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Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow day(s)

A funny thing happened just a few hours after I finished and sent off my Motion City Soundtrack show review: it started snowing. And not just the kind of snowing that evaporates when it hits the ground. There was almost an inch of snow on the ground at 4:20 am, and the snow kept coming until midnight.

It's not like I've never seen snow. I've seen it in bits and pieces over the years living in Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas. But the most accumulation I saw was on top of a mountain in the middle of summer in Wyoming on family vacation.

One of the things that I always loved about Dallas when I was a kid was that it was colder than Houston and New Orleans. The chance of snow was greater, and I hoped to someday play in snow.

Turns out I got an early birthday gift last Thursday, and it was about ten inches of snow. I didn't sled or make a snowman, but I did throw a few snowballs on my fence, took a few pictures with two snowmen built in an empty lot in front of our house, and got to see Victory stand in snow that covered her legs. The snow didn't completely thaw out until today, so this was four whole days with snow. Usually when snow comes, it's gone by the following afternoon.

In all my years living in the DFW area, I've seen more ice than snow. On top of that, snow is very, very rare in Houston or New Orleans. (Hell, the year after we moved from New Orleans to Houston, it snowed. Oh the timing.) So if I sound like I'm five years old and think Elmo is my hero by saying all this, I must plead that I had never experienced something as big as this. And I'm glad I did.

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