Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Snow Days... Schmow Days...
For those who don't know this, I grew up in Utah where there are two seasons: three months of summer and nine months of winter. If you aren't burning your brains out in the desert sun, you're freezing your butt off in the cold and snow. Legend has it that Brigham Young--upon entering the Great Salt Lake Valley--pronounced the fateful words, "This is the place" while in a feverish delirium thereby causing many to wonder if he was really having a vision from God telling him he and his band of faithful had really arrived in the so-called "Promised Land" or if he was loopy from the crud and hallucinating. Either way, Utah's a great place to learn how to navigate the worst that winter can throw at you. I'd never heard of or experienced a snow day until I moved to the D.C. area. We didn't have 'em in the Beehive State.
That said, we're approaching the days of panic and mayhem that descend on D.C. when even the smallest of flakes falls within 50 miles of the metro area. One of my favorite columists is a guy at the Salt Lake Tribune named Robert Kirby who writes a wry and dead-on column mostly about Mormon culture, foibles, and "oxy-mormons." This week, however, he's written about the most important thing to know about driving in the snow: SLOW DOWN.
(This is also good advice for rainy days, as well. And this is part of why I live in the city. So I don't have to be out there driving in crappy weather with all you crappy drivers who each think you're more important than those around you and you're just all fired up convinced that you, and you alone, were born to be first. The rest of us be damned! God forbid that we slow down a little and show each other a bit of safe and courteous consideration. But I digress.)
Here, for your reading pleasure, is his column. Why it's in the Food Section of the Trib, heaven only knows. Perhaps his writing is meant to be mental food for thoughtful consumption. Enjoy.
And slow down!