Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Why I Like Chicago in Winter *

So last night leaving class I planned to write about how much my just-completed group presentation sucked (very much so) or some of the things that really bug my about the Christmas season (Zales commercials, people who forgo their Thanksgiving evenings to camp all night in the parking lot of a shopping mall just so they can be first in line for the 4am opening, etc.), when - bam - the city was hit with a beautiful, magnificent snow storm.

Once or twice a year (tops), Chicago gets a snowstorm that isn't nasty or a major inconvenience; it is just pretty and kinda peaceful. Last night was one of those times. I even took the long way home from the train to marvel in it - the big, whispy flakes, the way it drapes every surface in a calming white blanket. I also shoveled the front walk of my apartment building when I got home just so I could spend more time in it (no, I wasn't drunk). It was the kind of snow that reminds you how cool it can be to live in Chicago during the winter.

* Ed. note: This is a companion to the upcoming "Why I Hate Chicago in Winter" posts that are surely on their way over the next few months.

16 comments:

Mr. Shain said...

i would like to hear more about your group sucking.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

You're so right! Just the right amount to make the trees look pretty, but not so much where you're digging your car out in the morning, or sinking your wing-tips into a foot-deep puddle of slush. Do guys still wear wing-tips? I'm so not a grown-up . . .

5 of 9er said...

Once or twice my ass... many of the snow storms are super fantastically AWESOME.

JUSTIN said...

Agreed last nights snow was nice but even better was this morning when it snowed AND was sunny. Take that Sun Belt!

Ellen Aim said...

Snow can be pretty, but I'm going to park my ass outside with a beer to read in the sunshine now.

(It's Dallas, let me have my moment).

minijonb said...

i'm already tired of winter. bring back fall or skip to spring please.

blythe said...

at least you have winter.

it was 81 in texas on sunday.

it was 72 when i got in my car after work yesterday.

WHAT IS THIS? let it snow.

ADW said...

I hate the winter. Yet summer and fall in Cleveland have a way of making me forget about winter. Every. Effing. Year.

Mr. Shain said...

ok... stop what you're doing right now and change the avatar back to normal. seriously, do it now. i'm having a mild panic attack....

Airam said...

Those snow storms are the best. So far we've gotten a shit load of snow followed by a shit load of rain which equaled a shit load of ice on the ground. Good times.

RevRee said...

I'm a fan of winter when I can have someone warm me up inside...HA

Mighty Dyckerson said...

You want big, whispy flakes? Check out my shoulders. I got dandruff like a mofo.

Michael5000 said...

Oh, man, snow... It needs to snow more here. Of course, if it snowed more we probably wouldn't get as many snow days....

Kadonkadonk said...

Your snow came to DC! I'm so happy!!

Gregg Smith said...

It was a night just like this peaceful night in chicago that I was mugged and robbed of all my belognings and had a gun held to my head. Now these peaceful times are also filled with a keen sense of my surroundings.

I'm Not Carrie Bradshaw said...

Uh, so all those "BUT YOU'LL HATE THE WINTER" stories people try to scare me with as a reason to not move to Chicago are null and void in my opinion now.