Sunday, February 7, 2010
Wow. What an event! The snowstorm has at last finished its reign over the midatlantic. Those of us left in its wake are in awe, restless (because house bound) and wondering how long we'll have to contend with these huge amounts of white stuff.
The initial stages of any big natural event are awe-inspiring. Snow is beautiful, unlike floods or big fires, hurricanes or tornadoes, hence most of the people I saw yesterday were really happy to be out, slipping, sliding, and at times plunging knee deep into it. There were huge snowball fights at Dupont Circle as well as in Lincoln Park yesterday. People went sledding on the Capitol grounds even though they aren't suppoosed to. It was a convivial scene.
Today is very cold so the snow will now be hard, icy and sharp. Many people are without power which means many will not be able to watch the Superbowl and that's not a happy thing for we privileged Americans. I expect tempers might begin to flare today in households all over DC which is one great reason to go to work. Three of my clients have not cancelled, so I'll be busy, a Very Good Thing.
The camaraderie that is typical immediately following a natural event will no doubt begin to fade sometime today as it dawns on folks that the 2 feet of snow outside (looks like 4 or 5 feet because of drifts and piles made from shoveling) is not going to disappear magically in the next few days.
I hope I'm wrong about that! We shall see.