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SNOW!!!!!!

A CHRISTMAS DIARY FROM A CALIFORNIA BOY

Dec. 8: It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching huge, soft flakes drift down from the heavens. it looked like a Grandma Moses print, so romantic - we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow.

Dec. 9: We awoke to a big beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. Did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

Dec. 12: The sun melted all of our lovely snow, such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man - I'm glad he's our neighbor.

Dec. 14: Snow, lovely snow: 8' last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. Wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

Dec. 15: 20 inch forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4X4 blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a woodstove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly - we aren't in Alaska, after all.

Dec. 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

Dec. 17: Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. had to pile the blankets on to say warm. No TV. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try to irritate her. Guess we should've bought a woodstove, but won't admit it to HER! God, I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

Dec. 20: Electricity back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Goddamn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they say they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snowblower and they're out. Might get another shipment in March. i think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel of the City will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

Dec. 22: Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till August. took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed, and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow n his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

Dec. 23: Only 2" of snow today, and it warmed up to 9. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. what is she, nuts? I don't have time - I have to SHOVEL!!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did, but I think she's lying.

Dec. 24: 6" of snow, packed so hard by the snowplow, i broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. if I ever catch that son of a bitch who drives the snowplow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls. i know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at 100 miles and house and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the goddamn snowplow.

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the @#$%&*% slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of more shoveling makes my blood boil! God, I hate snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's an idiot. If I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to kill her.

Dec. 26: Still snowed in. Why in the hell did we ever mover here? It was all her idea. She's really getting on my nerves.

Dec. 27: Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze.

Dec. 28: Warmed up to above -5. Still snowed in . THE BITCH is driving me crazy.

Dec. 29: 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

Dec. 29: Roof caved in. The snowplow driver is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.

Dec. 30: Set fire to what's left of the house. First time I've been warm in a long time. no more shoveling.

Jan. 14: I feel so good. i just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to this bed?


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