Why We’re Different

In Maine, winter is not dreaded – it’s celebrated.  As I write this, the second major storm of winter is blanketing us with gobs of snow, and we are locked in until the snowplow guy gets here (but having planned for this, we’re fine and loving it).  Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, so I’m sure I’ll have a literal “field day” photographing the winter wonderland.  Stay tuned!

The only other storm this winter was Dec. 26, and two days later all but an inch of snow had melted, due to unseasonably warm temperatures in the 50s.  Lately it’s been plenty cold – but not a snowflake in sight.

In anticipation of today’s storm, yesterday I did some grocery shopping and picked up our mail at the post office.  No, the market was not filled with panic-stricken yankees buying enough milk, bread and toilet paper to last until the year 2015.

Our postmistress was suffering from the exact opposite of cabin fever.  “I’m just beside myself,” she wailed. “The kids are going crazy with the lack of snow this year.  How am I supposed to keep them entertained if they can’t go sledding, snowmobiling, or skiing?”  She mentioned that Wednesday would be a half day for schoolchildren.  “Because of the storm?” I asked.  “No,” she replied, “Wednesday we have a Ski Day.”

The schools in my county schedule three Ski Days each winter.  The children are bused to local ski resorts and any winter activities there – cross-country or downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, or tubing – are provided free of charge.

The following item was in today’s news:

Massive Snowball Fight Planned In Portland

Event Taking Place At 3 P.M.

POSTED: 1:50 pm EST January 12, 2011
UPDATED: 2:00 pm EST January 12, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — A massive snowball fight is planned for Wednesday afternoon in Portland.The event surfaced on Facebook, and as of 2 p.m., at least 90 people say they are going to show up at Deering Oaks Park for the event.People are urged to wear goggles and to dress warmly. Just head to the bridge in Deering Oaks Park at 3 p.m.

Take that, New York!

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One response to this post.

  1. From the Portland Press Herald: Asked if he planned to declare a state of emergency, (Maine Governor Paul) LePage scoffed. “It’s Maine! It’s a winter day in Maine,” he said.

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