Friday, February 26, 2010


Or maybe less, buy definitely more than a foot and a half. It's hard to tell. But beautiful.

I lived in Southern California for almost twenty years and I missed the seasons terribly, ALL the seasons. One of the reasons I moved back East.

Of course the "seasons" haven't been the same as when I was young thanks to "global wierding"—(it's actually global warming but those too ill informed or unable to grasp scientific facts get confused when they see snow in winter and think that disqualifies any idea of "warming" etc.) so we haven't had the kind of winter we're having now, but still the seasonal changes, however they manifest now, give me great pleasure to experience.

And this snowy winter has been a great pleasure to me. And today is no exception. The snow has been very light, and blue sky even broke out during the afternoon with sunlight shining on the clean powdery white soft curves covering cars and bushes etc.

I know a lot of folks are anxious for winter to be over, and I'm looking forward to spring too, but taking a break from shoveling my car out of the public parking lot I left it in last night, because I assumed it would get plowed sooner than the private one I pay to park my car in every night, I paused to watch my young guy jump off the snow-covered roof of a long garage behind a small apartment building into the drifts below it on the edge of the parking lot. What a gas.

And that muted sound of an older, slower, less noisy world that a big snowfall always creates. What can I say, I dig it. Though I admit my back aches and I'm pretty tired from what little shoveling I did do (I did a lot yesterday when it was mostly slush and much heavier) today (I gave a couple of men walking down the street with shovels a small fee to finish off the walk in front of this old house where my apartment is).

It'll be spring and then summer soon enough. As most of us know, the older we get the quicker times goes by. So for today, I'm content to look out at the ways in which the new snow has made the world seem cleaner, quieter and softer. And be grateful for it.

[And then I came in and watched the news followed by a repeat of The Daily Show from last night and thought if you haven't seen it this top of the show bit by John Stewart should elicit a few laughs...and possibly some amens, but you have to watch the almost ten minute clip to the end to get the full impact.]

1 comment:

JIm said...

Here is a little global wierding for you.

Head of 'Climategate' research unit admits sending 'pretty awful emails' to hide data
By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 7:38 AM on 02nd March 2010

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Scientists at the heart of the Climategate row were yesterday accused by a leading academic body of undermining science's credibility.

The Institute of Physics said 'worrying implications' had been raised after it was revealed the University of East Anglia had manipulated data on global warming.

The rebuke - the strongest yet from the scientific community - came as Professor Phil Jones, the researcher at the heart of the scandal, told MPs he had written 'some pretty awful emails' - but denied trying to suppress data.

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