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I'm dreaming of a white Saturday

It's snowing hard here in Maryland, and looks like it could keep snowing well into tomorrow. Predictions range from 11 inches to two feet. The DC area has a strange love-hate relationship with snow. We don't get enough of it that people ever learn how to drive well in it, or to justify everyone owning a Jeep (which seems to be the law in places like Colorado). As a result, a few inches can bring the town to a crashing stop. Everyone rushes to the store to buy milk and toilet paper and snow shovels. Schools close just from the forecast, before a single flake hits the ground. This might be one reason why some folks love the snow:mdash; many of them are kids and school teachers, it's true. They usually like weekend snow a lot less.

I'm the opposite: I don't mind the snow so long as I don't have to go anywhere, and tomorrow, I shouldn't have to go anywhere. I was going to go get a Christmas tree, but that can wait until Monday. As long as the power stays on, I can write, I can read, and we have food in the house. That's the key; with electricity, a foot or two of snow is a pretty but inconvenient thing. With no power, snow bumps us back a century or so, and that's not a journey I want to make except lost in the pages (or Kindle screens) of a good book.



So, is it snowing where you are?





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bogwitch64
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
The most we're supposed to get is 6 inches. In CT, that's nothing. :)

I'm like you--as long as I (and my loved ones) don't have to go out in it, getting snowed in isn't a bad thing.
karen_w_newton
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Well, it helps that we have plenty of milk and toilet paper! Hard to stay calm without that.
dferguson
Dec. 19th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
We're supposed to be getting anywhere from 6 to 8 inches here in Brooklyn. And yeah, my wife gets that weird concern about toilet paper whenever she hears there's a snow storm coming. I kid you not: she counts the rolls of toilet paper we have then rushes out to Pathmark to buy more.


scottedelman
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
The reason we own a Jeep is because when we bought this place in 2004, we were told that if we didn't have a four-wheel drive vehicle we would not be getting off our street in the winter. And that's because of what else we were told—in West Virginia, the rule about snow is, what God put down, let God take away. Our road tends not to get plowed. But the Jeep works. One Philcon, the day after an 8-inch snowstorm, we got in the Jeep and were able to easily drive three miles to where the road were clear.
jongibbs
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
We're supposed to get 6-12" :(
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