January 27th, 2009 By Maija Zummo | The Morning After | Posted In: Life

Snow Day


Last night after the snow started coming in really thick, I took my dog outside without his leash so we could walk around. I live on a big hill that basically shuts down anytime there's inclement weather. Salt trucks don't even bother with it. So at around 2 a.m. the street was covered with this layer of untouched snow and I filled a red keg cup with some wine and walked my dog up and down the street. It was really dreamy until some college kids, who do amazing and hilarious things in snow, came out with what appeared to be their corn hole set and tried to sled down my street using the wooden part as sleds. They stood at the crest of the hill and kept trying to slide down on these pieces of wood with the words "Who Dey" printed on them but it wasn't working. Some of them tried to make pathways in the snow to make it easier. They even had a friend with a Jeep come up the hill and they tried to put the sleds in the tire tracks but they wouldn't budge. It's like my street turns into a dare in winter weather. College kids from miles around come with stupid, flat things and try to see if they're brave enough to attempt to hurtle themselves down the hill.

This is the amazing thing that being snowed in does to people of all ages. People don't really drive around because that would be dangerous. What they actually do is get a bunch of their friends together, get drunk and then dare each other to do stupid shit outside. Danny Cross showed me this video today of some of his friends, which illustrates my point (that's a Bearcat pizza from Adriaticos, FYI):

Right now everything's turning to ice outside and then it's going to be covered over by snow. Stay home and get bored enough to act like a kid again. If you break any bones, I'm pretty sure ambulances have four-wheel drive.

Here's to snow days, pizza, cheap beer and living in a city with a bunch of big hills.

01.27.2009 at 11:32 Reply
I know a famous local musician and avid skier who, several years ago, would reportedly hit Maija's street every big snowfall and SKI down it!


01.28.2009 at 08:18 Reply
That totally could have been Charlie with the pizza. He practically trademarked that slightly-unenthusiastic "woo" and "yeah".


01.28.2009 at 04:31 Reply
While gathering the necessary equipment to begin these snow-day festivities - gloves, sleds, climbing ropes - the kid driving the car was saying, "This is such a good idea. There's no way this is a bad idea." He was right.


01.23.2010 at 05:26 Reply
I agree. If you were to use a car, you should prepare you wheels for the season. Get a snow tires to prevent accidents or any kind of harm along your way. Regardless of the brand or style of snow tires chains used, winter drivers should do sure that the chains are the proper fit and are right installed in order to offer the most protection for the driver and passengers. It's always a good forward to be careful at all times.