Tuesday, November 18, 2008

27 Snowflakes, By Count

It snowed this morning. Well, let’s say there were a few flakes, nothing much happened and the event didn’t last long.

Have you noticed when we get the weather report, that things are “events” now? There are snow events, rain events, etc. “We had a slight earthquake event this morning, which wiped out half the city, followed by a fire event and we expect the dam will burst, giving us a flood event later this evening.”

Twenty-seven flakes, I counted. Twenty-seven. Maybe a few more, but it didn’t seem to be. More or less like the calling cards the proper ladies carried with them in the fashionable circles of Old New York. When you paid a visit and your intended target was not at home, or perhaps indisposed, you left the card with the butler or maid, and turned up or down one or another of the corners. Each of those little folds silently indicated a message: came in person, condolences, etc.

The little snow shower we had this morning was Mother Nature’s calling card and the corner she left turned down was that which signified, “Dropped by, wish to tell you there’s more where this came from. Be back later. Watch the weather on tv. Ma.”

“The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow, / And what will poor robin do then, poor thing? / He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm / and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.”

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

27,eh? Well around here everyone is in a ''do it when the time comes'' mood and down come 27 flakes and everybody suddenly needs snow tires. Up here as of 15 Dec. 2008, four snows are the law, tickets shall be handed out, but not to out of Province cars.

27 flakes = panic buttons all over the north. Take Connecticut for example, 27 flakes and schools are closed. In Virginia 27 flakes will shut down the I-81 nearly. An old friend and neighbor, a teacher was always griping about snow days as these says had to be made up in June. My solution.begin school on March 1st........no snow days. Up here in Québec,in the Québec City area we had ~ 16' of total snowfall last season and one (1) school closing for snow.

CJV

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