Category: Nature


OMS! SNOW!

I live in an area of the country where we do not get much snow, when we do it’s a little skiff  and it’ gone in an hour or two. About every 5-6 years do we see any snow of any amount of consequence here. Last Wednesday morning was that day. 

I was planning on sleeping in, as that does not happen very often. But for some reason my body decided to torture me with making me get up at the ass crack of dawn. I figured I’d get up and get the kids on the bus. So I wake the wife “Babe, do you me to get the kids up so you can sleep” She looks at me and says “No.. no one.. is going.. anywhere…”  I at first thought that she was being sarcastic. She saw the look of utter skepticism on my face and she said “Go look outside.” I got out of bed go to the window open the window coverings and stare out into the eerily bluish morning light, and the first words out of my mouth was… “what in the f*** is that shat?” Isn’t this supposed to be the first day of spring? And we get snow? Ugh.

Now bear in mind that I’m not a native to this part of the country. I grew up in Utah where seeing a fresh blanket of 7 inches of snow was common place, you knew it was coming and you dealt with it because you had to. Here… people see snow so rarely that no one knows what to do with it.  I ironically had already taken the day off for other reasons.  Even if I had not, I would have called in anyway. Not because I could not get into work, but because snow here, makes people crazy. I can drive in snow just fine, I know how. It’s the other 300k people who are on the borderline to snapping.  They freak out because they do not know how to deal with it, as in drive in it, know how to dispose of it, or what do it when it falls. People will abandon their cars on the road because it scares them so much.

I used to make the analogy that when the fist snowflake hits your car windshield, they turn around drive with their ass, get home Cannibalize their family and hibernate in a pile of bones until spring. If it wasn’t nearly a lubricious thought process for most people, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s actually happened. It’s days like today that I made sure that when I moved here, I kept my snow shovel. It’s been collecting dust for a few years at this point I had to dust it off.  While the city went into a panic and shut down for the day I’m kickin it on some Dark Souls, enjoying my virtual struggle for survival in a of death.

While sitting at home, enjoying the day off helplessly invading and attempting to kill people who have the audacity to regain their humanity in a virtual world. I hear a loud CRACK. I wandered over to the window to find that a gigantic tree that’s probably been there for 70 years, has lost an enormous limb.

The children who’ve not seen snow in many a years was excited, and went outside and frolicked in the snow. Despite my many pleas to my wife, she would not let me bury the neighbors cars in in it. She keeps telling me to stop trying to scare the natives, but where’s the fun in that?

The next day, despite the fact that many people abandoned their jobs for a second day, I went into work. I reckoned that it looked similar like an atomic winter outside, and people gave me dirty looks.  On the way home my wife called and asked me to pick up a few things. I was driving through a residential neighborhood and the amount of tree damage from a little bit of snow is absolutely insane.

I stopped and took several pictures, and just marveled at the damage, from 7 inches of snow. We’d get 20-30 inches in Utah and they trees would not collapse. The only thing I can figure is that here it rains so much that the root system doesn’t go very deep, it’s very shallow, (when the ground was already saturated from several days of rain) so enough weight will rip the trees  out of the ground. I reason this because this isn’t a desert, the roots don’t have to sink 50-60 feet in the ground to get water. It’s readily available. This is one street, probably about 20 feet, and this is not even some of the worst damage, there are massive pine trees that are laying across roads. there are segments of the city that are still out of power.

I got completely distracted from the task at hand, and I keep driving, and marveling at the damage, after a while I start to notice something different.  The snow in peoples drive ways and sidewalks  and curbs hasn’t been moved, it’s still sitting in huge mounds on the ground where it fell. I started to feel like I was driving through New York  at the end of Ghostbusters, where the Stay Puff Marshmallow man explodes leaving massive piles of white marshmallow everywhere. That’s what it looked like.

The snow is gone now, but it’s humorous to say the least.

Stealth wave

for labor day I took the kids out to the ocean. It was the first time we’ve been there and had sunshine. usually it’s dreary and overcast. Despite the fact that the ocean water was easily 15 degrees warmer than the last time we went it was still bitter cold. As we got there we found that the tide was going out. and it kept going further and further out. Eventually we ended up about 50 yards further out than usually from the waters edge.

What was cool tho was that the tide went far enough out that I found a sand bar in the middle of it. the water went from being waist high to ankle depth in a few inches of sand. I decided to keep going out into the water. Most of the waves were breaking just above my hip. When out of the blue this massive Wave several times my size comes out picks me up and tosses me in shore like a rag doll.

if that wasn’t natures way of saying “Get out of the water” I’m not sure what is.

View of nature

This is the View from my Front porch after the rain cleared up. This photo does not do justice to what I experienced this morning.