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Day 221: The Snowman Cometh (and Taketh Away)

February 4th · No Comments

February is a tough month to be a New Yorker. Holiday cheer is far behind, spring is well ahead, temperatures clamp down in the 20s and the earmuffs aren’t fun anymore. But I am new enough to the East Coast thing to get blissed out when snow falls from the sky.

It toyed with us yesterday morning and in the afternoon began falling in earnest. From my office desk I watched the flakes fall and silently cheered as they stuck against the windshield wipers of the parked cars and on roof of the ice-cream delivery truck across the street. The forecasts called for five inches in 24 hours, way better than the little dustings we’ve gotten so far this winter. Accumulate, baby, accumulate!

Joo and I walked in the afternoon, blinking flakes off our lashes and watching the gathering white on the bare trees along 75th Street. Grim gray Gotham dons a fluffy white coat and suddenly the world is OK again.

At night the sky eased up and today the only evidence that snow ever fell is the residue on the cars that have been parked too long. Meter maids have disturbed the virgin windshield snowbanks and left parking tickets.

Blue skies again today. Damn global warming! Grrrr. Growf. Grumble.

Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

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