Friday, February 4, 2011
Snow day - Austin style
When I got up this morning there was a beautiful white frosting over everything and Littlefield Fountain had frozen overnight. It isn't lasting, of course. This is a snapshot out of our front window taken around 11:30. It's already melted off the streets and cars are zipping past as usual. But never mind - the city has officially shut down for today. The public schools are closed. Austin Community College is closed. The University of Texas is closed. State offices are closed.
The rest of the country can now laugh themselves silly at the concept of a city that shuts down at the first hint of snow.
I think the real reason is that snow is so rare here, everybody wants to run out and play in it. Grownups too. It would be cruel to deny them the opportunity.
Now I'm going to go out and make a couple of snowballs before it all goes away.