The S word… You know the one…

lymeloungeYes, it is in the forecast. Will we get any of that stuff here on The Planet Ann Arbor? I don’t think so. Maybe a few spitty little bits. I think it’s mostly hype. Not that it’s early for us to have snow here because it certainly is not. But I am not really ready. I mean I am ready for snow and snow shoveling and even egregious idling to let the ice thaw on my vee-hickle’s windows. I am not ready for snow commuting with the unwashed cell-phone-talking texting masses. I remember how nice it was when we finally stopped getting snow and ice late last spring. I thought aahhhh, we have MONTHS of dry pavement ahead of us. We are just about done with that, alas.

I read this article about a huge blizzard-type event that happened 100 years ago on the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes storm event that I experienced in my lifetime [so far] was the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald (you know the Gordon Lightfoot song). That anniversary is coming up in a few days and I am not sure I am strong enough to tell you how many years ago it was. But the White Hurricane happened 100 years ago and sunk many many ships and, alas, most of us have no memory that it happened. My parents were not born yet.

My grandfather was a young man in Sault Ste. Siberia in 1913. I do not think he owned a car at that time. I’m pretty sure that most people didn’t own cars in 1913. In those days, the city of Sault Ste. Siberia was small enough that you could walk anywhere you needed to go. Or maybe you had a horse-drawn buggy. And was there a street-car? I wonder how the citizens of Sault Ste. Siberia did on the night of the White Hurricane. I am pretty sure that there weren’t a whole lot of car accidents because I’m pretty sure there weren’t a whole lot of residents who owned cars. My grandfather certainly owned an automotive vee-hickle well before I was born and and I remember riding with both my grandparents many times. But not in 1913.

I’ve been loving having the Lyme Lounge hanging out in the Landfill driveway but I think we’ll be taking it up to its winter berth this weekend. Wonder if my grandparents could have conceived of this particular scenario…


4 Responses to “The S word… You know the one…”

  1. Marquis Says:

    Haven’t you used that photo already?

  2. Margaret Says:

    Snow–oh, I’m hoping for last year with none here in the lowlands, but lots in the mountains for the skiers and snowboarders. I hate the thought of driving in it, but more importantly, Alison doing so–since she now lives fairly close to Mount Baker.

  3. Sam Says:

    Love the unearthly glow photo. Love the story. Good thing we didn’t grow up during horse-and-buggy days, I keep thinking….

  4. Paulette Says:

    Snowing here this morning and loving it. Not much. I am ready for it. The wood is split and stacked and the new dog likes to walk in it. Great story, Anne.