The Radical White



Photo © 2010 Brian Saner Lamken.

Here's my mom's house as it looked this afternoon. See that shovel at photo right? The snow-covered mound between it and the tree is my car; behind that is my grandparents' car, which never got dug out from the storm last weekend.

I-76 was closed, as were the Blue Route and the Schuylkill, which won't mean much unless you used to live 'round here.

We actually got thunder during the blizzard, like the wind and snow weren't enough. The local news is, of course, having a field day, because they can justifiably hype this as historic — official tallies at the Philadelphia airport are 70+" of snow this season, 42.5" in the past five days. On the network and cable news, there appears to be a showdown of the would-be-clever headlines between "Snowmaggedon" and "Snowpocalypse"; both sound too negative to me, so I'm going with "Snowffleupagus".

25 comments:

El Qué said...

"Snowffleupagus"! YES!!!

El Qué said...

PS: I like the new logo (ahem, finally). Happy Anniversary!?!

Joan Crawford said...

Cute house! You Pennsylvanians are such babies though, really. Oooh! 42 inches in five days - we are winter warriors! Bah! Up here - it's too Goddamn cold to snow most of the time and yet you see babies and old people out for brisk walks. Shame on you. Shame!

Stefan Blitz said...

Site looks great!

Blam said...

Thanks, Stefan! You too, LK... And Joan: I'd say "bite me" but you probably would.

Teebore said...

Ha, I'm with you Joan. We Minnesotans have been watching with wry amusement the last couple weeks as the rest of the country deals with what we call "winter", and you Canadians put even us to shame.

Oh, and Blam, one of our local radio stations likes to use "Snownami" when the weathermen start to get all excited about an approaching storm. I've always liked that one, though Snowffleupagus is a contender.

Blam said...

At the risk of sounding defensive, all I did was post a picture and say "Check it, yo." Did I complain? Uh-uh. I just pointed out that we have empirically received record-breaking snowfall this week. Then Joan jumped down my throat, on the pretext of touting how cold it is "up there" but, I suspect, actually trying to see where my witty comments come from.

Teebore said...

Ha! Fair enough. :)

Blam said...

I think I see a new DC crossover event, Teebore: Whitest Day / Blackest Ice.

Joan Crawford said...

"record-breaking snowfall"


Yeah, for babies.

Blam said...

Says the woman who measures snowfall by putting an actual baby outside and seeing how deeply it gets buried.

Blam said...

By the way, I'm watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and none of your fellow Canadians seem to be zombies*.
*okay, Celine Dion

Joan Crawford said...

"...putting an actual baby outside and seeing how deeply it gets buried."


Yeah, it's Canada! What do you think, we have thermometers?


That Celine...and her weird Magic Genie of a husband.

Jenn said...

Haha. An entire post about weather! :)

Thanks goodness there hasn't been quite that much snow here where I am, but last year—we looked just like that, and got inundated with words such as "snowmaggedon," snowpocolyps," and even…"weather-bomb."

Also, Celine is Canada's favourite crazy-face-arm-waving-while-singing-her-little-heart-out French Canadian Diva. She scares me. A lot:)

El Qué said...

Geez, Blam. You write all these brilliant reviews of movies and comics, but to get more than a few comments you apparently have to post a picture of snow (granted, it's Snowffleupagus). Although I have to imagine that Celine Dion is a conversation-killer.

Joan Crawford said...

...Celine Dion is a conversation-killer.

Only in America;)

My husband had to go to California for work (or so he says) once and one of the selling points of the trip from his Francophone boss was "Hey, and if you have the extra time - you could go to Celine show!"

Ah, yes we were all in a twitter when she was performing in Vegas. A twitter, I tell you!

El Qué said...

You can have her back, Joan. Really.

El Qué said...

HA-HA! Vancouver doesn't have enough snow!

Joan Crawford said...

You! Well - we are tirelessly gathering hay bales to lay down and then cover with snow. Tirelessly! Please ignore the wonky Olympic flame thing during the opening ceremonies too.
Apparently Pennsylvania didn't get the memo that it is bad karma to pick on Canada?

AchingHope said...

Snowffleupagus... This is my new favorite word.

And I didn't realize you could use babies as thermometers. This is important information to know, for when I one day have babies.

Blam said...

And I didn't realize you could use babies as thermometers.
You can if you're Joan. I hear she runs down to the neonatal ward the moment she gets the chills just so she can stick a preemie under her tongue.

Joan Crawford said...

I hear she runs down to the neonatal ward the moment she gets the chills just so she can stick a preemie under her tongue.

Says the guy who is my ride to the hospital.


VW: bunberse

An acceptable replacement for "boil". I believe you call it a synonym.

"Hey guys, check out my sweet bunberse! First in line gets to lance it!"

Blam said...

Says the guy who is my ride to the hospital.
We really should take this on the road.
You're in charge of the salad. (Callback!)

El Qué said...

we are tirelessly gathering hay bales to lay down and then cover with snow

Roll, roll, roll in ze hay...

El Qué said...

The Snowffleupagus has descended upon us once more. Aren't you glad you finally got your car dug out?