Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Central Heat Isn't Anything To Sneeze At, Either

One thing I have grown to adore about Seattle, and my neighborhood specifically, is snow days. It snows in Seattle about twice every winter. I can only describe the feeling as gleeful. How many things in your life can you describe with that word? Well, I don't have many, so I appreciate this.

When it snows in Seattle, pretty much everything shuts down. The city can't be counted on to prep the roads, so people really can't drive. Busses can't run with any reliability. People are pretty much bound to where they can safely walk.

Luckily, I live in Capitol Hill. I live above a sushi restaurant, a pizza place, and a Panera. This is nothing compared to the plethora of tasty restaurants that are on blocks besides mine. I also live within walking distance of three grocery stores, so I have no skin in this snow game.

HD and I telecommute on snow days, something we don't get to do together any other time of year. We wake up, have some coffee/tea, work for a while, and then get bundled up to head out for lunch.

Normally Capitol Hill is a busy, bustling destination for tourists and locals alike. There's a lot to do in this charming neighborhood. But when it snows, the Hill his left only to those who live here (or, if they're lucky enough, people who were stranded at their friends' houses).

One of the best things to do is walk on side streets wherever you're headed. They aren't plowed. You can walk in the middle of the street because you can pretty much bank on the fact that there won't be a car coming anytime soon.

I do realize that not everyone is as blessed with a job that lets them telecommute in such circumstances. People are terribly inconvenienced by these snow storms, and in great numbers. But that just means I appreciate this novelty even more.