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November 13, 2010


They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. They haven’t lived in Minnesota because in Minnesota, no matter how deeply you meditate and pray, you’re going to get snow in the winter. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when.

When is today.

A large chunk of the state, ranging from the southwest corner and angling up to the northeast corner, and including the Twin Cities, is currently under a winter storm warning with predictions for 7 to 11 inches of snow in the metro today and another 1 to 2 inches overnight tonight. Welcome to Minnesota.

I know there are people out there in the state holding a pair of skies or snowshoes or waxing up a sled who are drooling at this weather but I’m not one of them. I like a lot of things about Minnesota but snow isn’t on the list. I don’t ‘do’ winter.

Driving was especially bad this morning because the storm started with some light rain that turned over to snow about 3:00 a.m. The temperature was right around the freezing point, so the snow that fell on the wet streets was heavy and full of water and as it got compacted by cars, it got icier and slipperier than a regular cold-weather snow. Making matters worse was that the plows didn’t go out until after noon. Making matters even worse was my power went out at about 9:30 and came back on about an hour ago. It gets cold quick when the power goes out and the furnace can’t start.

I’m trying to be upbeat and positive about this whole winter storm, can you tell?

I was going to post a picture of the snow on the trees outside my window here but I decided against that idea. Instead, I’ll just paint you a picture: it’s white, it’s cold, it’s everywhere you look and it sucks.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 5:24 pm

    Amen to that, Michael! Spoken like a winter weather expert! “It’s white, it’s cold, it’s everywhere you look and it sucks.”


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 13, 2010 6:24 pm

      Would it be too wimpy if I said I was sick of winter already?!


  2. November 14, 2010 12:34 am

    Mr Fishman, We were watching that snow storm up by you. Hopefully it will stay west of Chicago and leave us alone for now. We haven’t even finished raking our leaves yet. I don’t know where my boots are and I broke my snowbrush/ice scaper at the end of last winter. But, I do love the snow. However, I don’t have to drive in it or shovel it. Be safe on those slippery streets!


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2010 7:07 am

      Hi Mo! (I’m not Mr anything) Since you love the snow I make a motion that all Minnesota snow storms for the 2010-11 winter be diverted southeast to Chicago! It’s the least we can do to help!


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