Oh man, sometimes I wish that I had a digital camera so I could take pictures of all the amazing things around me.
Overnight, it has snowed between 24-30 inches in the greater Boston area. Early this morning, high winds with up to 50mph gusts have created drifts everywhere. There are piles of snow on every windowsill. The north/south streets have had much of the snow blown away, while the east/west streets remain piled high with drifts. A real winter-wonderland. In fact, there is so much snow being swirled around in the air that you can't tell whether it is snowing or not, and visibility is down to probably about 1000 feet or less.
Like I said, it's beautiful, and I love it. It gives me a lot to reflect on. As I sat eating my double-toasted bagel smothered in cream cheese, and a cup of hot cocoa, I thought about what a major disaster something like this would have been to the early settlers. Now, we don't consider mother-nature much more than a nuisance.
Our cafeteria was understaffed this morning, and that was the biggest problem this snow created for most of the people in this building. Howe blessed we are to have central heating, electricity, the internet, refridgeration, foodservice, all in spite of horrendous weather conditions. I don't have to worry about survival, instead I can do homework, read, or play video games.
The only thing that makes me uneasy is that someday these systems will fail, and we won't know how to handle it. We won't be able to handle it. The support systems we have in place are the only thing holding this system together. When they are gone, so are we.
That said, I love snow, and it is so wonderful and mysterious. I will try to get someone with a digital camera to take pics so I can post them. Toodles.