05 December 2007

That time of year again


If you're in the District and have been outside in the past three hours, you well know we are in the midst of our first adorable snowfall.

Look, I know it's annoying, I know it's something you have to endure year after year, but you have to understand, as transplanted Upper Midwesterners, it's an implicit duty we have to relentlessly condescend to those who have only lived in temperate areas about just how gosh darn awful their Winter weather hardships are.

Thus, even though I long ago adopted a lightweight's tolerance when it comes to frigid temperatures, what you see outside will always be, to me, more adorable than it is any of the menacing adjectives I heard Mr. Weather Channel use this morning.

What is not particularly adorable, however, is the shag-carpet of salt I found installed on both the blacktop and sidewalk surfaces of my city this morning. I realize its function is to preempt whatever snowy shenanigans we DCers could get ourselves into with the half-inch of accumulation, but come on, city workers, there's gotta be a 5-1 salt-to-snow ratio on the corner of 17th and M.

In the name of stiletto preservation, I would make sure to get your 'Since I don't (yet)' regulars weather-proofed (any of the cobblers mentioned here will surely provide this service), and if you happen to be Hot Redhead Lawyer someone who only owns 'Sugar Daddy' shoes, bless your heart and please to boot your commute and carry those precious pairs in a securely zipped-up shoulder bag.

Because we all remember what happens to salty shoes, right?

11 comments:

Lindsay said...

Ooooh... I wish we had snow here... but its still about 50 outside :(

dc girl said...

I just went outside on my lunch break and the little snow we had at 9am is now gone. Such is Winter in DC!

okemos pal said...

I laughed out loud picturing you in Science Olympiad practice. It seriously sounds like a storyline in a John Hughes movie - as someone rightly pointed out back in Feb.

I can actually hear your heels click click clicking their way around the linoleum floor in Ms. H's classroom.

dedicated reader said...

For the second time this month, I saw you on my lunch hour and you were wearing the tallest, skinniest heels on the block and probably in the entire city. How in the world do you get around in those, especially in this weather???

Cute red tights, btw ;)

Anonymous said...

I wish this post had come a few days ago. Just ruined a brand new pair of suede pumps. Hopefully it's not too late to salvage them!

half kidding said...

I vote for a new, more covered up profile picture. Every time I upload your site and a guy is around, they're always asking me who you are and if you're a friend of mine. I just point to their wedding bands and shoo them back to their desks. Maybe something a big chunky sweater next time?

half kidding said...

I meant to write "something LIKE a big chunky sweater next time?"

Anonymous said...

don't shoo them away on our dear blogger's account, half kidding. that type is the butter with which she likes to smear her bread, so to speak ;-)

brown bride to be said...

ugh, go away 3:48.

helen said...

this is going to sound like I'm kissing your ass, but believe me when I say it's not meant to come across like that. when I clicked on the link back to your February post (which was great), I had no idea you've been blogging this much for this long. that's really impressive. I don't agree with you on everything, but after discovering today that you've been writing so prolifically for almost a full year...it's hard not to have a crush on that kind of dedication.

raising my coffee mug to you,
Helen

Alexandra said...

I live in Canada thus feel justified to point nad laugh at anyone compalining of snow pretty much anywhere else. Still, the toll salt takes on my footwear is heart breaking. Some snow-heavy years ( and this looks like one of them) no amount of lotions nad potions and loving care can help.