On One Hand

November 29, 2006

Snow Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 10:16 pm

Snow days just beg you to procrastinate. There is a foot and a half of powder on the ground, glistening, perfect. So I come home at 7:30 pm with the spark of creativity, thinking, now I’ll get some homework done, well-rested with a pack of cigarettes, nicotine to help me focus, and I get to the porch, stomp off my feet, come inside, let the dog out to pee, then grab the snow shovel, and for the next hour and a half I build a 5-foot snow cave in the back yard. Like we did in boy scouts, only then it took three of us five hours to do what I now can do in a third as much time by myself. The snow begs to be used for something – I want to build a maze in the front yard, now. Homework – forget that. What’s the point of living if you can’t go with the flow, let nature guide you? Will I someday lie on my deathbed, thinking, damn, if I had only gotten straight As in college, turning everything in on time? Or will I instead wish I spent more time outside and had a life, made things, talked to God, and stopped to play in the snow.

Now I’m exhausted; shoveling four hours, then chasing the dog, who wouldn’t come back inside when I called and kept running across the streets, which are slick with ice so cars would easily hit her. Homework… .



  1. I’ve never in my life seen enough snow to shovel. The high here today is 70.

    Comment by bradfordneal — November 30, 2006 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  2. definitely playing in the snow on the list of things to do with your life. fuck homework.

    Comment by cobracabra — November 30, 2006 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

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