Tuesday, January 23, 2007

First Snow Fall

We finally got the first snow of the season yesterday. It's nothing like what the Midwest was hammered with, we only got two or two-and-a-half inches. It snowed all day; small flakes in abundance. Needless to say my son was very happy. It would have been find if it weren't for the freezing rain overnight. That caused the schools to close. Of course this also made my son happy.

Living here in the Washington DC Metropolitan area is, at times, a bit strange. The people in the area are an interesting duality at times. The area is a strong liberal block yet they live their lives in ways that would make any conservative proud. Most of them consider themselves as "Northerners" yet live as "Southern" as any resident of Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, SC. Just a dusting of snow and most of the area shuts down.

That doesn't mean there hasn't been any serious snowfall here. There have been some major blizzards here. About a decade or so ago we got hit with three feet of snow with drifts over the top of two story houses. This was before my son was born. We lived, like many people, in the leaf of a suburb just up from a Cul de Sac. This is a place where snow plows rarely tread and we were snowed in for a week.

But as for me, personally, I am not fond of cold. Anything cooler than, say, 75°F/24°C is not for me. Keep the world between that and 95°F/35°C and I'll be quite happy. Winters in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai) and summers in Italy (Riccione) on the Adriatic.

Heaven.

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