February 15, 2007

Yes, it could get worse.

I am looking at the bright side.

Really I am.

I've carved in wet snow before. There are some advantages to doing so, however slight. For one thing, our carving won't be depending on any gravity-defying cuts that will only hold with light, cold snow. Many of our "competitors"1 are likely to be using this visually impressive approach in their designs (which had to be submitted a couple of weeks ago). For another, now I know that if I make a bad cut, I can always pack some of the damp snow back onto the carving (making it less of a carving a more of a sculpture).

So, while I'm looking at the bright side, things could still get worse.

I'm wondering if, way back when, Father Time and Mother Nature got together and had a daughter, Mary Weather, who is going through some sort of teenaged hissy-fit.

The forecast now calls for freezing rain.

As I look out the window of my 11th floor hotel room and marvel at the brown blanket of haze hovering over the city, it makes me sure of one thing: I hate global warming.

1Snow sculptors aren't really competitive. They're always willing to help each other out by sharing tools, advice and whatever. When was the last time you saw a hockey player pass an opponent his stick? To use?

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