Friday, January 08, 2010

Snowy Cambridge

We had our first snowstorm in Boston, as I mentioned above. We got about a foot in about half a day. It was windy, creating big snow clouds, just as you’d imagine in a blizzard. Technically, we were only in a winter storm, but just a few miles away on the Cape they got a blizzard.

But we were prepared. We put on our sweaters, our down coats, our minus thirty degree snowboots and trudges to that mecca of heartwarming beverages, Starbucks. We noticed along the way that we passed nearly ten snow plows. In fact, as we crossed Broadway to enter Starbucks it was being plowed (the snow was still falling) and as we crossed it again when we were leaving an hour later, it was being plowed again, in the same spot. They were already working back through it (and don’t be fooled by the name, Broadway is not a heavily used street, especially on Sundays). Even the path we walk on was plowed.

What we noticed is that a lot of people have plows they attach to the front of their regular pickup trucks (and there are big bulldozer looking plows too). Some people have then attached to lawmower looking motors. Dads and their kids were out plowing like crazy. It seems like there must be some sort of contractor system set up for this, unless these people are all just altruists.
Anyway, it was amazing. A few hours after the snow fell, our street was completely cleared (big snowbanks on the side, though). Granted, the police station is just down the street, so I’m sure we were targeted early, but I get the sense that most every road in Cambridge was clear by the next morning. There were no delays for Trina getting to school, or at the airport anyway. We were on our way rejoicing.

1 comment:

Jocelyn said...

Nothing like Starbucks on a cold snowy day! Or a warm day, or a rainy day, or any day... :)