Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Make it stop



If I still lived in Tahoe, or if I was a citizen of Vail, Denver, Bozeman, Minneapolis, Chicago, Oshkosh, Cleveland, Boston, or Buffalo, this would be completely normal. Those cities are prepared for blizzards; everyone knows how to deal with them. Here? We are the city of flip-flop wearing, bike riding, summer people. We know how to navigate through the crushing humidity of our summers (so hard to imagine right now) but this? - yet another huge blizzard? We are flummoxed.

At least I am.

DC's snow removal equipment is ancient and rusty. Much of it doesn't even work, so there is no way they can clear the streets. It just isn't going to happen. So we're stuck, housebound again today.

We're going to watch Pan's Labyrinth in blueray this afternoon. I'm re-thinking the snowtini idea; maybe I was just encouraging the weather gods to let loose. For today I'm going to make lemon drops - just as potent but the lemon will be a metaphor for sunlight shining into today's blizzard. We'll play a Scrabble-like game called Bananas (as we did last night). We will take it easy with each other today, because our moods are not completely cheerful.

What does not kill us makes us stronger. Or so they say.

31 comments:

Barbara said...

We just watched Pan's Labyrinth. You will love it. It's magical. But as is often the case in fairy tales, it's not a happy movie.

I'm tired of the snow. Right now I'm just sitting around waiting for the power to fail again. Bring on the spring...

Tom said...

that was a strange movie--but in a good way. Going stir crazy? We got our 10 inches or so here, but snow removal is keeping the streets navigatable...Ft Wayne is a city of cars, many families here have as many or more autos than people...our mass transit is for the birds!

don't get too bogged down by the white stuff; enjoy!

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm trying not to get bogged down, but as my roommate said, "No matter how we try to be cheerful, the truth is, we feel dumped on."

So, SO true!

willow said...

Told ya it was comin' your way! I'm buried at the manor, too!

True Blue Texan said...

After surviving the blizzard in Omaha this Christmas, I can appreciate what you're going through. Just think of it as a holiday and a chance to take some really great pictures, if you can stand being out in the snow. It helps to have the right kind of clothing and shoes.

Good luck!

Rebecca Clayton said...

There's something different about D.C. snows. My first winter there (1985-1986), I saw roses blooming in December, and then we went through two heavy snow storms. I got out my cross country skis, and really frightened my Vietnamese and Salvadoran neighbors. (Crazy lady! Hide the kids!)

I still have dreams where I'm at Union Station trying to walk home to Arlington or Tacky Park, and climbing over mountains of snow piled where the sidewalks used to be. Those DC snows stick with you!

ellen abbott said...

Be careful what you wish for Reya. Especially you, dear shaman.

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh yeah, Ellen. Oh. Yeah.

Thanks for saying it so well, Rebecca. There is something different about snow here.

As for all the water when it melts, well, this is a swamp but I still expect that more trees will topple due to over-soggy roots. Nature is awesome, it is.

lakeviewer said...

Oh, sorry about all that mess that snow has become. Hang in there is all you can do. Get yourself a massage!

Barry said...

If this snow keeps up we'll have to make you an honuorary Canadian.

Then you'd have to learn how to put the letter "u" in all those words like "colour", "neighbour", "favour" and (oh yes) "honourary".

Then again, maybe your snow will just melt soon

get zapped said...

OMG, I had to lol! It's a bit much, I know. My family is climbing the walls in MD. If it's any consolation, we got hit with storm after storm in Seattle last year, and talk about snow removal fiasco! We're in the dark ages when it comes to equipment! However, this winter we broke the record for the warmest January... go figure. Maybe those muggy days aren't so bad? ;p

Hang in there, nothing lasts forever.

Nancy said...

Wow! Amazing pictures. You must be getting cabin fever. I felt the same way when a series of storms hit up here. We still have it stacked high. But like you said, we are better prepared. We expect it and can navigate in it. The reason for our big F-150 truck. Hope it stops long enough for the roads to clear and people can get where they need to go. Hope the lemon drops help with the moods. Hmmmm....lemon drops. Sounds really good right now but it's only 9:00 a.m.

Reya Mellicker said...

Nancy I finally get what you mean by missing color. I get it.

Barry I have always wanted to be an honorary Candian. I've also always wanted to add the U to worlds, but thought it was pretentious.

Lynne said...

Maybe you feel dumped on because you are! The weather gods have gone berserk! It's fun at first, but after awhile like you said: enough is enough already!

We ARE getting snow--YEAH!!! About 7 or 8 inches so far. My husband stayed home so we are just enjoying watching the flakes fall. A fire in the wood stove and all is well.

Pan was a disturbing film, but good.

Stay sane and dry!

Angela said...

I must tell Val of those yellow gum-boots! See Val, they exist!
Reya, I tried to send you more snow pictures from Hamburg, but your in-box was crowded so they were returned. But then, maybe more snow photos would be more than you can take! We are also slowöy getting sick of it all. And in Vancouver they carry the snow to the Olympics with helicopters!

Kerry said...

I have absolutely stopped being jealous of you. Our winter in the Northwest has been mostly without snow, but I do not wish for this. Still, I guess I am a little envious of those lemon drops!

Janelle said...

bloody hell!!! its unbeLIEVABLE!!!!!! still totally impressive for an African sun baby like myself...stay warm darlin' XXX j

Linda Sue said...

Waht does not make us stronger kills us...really , you have had too much of a good thing- the crushing hand of Mr. SNOW Pants.Ridiculous and the news says MORE with high winds! Trying to clense DC I guess- maybe all of the republicans will go back to California where they belong...I hear they are having landslides.

Linda Sue said...

sorry for the misspelled words- thinking about republicans tends to throw me in a state of verbal anxiety.
Stay cool, haha

The Bug said...

We went out to run errands today - but our roads were mostly plowed (except that Dr. M had to aim the FWD jeep at all the clumps of snow on the sides of the roads). I really feel bad for you guys when you have to start back to work & going to the store - it's just going to be a mess!

Reya Mellicker said...

Linda Sue? I LOVE how you think! Oh yeah.

The storm HAS ENDED!!! Yay. I got out and shoveled a bit. It's a light, fluffy snow so not as heavy as last week's snow. I surrendered to it in some way today, which really helped. Go figure. Reya vs. Mother Nature? It's pretty clear that's no contest!

John Hayes said...

Glad to see the snow ended--you're right: if you're going to be in bad winter weather you want to do it where they can take care of business. It's sort of like if I have to be in a big earthquake again I hope I'm in California.

steven said...

reya i'm blown away by the amount of snow you've got and are going to get!! so my students have asked me to ask you if you could put together something (i told them i had a dc bloggy friend who has pull with all sorts of powers throughout the universe and might be able to swing this!) like sending the snow this way! see they have a mini olympics scheduled for the coming week and we've got a skin of snow over a four inch layer of ice so we could use a foot of snow. thanks!!! steven

Pam said...

Yeah, that looks dumped on to me. I find these photos fascinating, living as I do in South Australia,the driest state on the driest continent, but I can truly see why you're over it by now.

Daisy said...

I feel your "pain", Reya! We got "dumped on" last year and thought it would never stop. And because we don't get much snow, we don't have the equipment for these events.

But ... you sure do take some beautiful photos of the stuff!

Karen said...

Hang in there! We're pulling for ya!

hele said...

here are having floods instead of the predicted el-nino drought. i don't think i've ever seen this much continuous rain. our garden has turned into a jungle and i keep on hoping to see the wild things peek out from under a bush...

e said...

Beautiful photos, but I feel for you with the sheer volume. Stay warm and enjoy those lemon drops!

Ronda Laveen said...

Crikey! that'sa lotta snow. The bottom slide show is almost unbelievable. Lemon Drops sound quite tasty. Looks like your city is paralyzed...which begs the question: paraplegic or quadraplegic?

Reya Mellicker said...

Quadraplegic, Ronda. But we will soldier on, cuz that's how we roll.

I love the word CRIKEY. Ronda!! You are the best.

Thanks for all the encouragement. The sun is out and soon I'll be out there too. This, too, shall pass!

janis said...

We have 6 or so, my daughters have 10 just an hour north of us. They say we are getting more too... ho hum!