Thursday 29 January 2004

bring out the huskies

Blizzard of 2004 report, day 2:

Travel chaos! Icy roads! Snow! Frosty windscreens! It's full-fledged winter weather panic time! Now, don't get me wrong - I love this country. I chose to move here, I co-own a house here, and we will be bringing up our dogs and children here. But I feel compelled to say this: STOP PANICKING AND YES, YOU CAN DRIVE MORE THAN 5 MILES AN HOUR WHEN THERE'S NO SNOW AND/OR ICE ON THE ROAD. Our local school is closed today, it took us an hour to get home last night (it usually takes 10 minutes), and yet you can still see the grass below the thin blanket of snow that fell yesterday. I know that we don't get a huge variation in weather here, but a little snow shouldn't scare you, my English friends (I say "English" as opposed to "British" because I know that the Scottish are laughing at us Southern jessies).

On the flip side, the snow looks beautiful and the sun is shining brightly in a clear blue sky today. The kids in our neighbourhood came streaming out of their houses and gathered in the little greenspace area to build snowmen and throw snowballs at each other. Jasper played in the snow for the first time, running around excitedly in circles and trying to catch snowballs Paul threw at him.

And maybe, if we're lucky, we'll get sent home early again today.

ADDENDUM: even the English find this weather situation amusing. Or maybe "amusing" isn't quite the word for it. A very funny summary of the week, though.

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