I figure since there is less than a half day of this crazy year left — 2004 sitting just on the horizon over there (yeah, I can see you buddy) — I had better say a few words to mark the occasion. I might get introspective tomorrow or something. I’ll need an activity to occupy yet another day off. For now, however, maybe I’ll just reflect on the snow in this silly little city, and my top ten reasons why it (really) must be a rare thing here:
10 :: This would be higher on the list but, considering how I was going to take the day off from work anyhow due to this annoying cough/cold/runny nose-thing anyhow, it is only a side benefit. Snow in Vancouver means the roads are closed, buses run late, and work becomes something that only crazy, reckless people attend.
9 :: Karin got the day off too. Happy cool fun!
8 :: The news reporters use big words like “snow-warning” and “sanding-trucks” — and they build snowmen on live television.
7 :: Spinning tires are everywhere.
6 :: Brad’s public service announcement #72322: Umbrellas are for rain. Repeat: Umbrellas are for RAIN!
5 :: There was never that much YELLOW snow in Alberta. Come on, people. It’s not THAT funny.
4 :: I still think the funniest thing I’ve seen all day is the little moron SHOVELLING his CAR with a STEEL shovel. And not an old wreck: a Mercedes.
3 :: Both fender-bender accidents I saw while walking five blocks (each way) to the mall and back. Get some snow tires.
2 :: Snowmen made by little kids are everywhere.
1 :: For some reason people are friendlier. I’ve been walking that same route almost every day for the last year. How many people have even said “Hi!” as I pass them on the street. I’ll give you three guesses, and the answer is less than “two” so you should get it. From door to door, apartment to mall and back, I was greeted with no less than eight friendly “hellos.”
Photos of the events can be found in the gallery.