by Lawrence Estep

02/08/98 - "The BIG Snow"

Well, ask for it, and it shall come! As I type this around Noon, it has been snowing for going on 56 hours straight, and we have our biggest snowfall ever in the Louisville area...over 20 inches! It is amazing, and I couldn't be a happier camper! I am in a state of total amazement at this point...kinda like you look on Christmas morning when you see all those great presents under the tree, or when summer vacation starts from school when you are a kid. I've never seen this much snow in my life. What to do first? Build a snow fortress? Build a snow goddess? Build both? Go sledding? Make a snow angel? How about all of the above! If you don't hear from me for a few days, I'm in a snow-induced psychosis, so don't worry! Later!

1/29/98 - "The Winter That Wasn't"

I have to be honest here...I love winter, and everything about it. Unfortunately, this season old man winter has left us high and dry in the Louisville area. From the day after Thanksgiving, which was the first time I had enjoyed Light Up Louisville in a short-sleeve shirt, to this week as flowers are starting to bloom due to the unseasonably mild weather, this winter has been a disappointment for those of us who love snow, and those who depend on it for a living. The snow plow drivers have not had anything to do but shine their trucks up and wait, the ski resorts have stocked up on hot chocolate but nobody has showed up to drink it, and the Christmas lights have came and went without barely a flake to accentuate them.

Now to some, this is a blessing, especially if you love spring and warm temperatures. Don't get me wrong...I also love t-shirts, shorts, and outdoor activities that you don't have to wear five layers of clothing for, as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous! If only we could get back to the time when winter was really winter around here! El Nino? Nope...I really don't think so. It's just Mother Nature being cantankerous with the Ohio Valley!

Well, until the snow comes, I'll keep the sled in the shed, the mittens in the kitchen, and the snow shovel on standby! Let It Snow!

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