Friday, December 09, 2005

White Power.



It's snowing here in Boston. It's absolutely gorgeous. Being a California boy, I really don't know how to handle myself well in the snow. Some examples:

1) I've fallen down once and have slipped about ten times trying to walk through this stuff. If anyone knows how to walk on compacted snow (ice), please let me know.

2) I decided I'd see what snow tastes like. While walking into work, I scooped up a small amount of the stuff and devoured it. Bad move. They had just salted the area and I shoved about ten million milligrams of salt into my mouth. Yummy.

3) While walking to work, I decided I'd readjust my scarf. The snow continued pouring down while I did this. Yet another mistake. The scarf ended up feeling wet and nasty on my neck. That's not much fun when it's freezing.

4) Do not ask fellow scientists to throw snowballs with you. Many that have done so with me end up throwing in a not so manly manner. You know, they lead with their elbow when they throw. Trust me, it's embarrassing.

5) You know my big winter jacket? You don't? The big green one? C'mon search your memory. Anyways, it really isn't very good unless I dress in layers beneath it. However, when I'm all bundled up, I can't even cross the street safely. It is absolutely impossible to turn my head to look at on coming traffic.

Help.

CRITICAL UPDATE: Sleet blows.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Your Man in LA said...

Being in the high desert the snow has not been much of a problem but it has been cold. It was like 2 outside yesterday when I had to clan off my car to go to work. I have been dressing in 3 layers for going outside. I have a tee shirt, a sweater, and a fleece for outside with gloves(which includes walking between my office and my lab) I usually were the sweater while I work, but today I am down to my tshirt in my office because someone turned the heat up to 75.

I have yet to break out the big winter coat which I have only really worn when I go home to MI for the past couple of years in CA. Soon I think I will have no choice.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

1. Walk very carefully across compacted snow. You'll learn to look ahead for it after awhile. And don't walk around in the snow and ice in sneakers; that's a guaranteed fall. Buy a pair of rubber boots that have insulation you can remove. I bought mine in Downtown Crossing.

2. Only eat fresh white snow if you must eat snow at all. Remember what Frank Zappa said!

3. Pass

4. Pass

5. If you're going to survive winter in Boston, you must get a better coat! Overstuffed down or padded Navy pea coat. You can go to The Army Barracks on Newbury Street (if it's still there) and buy military issued clothing. You micht also get lucky at The Garment District in Cambridge. It's right near M.I.T.

You've got to arm yourself against the winter up there! Wool socks and sweaters, thermal underwear....Ok, I'm done.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I can't help but think of A Christmas Story. "I can't put my arms down!" V and the big green coat. There might be a story there!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Linny said...

a) scientist snowball fights? something very wrong there
b) dress in layers... lots of layers... add some bubble wrap even and then when you fall, you'll bounce back up
c) there is no way to walk on ice and snow... best to not go to work... you can tell them that it's been recommended to you do stay home... they'll understand
d) never eat yellow snow...

1:24 PM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Oh man!!! I would be so lost in the snow! I've lived in CA all my life and have only seen snow actually falling from the sky a few times (in Utah).

Good luck! Be careful!

3:04 PM  
Blogger irishkeough said...

1. 1e7 g of salt = 10 kg. you didn't eat that. they don't put that much on the road ever. you would die if you ate that.

2. don't pick up your feet when you walk. just sort of shuffle. then you don't fall

3. keep your head down and power through

5:32 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

I don't recall the occurrence of thunder and lightening in a snowstorm, that was pretty cool.

5. For a better winter coat you may also want to try Burlington Coat Factory, there is one in Porter Sq. and accessible by T (red line) or bus.

1.As for the falling down thing, your gonna fall...it happens to the best of us. What I tend to do is shuffle my feet along where it is really icy.

3. Get your hat, gloves, scarf all situated before going outside. Don't mess with any of it, it will throw you off.

6:12 PM  
Blogger LoraLoo said...

I do have to chuckle, because I knew this post was coming.

I'm a desert rat, I would be just as lost in snow. Get yourself a new coat that works with layers is my best suggestion. I am sure a helpful salesperson can help to direct you to a great coat for that climate.

Take care! Stay warm...

1:31 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

I read in a book once that putting your socks on outside your shoes helps you to walk on snow/ice.

...FJ.

PS. I wouldn't believe me either probably if I hadn't read it myself, cos I've never set foot on or even seen snow except on tv.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Yeah Lora, we were all waiting for this one. It's 70 and sunny today here in Tampa. Enjoy your weekend. :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger RT said...

Mmm... I would suggest dressing in lots of layers, regardless of how much others (especially your co-workers, if they're anything like mine...) make fun of you. Heck with them. At least I'm, I mean, You'll be warm!

Oh. And don't worry about falling down, just learn to do it gracefully ;o)

10:32 AM  
Blogger Meow said...

Walking on snow and ice or ice covered in snow is a learned practiced gait. It's more shuffle shuffle shuffle.

5:58 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

Although it's written to portray animosity for the stuff, I think you actually are enjoying the change of weather. B)

Me, I'd hide indoors if I saw it outside.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

I can't believe all you people here giving Vavoom bogus advice.

Listen up, V. Lived all my life in the Northeast and have a few Boston Winters under my belt (which is quite bracing, actually). The only way to survive Winter, and this is far from a forgone conclusion, you must resist the tempation to act like a native--they'll spot you instantly.

Forget the layers and the suffling and the socks, for chrissakes and follow these simple rules:

1. Wear only plastic.

2. Carry a topped-off flask at all times.

3. Numbness that lasts longer than six months should be reported to a health-care official.

4. Cover your extremities. If you have any.

5. Apply butter to all exposed skin before venturing outside. You can later use that and the salt from the street for a nice nosh of popcorn.

6. For an added treat, try roasting nuts on an open fire. (Caution: over doing it can lead to fertility issues).

2:54 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...

:D thank you all for your advice.
V, I've only been in sleet, enever in snow.

Advice for sleet - stay out of it. If you HAVE to deal with it, well, shuffle. And forget speed. Rushing through will only trip you up.

11:30 PM  
Blogger StinKerr said...

Get some well insulated ugly boots. If they look good or stylish you're gonna freeze your feet. Ugly boots usually have good traction soles too. Nothing will save you on ice though.

Down stuffed coats are best, just don't tear the nylon cover or you'll have feathers all over the damn place. Yeah you'll look like the Michelin man but you'll be warm.

A wool cap will help keep the heat in your body. Lotsa blood runnning through your head, don't lose that heat from there. Ski masks are excellent too. Just lift the face part before going into the bank. It causes less excitement that way.

Walking on snow: shuffle or very short steps. You'll probably go down anyway but you can try.

If you see ice on your path look for snow to walk through. Of course if there's ice under the snow you're cooked anyway but the snow will cushion the fall.

No sudden movements or quick change of direction. Move smoothly and try to "flow". Learn to fall gracefully, in other words.

8:54 AM  

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