Snow Day!

It’s snowing! Hard. I hope it doesn’t stop. Until the cars parked on the side of the street are buried. And the ski resorts can turn off their snow making guns.

Breakfast at Palace Diner
Breakfast at Palace Diner

Snow is beautiful. It’s such an interesting phenomenon. It brightens everything up. It freshens the air. It makes dirty chais from Bard Coffee taste better. Snow makes riding down a mountain strapped to a snowboard a much more pleasant experience than if it weren’t there (I’m guessing).

Winter driving in Saco
Winter driving in Saco

To my fellow Mainers who complain about the snow I have a question and a bit of advice.

Why don’t you move? Winters in Maine are cold and usually snowy. There are other parts of the world where this is not the case. I moved to Maine knowing it gets cold, and I love it. You might as well live in a place suited to your personal climate preferences.

Custom House Street in Portland, Maine
Custom House Street in Portland, Maine

Take up a winter sport or activity. I’ve loved snow since I was a kid growing up in Alaska. I also remember with fondness heavy snows when I lived in Colorado, Massachusetts, Idaho and Utah. I like it. However, since recently taking up snowboarding again I can’t wait for it to snow and silently loathe the long periods without snow. There are many activities that can’t be done in summer, or a snowless winter. Start doing them and you’ll quickly learn to appreciate the differences of all our seasons here in Maine.

Milk Street in Portland, Maine
Milk Street in Portland, Maine

I lived in Kansas for far too long. For many reasons I did not like it there. So I moved to Maine. It snows in Kansas, but because there aren’t hills there are very few snow activities besides building snow people. This means we got all of the cons and none of the pros. Thankfully, in Maine there are LOTS of pros to snow (think snowboarding).

Exchange Street in Portland, Maine
Exchange Street in Portland, Maine

This morning it started snowing early. Saco schools are closed so the girls are staying at home. Because Skye was up I asked her to go with me to breakfast at our favorite diner in Biddeford, the Palace Diner. We had a great time talking and eating and just being together. After breakfast I drove her home and continued up to Portland. I parked in the garage as usual and walked in the heavily falling snow to my normal morning hangout, Bard Coffee. Sitting by the window watching the wintry activity outside while I drank my delicious dirty chai was pure bliss.

I love the snow!
I love the snow!
Excellent view from Bard Coffee
Excellent view from Bard Coffee

Now I’m at work, practically alone, watching the cars out my office window sliding around, pedestrians shielding their faces from the blowing snow, and plows tending to the roads. As I watch I consider the possibility of driving up to Shawnee Peak for some night snowboarding.

Milk Street sidewalk blanketed
Milk Street sidewalk blanketed

I love the snow.

4 Comment

  1. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    Great post and photos! As some people get depressed about the snow, I get happy. It brings me back to my childhood of digging tunnels and playing king of the mountain. For some reason it seem to never get all that cold to play outside as a kid. Winter isn’t as long if you find that winter activity. Great read! Enjoy the Bard!

    1. Exactly, Jason. It’s all about a person’s attitude. I’d love to snowshoe. Sounds like fun.

  2. Great post brent. You are always so positive. I agree. People who live in maine can’t hitch. Move to florida if u want it warm…ha ha..

    1. Thanks for the comment, Derek. I lived in Florida for a while. It has its pros, for sure, but I much prefer Maine.

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