Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Minnesota Nice

Officially, winter begins next week. But in Minnesota, winter is a pre-existing condition. It’s my first Big Winter and I kinda like it.

The biggest difference – these people up here are prepared. In Texas, we count on the sun to melt the snow by the time we finish lunch.

Takes some getting used to.

Picture this. If you see a red mini-van sliding 360 through the intersection and the driver looks like he’s yawning – take cover. That’s me. Driving on ice for the first time in 30 years. And now you know that screaming uses the same facial muscles as yawning.

I blame the puffy coats. Put one of those babies on, sit behind the wheel and just try to fasten your seat belt. You are prematurely entombed. And you’ll need a catheter.

Snow is beautiful – the first couple of days. By now, it is getting dirty but they don’t show you that on the post cards. I’ve never seen parking lots with snow piled higher than cars.

Snowplows were everywhere after last week’s snow event. At the school parking lot, the plows piled the snow up high as they cleared the lots for teachers’ cars. The Mystery Woman, a 31-year-veteran of Minneapolis public schools, says many a kid has gone missing playing king of that kind of hill. Some snow drifts, it is rumored, survive the short summers and escape to threaten shipping lanes in the Great Lakes.

We did the shovel snow thing last week. And here it is again. Snow. Before the last snow had a chance to melt, new snow fell. White on white. Did Bing Crosby start like this?

No chance the snow already on the ground is going to melt any time soon. A White Christmas is guaranteed. My first.

I’m excited.


Paula said...


I've always loved this hymn, but think you have to live up north really appreciate it:

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Merry White Christmas!

Anonymous said...

163 days left of the possible snow season, George.
Snow mounds in parking lots? You want to see snow mounds? The best one I've ever seen was out at Southdale, on France and about 69th, and it was still about 8' high on the 4th of July.

163 days, George. Get the catheter.

Sharon said...

more pictures more pictures more pictures

How does it compare to those Washington/Virginia winters?

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