06 February 2004

"Merry Christmas, it's February." Friday February 6 2004

"Oh no! Snow and rain and ice." This was my morning. All the cars on my street are parked parallel which is fine normally as this fact is likely the reason for what parking skills I have. But on a morning like this it's a disaster. I stood on the curb two feet above looking at the street below once covered in snow and now an ocean of water and ice of depth I could not determine. I had little choice but to step as far out as possible and find out the depth the hard way. Jumping would only make the mess worse with splashing but if only would have known how much of that there would be later..... So I stepped and the water covered my shoe briefly until I could get my other foot further out and then finally onto solid ice. I should mention that there is a small hole gashed into my right brown dress shoe. Not good.

Last night I heard people talking about the various thickness' of ice predicted to have covered everything this morning and then I found it trivial. Now? Horrific. I was now standing beside my car covered in at least an inch of jagged (that makes it sound scary right?) and there are cars not three feet from me whizzing passed. Of course it doesn't "hit me" until the first splash of ice cold slush water soaks my pants how the puddle was only the beginning. I'd say at least twenty cars spewed water at me as I chipped away at the ice. So, I was soaked as I finally arrived at work having much of the same repeated as I walked across the parking lot to the employee entrance. My socks are now almost dry.

On a much more pleasing note, tonight I am driving to State College for Adam and Joy Ryan's Christmas party. Adam and Joy, who were married in an amazing ceremony on Dec 27, are two of my dearest friends who really champion the idea of reasonably thinking outside the box. They were so busy with all the wedding stuff (with it originally planned for May) that they decided to celebrate Christmas later. It will be the first time I've seen them since the big day, so much to look forward to. There is nothing like a gathering of warm and intelligible people especially for a holiday celebration.

Merry Christmas... Perhaps it should be Marry Christmas. Haha. Happy February.

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