removal equipment and supplies that real cold-weather cities have. I'm sympathetic the the difficulties presented by Seattle's numerous, dramatically steep hills. But when your "plan" for snow is to "create a [slippery-as-hell, totally unsafe for man or machine] hard-packed surface" on purpose on those occasions when we do have significant cold and snow... I have to call that plan one of the stupidest things I've ever heard! STUPID.

How many businesses, already struggling due to the economy, are seeing their desperate Christmas retail hopes dashed because people and goods can't move where they need to go? How many workers have had to literally risk their lives trying to get to work because they can't afford to go without pay or work for companies that don't offer anything in the way of paid compensation for "sick" days/snow days/acts of nature? How many people have been injured as a result of these icy roads? What's been the toll in property damage? Of course, the brunt of this policy is borne by the individual citizens of Seattle and not the City itself.

Sorry Seattle, you know I love you but this is screwed up.

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Snow? On Christmas day? IN SEATTLE?!

Yes!! Woo, could this holiday get any better?

We're heading over to Ray and Christine's for dinner in a short while (and packing our overnight bags, just in case) but so far this Christmas break has been flat out awesome.

SNOW! Wheeeee!

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The Snowy Day

This was one of my favorite books when I was very little and just learning to read. I remember reading it with my grandmother and, being far north in Minnesota (and very little) snowbanks seemed ten-feet tall, snowy fields were vast expanses too bit for me to make my way across. I still feel a combination of excitement and regret when I make the first footsteps across a blank and snowy slate.

I had my own little Snowy Day today and put up some photos of my travels.


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Snow, boo!

Damn. It's snowing enough to stick all over Seattle. That's going to screw up our plans for going out tonight. Buses will be screwed and there's no way I'm driving... the PIF isn't decked out for this kind of weather (I had a skidding incident on plain old wet pavement on Rainier Ave the other night). BOO. BOO, I say.



Another Snow Day

Schools closed and roads slick and dangerous again today. That's okay... not like I have anything to do, like get ready for the ALA Midwinter Conference on Friday or anything.




Sleet, slush, rain, snow, and hail

Snow on fence tips
Originally uploaded by Nikchick.
I think that covers the weather tonight. Weather.com officially gave up and decided to call our weather conditions "wintery mix".

Went downtown for dinner just as the snow that was threatened all day started to fall. I'd given up on it, thought that in the post-November snow storm and post-wind storm atmosphere the weather forecasters were being overly cautious, but no, sure enough when we decided it was safe to venture out down came the "wintery mix" all over everything.

Downtown things were cold and slushy but not snowy. Returning home to the hill, thick snowy puffs covered everything that could hold snow. Beyond that, though, was the brightness! The cloud cover seemed lit up with reflected light, the whiteness of the ground, the trees, the rooftops and every other remotely horizontal surface brightened the night until I felt as if I was walking home in the early evening instead of many hours after sunset.

Tonight's snow is a wonderful, magical snow. Teenagers and children of permissive parents like me were out playing in it as I made my way home. Snowballs were thrown, kids wrestled and tumbled around in it, late night snow forts and snow people are being created.

The bus that picked me up tonight had chains on its tires and warned riders repeatedly that Beacon Avenue was "blocked" so they were only going as far as Othello. Luckily, that was good enough for me. Kate is outdoors at this very moment, the only kid on the block up this late I suppose, outside claiming every inch of untrodden snow as her own.

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