Saturday, December 27, 2008

Favorite Present

My favorite Yule present this year is "The Lump of Coal" by Lemony Snicket. From the back cover:

"Miracles can happen, even to those who are small, flammable, and dressed all in black."

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thunder Snow

I just got back from St. Louis. I'm from the Bay Area. What do I know of weather. said that there would be "freezing rain" when I landed.

Freezing rain.

Snow sounds soft and fluffy. Sleet sounds kinda neat. Freezing rain just sounds miserable. And it is. You get immediately wet. The stuff comes pre-melted and wastes no time powdering the new down coat you hoped would be enough. Freezing rain slaps you in the face like a wet towel before burrowing in at the wrists and neck and *then* it freezes.

As I parked at the hotel, the radio guy warned that later that night we might get some thunder snow.

Fortunately, I was asleep by then.