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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow.... ok where is the Sunshine?

Alabama has found itself in quite a quandary recently. No, I am not talking about the gambling debate... I am talking about snow. Four whopping inches of the white, cold, flakey stuff. This past weekend it snowed. The event started on Friday morning and ended sometime around Saturday when people started to emerge from their homes, hot chocolate, and blankets. As a general rule southerners do not do well with cold weather. We do not know how to drive in it, our homes are not built for it, and most of us do not own the clothes to weather the conditions. On Friday the state shut down. Schools closed, roads were blocked, and there was ice from Huntsville to Gulf Shores. Really, yeah, Gulf Shores. People hit the supermarkets and gas stations and "hunkered down" like there was a hurricane brewing in the gulf. While many southerners may call a few flurries a natural disaster, the younger generations poured outside to the winter-wonderland in droves. As of this morning you could find the remains of snow men and women. The scene, this past weekend, was beautiful. I drove around Montgomery with my mother and we marveled at the manner in which Alabama's capitol city had taken on a New England feel.

Perhaps the occasional snow is not a bad thing. Although I do not think many people will complain when swimming pools become operational again, and ice no longer covers the road to Gulf Shores. Until then, I suggest hot chocolate.

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