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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Houston, the snow has landed

Driveway before shovelling

SNOW

There is no other way to describe it. Since it started four days ago, winter has systematically and ambitiously blotted out any trace of summer from our lovely little town, plunging us into a deep snowy (literally) miasma of cold. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

But there is snow, and lots of it. My dad and I spent about an hour shovelling this morning--and that was just to clear the driveway so I could go to work. For those of you who live in an area that does not get snow, or not much snow, then take a look at these photos to get an idea of what our winters are like (some are more mild than others). For those of you who also deal with massive amounts of crystallized water, then I feel your pain.

Don't get me wrong: snow is great. I love shovelling. But sometimes, the sheer volume boggles the mind. I woke up this morning, went outside to shovel, and it just ... it looked insane. It was insane. This is all insane.

Welcome to Canada. Pick up a shovel and leave your sanity at the door.