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Snow: Two Snow Jobs

I am caught between two “snow jobs”. The first is this fiscal cliff crap. I cannot believe the Republican Party or the NRA. Both have become so stubborn and inflexible about their points of view that they are actually winning their way or at least not giving ground by just crossing their arms and looking stern. These are mostly old white guys trying to stop the deluge of change in America. It’s not that any of us look forward to change. Most people don’t like change very much. But it sure looks like change is inevitable. I doubt that it can be stopped. If American becomes a Caucasian bastion of wealth and privilege what happens to the rest of Americans? Do we all just leave them to this vast land or do we fight back. The fact that there are more minority people in America than Caucasians seems to have turned Republicans into authoritarian patriarchs who are taking over our government, the people’s government, by just saying no. It is astonishing to observe that we are relatively helpless to move them because we gave them back control over the House of Representatives. 

Can we disband our Congress and start over, allowing none of the old players to return except those recently elected? If people in Congress are staging a virtual coup does disbanding the Congress have to signal a revolution? I don’t want a revolution. I like America. What I am extremely unhappy about and what bothers me every day is the “snow job” being perpetuated against the American people by the Republican Party. We could really use our old white guys. They have run the country for years. They know how to do it when they want to. But we don’t need them to be hide-bound and reactionary. We need them to teach those coming up through the ranks. Please get a grip on yourselves, and be the Grand Old Party in truth instead of this ridiculous immovable bunch of useless old men (and young men who act like old men).

For my second “snow job” pictures will speak louder than words:


For this snow job all I need is a shovel. That’s the implement we should also choose to deal with the Washington snow job.


Lake Effect

Water, when it precipitates as a frozen solid is lovely and great for winter sports, but it is also slippery and must be shoveled. You have to own and put on extra clothing because it must be cold to maintain water as a frozen solid. I wanted you to see how huge these snowflakes are, because they are giant, fluffy lake effect snow flakes. It shows up best in the last picture (that is not my house). If the pictures look blurry what you are seeing is the way the lens caught the falling snow. This is a digital color camera, but the world resembles a black and white photograph during this lake effect snowstorm.

Stratified

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It’s a sign of a hard winter when you start worrying about the snow on your roof. It started to snow here before Christmas and it has snowed almost every day, sometimes 2 inches, sometimes 4 inches, occasionally 8 or more inches, but, for the most part, piling up slowly; about 120” of snow, but it compacts and so of course it doesn’t look like 120”. The snow banks in some places tell the story better. What makes this winter different from other winters is that we have not had a thaw. Almost all of the snow we had is still here.

I want to use a roof rake to take some snow off the roof in the front of my house but I cannot walk into my yard. The snow is too deep. I sink up to my thigh and I get out, somehow, and realize I can’t try that again. I decide to shovel a moat around the front of the house to stand in while I rake the roof (actually more of a shovel than a rake). I have to lift the snow off the path I am shoveling in layers because some of it is soft, some is icy, some is crumbly. I am excavating snow. It is my own tiny Grand Canyon with stratified layers of frozen aerated water rather than rock. The history of our winter is written in the layers. The layers are much more fragile than rock. Our first thaw of the winter is coming now, in February. I have a while yet to dig my moat. This much snow will not melt that quickly. I did not rake the roof yesterday, perhaps today. If I thought the warmth was here to stay I would just wait for nature to do my work but predictions are that the cold is coming back and that could make my roof very unhappy.

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