Greg Cook's storm pics from Seattle prompted me to post a few pics a buddy of mine sent from Albuquerque this week. As Jesse Cloud has pointed out a few times, the area around Albuquerque has gotten more snow than they've had for decades, so it's an unusual event.
My buddy Jeff has a good eye for carving (he does wood gnomes), and he started out making a snow monster in the yard, and ended up with Nanook of the North. Here's the story he told me:
I was thinking about my 8th grade social studies class where we saw a movie called Nanook of the North. It got me to thinking about eskimos...and one thing led to another (I guess I should just stay away from the snow shovel in the future). I think I freaked out a woman who was skiing past my house. I turned from this giant head I was carving as she was passing (I had a huge butcher knife in my hand). She swiftly turned around and went back the way she had come.
He apparently inspired the neighnor kids, because they built an igloo, and even spent the night in it the first night:
Here in SoCal, we've had some very high winds and a bit of damage, but today it's sunny, calm t-shirt weather. The only real evidence of the winds last night was that a dozen or so oranges had been pre-harvested and were waiting for me on the ground this morning.