Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Snow!

We got a pleasant couple inches of snow yesterday. I was already in the office by 5:30 before it wreaked havoc on traffic, with pictures of dive-bombing school buses and angry parents swarming the Internet. Meanwhile, Google Maps was doing its best to confuse colorblind commuters by making the "traffic stopped" and "traffic moving at the speed of light" colors super close together.

I was mostly unaffected by the snow, although I did drive 2 MPH slower on the way home than I normally would. I also had to jump-start Rebecca's car at work, since she has the first world problem of having a one mile commute that is not conducive to retaining a battery charge in cold weather. All worked out in the end, since we made it home and ate corned beef for dinner.

As snows go though, it was only so-s(n)o. For comparison's sake, we had over a foot and a half of snow nineteen years ago today, on January 7, 1996, during my senior year of high school. It snowed so much on that Sunday, that Alexandria City Public Schools preemptively closed school for the next three days, and would ultimately shut down for the entire week. Among the things I did to pass the time that week:

  • Built two igloos, both of which collapsed.

  • Went up to the elementary school playground at night for a snow fight, where three of my friends smoked pot while I "stood guard", amazed that people actually smoked pot outside of Degrassi Junior High.

  • Woke up each morning hoping that the federal government would be open so my parents would go to work, leaving us at home in solitude. Sadly, the government shut down all week too, so my dad played his tuba for five straight days (in the room with the computer and all of the games), while my mom watched the Weather Channel nonstop at full volume.

  • Played DOOM every day with Jack.

  • Gave multiple trumpet lessons to Ryan, the kid up the street, who had nothing better to do himself.

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