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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Blizzard of '09?

I wonder if that's what they'll call this sudden masterpiece of mother nature's wrath.  We went suddenly from beautiful afternoons with shorts and t-shirts to a stunning and strong snowstorm, with snow blowing and falling nearly horizontally. We got almost half a foot to a foot and a half in some places in less than 6 hours.

I was really looking forward to hunkering down in the van, but I got invited to spend the afternoon (and perhaps the evening) with a good friend's family. It os all the more touching to me that it seems that the most adverse conditions in nature spark the opposite response in humanity.

Wow, big thought: the worse circumstances turn out to be, the more we stick together and overcome the odds. Look at all of the disasters of our time, like Katrina, 9-11, even our little snowstorm here, which brings us together to help out and be helped. My friend calls it, "the upside of the downtimes". Awesome statement. Good company. Warm rooms. Tasty food. Cozy and cuddly big red dog.

Sometimes humanity is awesome.

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