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Seattle in the Snow

20 Jan

I happened to be in Seattle today, the day the press declared it to be SNOWMAGEDDON.

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It was beautiful. As someone who grew up in Los Angeles, I’m not accustomed to being around snow unless I’m skiing in it. I’ve never lived in a city that gets regular snow. I actually brought my skis with me expecting that I might be able to ski through the financial district, but after looking at the streets I decided to keep my skis in working condition.

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Really, it wasn’t so bad. Of course, being that Seattle isn’t accustomed to such things, the city basically completely shut down.

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In dozens of places that I’m accustomed to seeing hundreds of people, it was all but deserted.

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After wandering around a bit and calling some Seattle friends, I found the party:

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A steep street in the Capitol Hill district had been completely closed to vehicles due to the inability to plow it and the impossibility of driving on it.

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People were sliding down the ice in anything they could find. Boxes, pieces of cardboard from boxes…

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‚ĶPieces of cardboard that weren’t from boxes:

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Road signs:

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Just about anything that looked like fun.

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And yes, some people actually had real sleds.

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And, of course, some people had the same idea I did and brought their skis.

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