Folks. I live in C-A-N-A-D-A. That's the large thing between the USA and the North pole. If I'd mention it every time we have snow, this wouldn't be a science blog, but a snow blog. The people here don't know what to do with all that snow. Before I moved here, I never realized that it can become a problem if the stuff doesn't melt away. I mean, they push it to the sidewalks and into the backyards, but it just piles up. I have seen street signs vanishing in snow hills, no kidding.
Today, the radio announced actually 'snow' and not 'flurries'. This came together with the recommendation not to leave the house, a whole list of closures, and cancellations for events and meetings. Unfortunately, I had to leave the house again. (Well. I was out of Coke, so this was really an emergency.) I forgot to take a photo of the car before I had shoveled it free, just believe me it was covered by at least 20 cm of snow.
Yes, today is March 1st.
If that doesn't impress you, let me add: the car was covered with 20cm of snow - after it was parked in the lot for 1 hour.
Here are some photos taken in front of the groceries store. I know they won't win an award for photographic quality, but it's been something like -15 C, feels like -20 or such, and after 2 minutes my fingers were so numb I couldn't push the buttons any more. Not sure if it's obvious but the second photo shows a bench. A nice place to chill out.
While I was shoveling free my car, a jacket with a toque came by and said: Quite some snow, eh? I know, it's a cliche, but they really do use this 'eh' always and everywhere. I said: Name me one good reason to move from California to Canada! EH? This scared the guy away. But since I know my sarcasm sometimes comes out the wrong way: I just like to complain about the weather. I can't say I exactly know why I decided to move here, but I don't regret it. It's maybe the first time that I like to go to work, and that I don't feel completely misplaced. I didn't expect it to make such a big difference, but it does.
However. I've promised myself and my friends if I have my own institute, it will be on a sunny beach.
Yes, yes, I'm working on it...