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Leapin' Lizard! I'm Blogging the Blizzard!

Date/Time Permalink: 12/09/09 11:44:38 am
Category: Iowa

NOTE: This post has nothing to do with Linux, computers, or geeking. This post is about Midwesterners bragging about the harsh weather they've survived, and being unbearably smug about it. And let's not have any buttinski Californians, Arizonans, or Nevadans pointing to a tiny white spot on the ground and going "Look it snowed here too!" This is a Midwesterner thing. You wouldn't understand.

The Great Blizzard of 2009! That's how we Midwesterners are going to tell it to our grandkids. Why, young'uns, the snow was piled so high you needed a periscope to see to drive! Neither man nor beast could withstand the piling drifts, freezing temperatures, and window-rattling winds. Even the other penguins flew South for the winter! What, don't believe your grampaw Petes? Well, I got pictures...

Like remember the snap I took of the woods from our front window? Here's the same shot, six months later:

front window

These, friends and neighbors to the South, are called "seasons." There's four of them, and they all have their own unique flavors, like the bottles of syrup they put on your table at iHop.

almost neighbors

This week, we live in a Currier and Ives postcard. But some of the phenomena is a bit freakier than twee Colonial charm. Like our porch:

snow-filled chair

That is a perfectly ordinary lawn chair out on our little side porch, and, believe it or not, there is no one sitting in it. That is a natural snow formation, which built up gradually since yesterday and all night last night. Untouched by human hands - it has to be, since we can't even get out there; the door's blocked by snow and frozen shut. When nature actually makes a snow-man for you, it's trying to tell you something. Most likely it's "Stay inside!"

Other Midwestern bloggers are snuggled over laptops by the fire to blog The Great Blizzard of 2009:

Opening the Door got some pretty pics before the mean part hit.

Between Lightning, a mommy-blogger who documents the blizzard, power failure, and dinner by candlelight. Amazingly, our utilities have had no interruption the whole time - even satellite TV!

Levi says "Blizzard!" Have you noticed that most of these photos are taken from windows, doors, porches...?

PhotoXopher photo-blogs a real, genuine Minnesota blizzard commute. Yeah, that's about the size of it.

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