The title of this post is from a French song we sang way back in high school. It translates to “Winter, you are a villain.” Just looked it up on a website and learned it could also translate to “Winter, you are unpleasant.” I love the song, it’s very angry and pretty at the same time. Course I had no idea how much Winter could be a villain at that time, because I didn’t have to drive a car.
Today was another one of those white-knuckled mornings after I woke up and realized we were presented with the gift of more snow. Literally bumper-to-bumper traffic, too. What usually takes me ten minutes to get to work took almost a half hour. I finally braved the less plowed shortcut and finally was on my way. I felt brave and victorious. What was funny and probably made me a little less tense on the road was that the song “Electric Avenue” was playing on my cassette player. “We gonna rock on to electric avenue, and then we’ll take it higher.” Remember that song? Love it. Anyway, once I was safe at work I actually managed to salvage some wonder for the snow and took a photo of the picnic table in the back of our building where people usually take smoke breaks.
The ride back home wasn’t any picnic. That was more treacherous than the ride to work. Some guy thought that, with the traffic coming at him, including my car, it would be a good time to pull out into traffic. Well by the time he/she decided it was a bad idea, I had mistakenly slammed on my brakes, only to swerve left, right, to and fro. No collisions, though. But dang it if I didn’t look in my mirror and see a bunch of SUVs way too close for comfort considering the streets were encrusted with icy snow. Why people? Why must you hug bumpers during this snowy month? I realize your truck is bigger and good for you. Is it a power trip to hover over the smaller cars like the stench of impending doom? WTF? Get off my freaking bumper you crazy mother fu….(deep breath)…I’m okay now. ;)
I have to say, the swear words that left my mouth at that moment today must be floating around in the air somewhere. So don’t be scared if you hear them sometime during the night.
Oh and before this current “lake effect” magic, we had that other snow storm. Here is a photo my mom took of me standing in front of one of the snow heaps. Course this was after the plows pushed all the snow higher, but still. It’ll take awhile to melt that thang. The snow heap, not me.
And finally, here is my drawring of the evil, fat groundhog who screwed us yet again this year. Just once I’d like the animal to come out and actually have the power to shorten the Winter season. Just a smidgen.
I felt I needed to point out that this drawing was of a groundhog. He looks a bit like a cat. But then again every animal I draw comes out looking like a cat. Hmm. Weird.