February 19, 2003

I just spent 45 minutes

I just spent 45 minutes digging out and moving my car from the faculty lot (which is closer to my house) to the student lot. Unlike nearly everyone else around here, I'm still not complaining about the snow. I guess that means I'm well-suited to life in the snow belt, or something.

The weird thing, though, is that the Brown Facilities people shovelled some areas around here in very odd ways. I counted no less than three places where they shovelled a nice path that dead-ended in a huge snowdrift (and it wasn't just plowed in---they just stopped shovelling). Since I rent from Brown, they take care of our front steps; the steps and the walk up to them are totally clear down to the wood and concrete. But the sidewalk isn't cleared, and it looks like the snow removed from the steps and walk was shovelled onto the sidewalk, so looking out my front door I see a little cul-de-sac of cleared pavement. It's actually less snowy to leap over the roadside snowdrift and walk in the street than it is to try and use the sidewalk... but they didn't shovel all the way to the street, so there is still a formidable drift to vault over. From my patio door, they cleared a path down the steps and around back to our basement door (which is bolted from inside and disused). This path does not actually lead anywhere except between two doors to the same house. The driveway between here and 166 was cleared, and at the end a walkway was cleared into the faculty lot out back... except that the path just ends in the trunk of a car (which was parked there when they did the shovelling). Finally, the walkway to the student lot was mostly cleared, except that a huge (seriously, ten feet high, ten feet across) mound of snow that had cascaded off the swim center roof was almost totally blocking the path. There was a shovelled path either side of it; and judging from the way the path ended, the mound had not fallen into a cleared path, they'd just... stopped.

But whatever. It's pretty, and it's fun. I wish it were going to stick around, but judging from the forecasts, it looks like we'll be lucky if it's still here by Friday. Too bad. :(

"[Nerds] were a bit like an adult would be if he were thrust back into middle school. He wouldn't know the right clothes to wear, the right music to like, the right slang to use. He'd seem to the kids a complete alien. The thing is, he'd know enough not to care what they thought. We had no such confidence." --Paul Graham Posted by blahedo at 6:35am on 19 Feb 2003

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