Whiter wonderland.

Heaps upon piles of snow today. Very wet snow, too — the temperature sat at around 32 degrees all day. (That’s zero for you Canadian readers.) Snow is great for writers — you can stare out at it with your chin on your hand, or go out and push it around if you get blocked.

I did both. I forgot to mention, one of our household gifts to ourselves this year was a snowblower. I’ve disdained them in the past, but that was before I got a long driveway, and now I can’t imagine living without it. It’s more satisfying than mowing the lawn. I took it out at midafternoon in hopes it would make some of my calls be returned. It didn’t, but I got the driveway cleared. Afterward, I glowered at a downspout that seemed entirely clogged with ice. I disconnected it and ran hot water over it, piece by piece, until the huge chunks of ice fell out and it ran clear. Why is such a task so absurdly satisfying? Because, unlike writing a big essay, it gets done and when it’s done, stays done, pretty much. I can concentrate on clearing the downspout in ways I can never concentrate on writing.

Should have been a gutter-cleaner. Clambering around on roofs, I’d think about essays I want to write.

Now the snow’s shin-deep. And it’s perfect for packing. A winter fun-derland!

Now, to the bloggage.

This is not bloggage, but in checking the TV guide, I just found these shows on TLC, back-to-back: “The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off,” followed by “Born With Two Heads,” followed by “Archie, the 84-Pound Baby.” Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Hey, dads! Looking for a meaningful gift for your teenage daughter? How about a symbolic representation of her hymen, in precious metals? Plus: There’s a suggested ceremony, woo-hoo.

I can’t stand to read one more word about That Cowboy Movie, but I gritted my teeth and got through these, and I was glad I did.

I like good design as much as the next girl, but this is ridiculous.

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5 responses to “Whiter wonderland.”

  1. brian stouder said on December 15, 2005 at 11:44 pm

    The ape on Dayton’s front page WAS ridiculous! I thought USA Today’s front-page ads were gauche – but the ape takes the cake….especially if the paper WASN’T paid for that!

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  2. Randy said on December 16, 2005 at 9:59 am

    If I harbor no animosity toward gays and lesbians, and have no desire to see the Cowboy Movie, and I’m agnostic and have no desire to see Narnia (unless my daughter wants to go, and then of course what can a dad do?) BUT I would encourage anyone who wants to see these films to go see them because it’s a free country (I think), then what am I?

    Oh right, a mainstream media lovin’, war hating liberal panzy. I’ll drink to that.

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  3. mark said on December 16, 2005 at 4:04 pm

    We gots us a snowblower this year, too, after living in the Indiana or Michigan cold & snow for 38 years. And also those heavy-duty outdoor winter boots and full-insulated coveralls. What a darn difference it makes. Can’t believe I held off this long over about $600 worth of stuff. Sheesh.

    And the real thing I love? It’s being able to (quickly) snow-blow the driveways and sidewalks of the elderly neighbors that live on either side of me. It takes, like 5 minutes each, and means so much to making their lives easier. What a racket … become a good, “unselfish” neighbor just by having the right winter-snow-conquerin’ equipment and 20 cents worth of gasoline.



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  4. vince said on December 16, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    I grew up shoveling snow in Colorado. What a backbreaking chore! My parents then got a snowblower — but not until after all of us fled the nest.


    Kate, you’ll never know how lucky you are!

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  5. Carmella said on December 16, 2005 at 7:59 pm

    You are a very nice boy, Mark.

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