Well, we got another couple inches of snow after I went to bed last night and now I really can't get out. There is about six inches of snow in the alley and my low-riding Spyder is just not built for trekking through that kind of snow. I called the office about 7 am and took a vacation day.
Days like today remind me of the very best snow day I ever had in my life: Snowy Drinky. Yup, it was so good we named it. It was probably 1999 or 2000. My friends and I all lived in a small, artistic, eclectic neighborhood in town called Soulard. Our apartments were scattered all over the neighborhood but since it covers less than a square mile we were never very far away from one another. At any given time you could expect a knock on your door and an invitation to go for a run or an invitation to go for a drink. You just never knew who or what would be waiting for you when you answered the door. It was a really good time in my life and some days I miss all of us living so close in such an interesting place.
Anyway, we had gotten a ton of snow. My office called early and said not to come in. Damn near everything in the city closed and before I knew it my cousin and our friend Julie were also home for the day. The three of us decided to get bundled up and walk around the neighborhood to see what was up (aka Nosy Parker Patrol). We walked up to the little grocery store in the 'hood and bought a 12-pack and cruised on foot. We made snow angels and helped people push cars that had gotten stuck. At one point we decided we needed bloody marys so abandoned the 12-pack in a snow bank and went into a favorite watering hole for a couple hours. If my recollection is accurate, other people joined us as the day went on.
We had a ball that day. As we took on additional responsibilities over time - better jobs, husbands, wives, real estate - most of us moved away from Soulard and are now even more scattered so the possibility of another Snowy Drinky happening is slim but is sure was fun while it lasted.
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