Posts Tagged ‘snow’

synchronicity six: The Strip Tease

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Background:
During Wisconsin winters, any centimeter of skin left exposed to the elements gets whipped raw within seconds. So people bundle up. And when they come inside, unbundle.

Setting:
One of those classic old university lecture halls with stadium seating and old wooden desks stretched in rows. The professor is up at the chalkboard, writing something as students begin to file in.

The action:
For some reason I had arrived early. And watched as one student after another came in from the freezing weather, eyelashes crusted with ice, cheeks rosy, dusted in snow, and took off layer after layer of clothing,  hanging them on hooks lining the walls. Scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters. The old radiators were kicking up that special kind of heat that only old radiators do and letting out a hiss. It was so warm inside that it felt kind of dreamy. I can still smell the wet wool.

(photo credit: Rachel’s flickrs)

the bright side

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

It has already snowed three times in the past week, with one round sticking enough to make snowmen and have snowball fights. Which made me realize that I had better get over to my neighborhood undertaker and get a picture of fall before it is too late.

snowfall

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

My two European ski experiences have scored high on charm but low on good snow. Slushing around the mountains has advantages. It makes the (frequent) landings a little softer. While St. Anton supposedly had the best snow of anywhere in Europe, the ski bums were dreaming of North America. It looked more like the last days of spring skiing then the middle of January. Here are pictures taken from the balcony of our B&B, one on the first day, one on the last. At least there was plenty of sun.

perks

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Living in Germany has its downsides: twelve months of bad weather being the primary bitch, as the rain pounds against my bedroom windows. But there are perks. Plenty o’perks. For example, getting on a train Friday night and waking up in the mountains Saturday morning. Yep, EuroYankee takes to the slopes next week. I’ll trade snowflakes for raindrops any day.

(photo credit: Jacob Johan)

snowy spokane

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Snow transformed Spokane into a white slate overnight. The city looks foreign and beautiful. Deer tracks bolt down the hill towards Peaceful Valley. I made a snow angel under a street lamp near Hangman’s Creek. Right now, sitting on the couch in Lisa&Gideon’s warm apartment, time seems stuck. Yet in a few hours until everyone will have dug themselves out and the snow will turn slushy and brown.