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([personal profile] evilhippo Feb. 1st, 2011 08:15 pm)
As a lifelong midwesterner, I'm naturally a skeptic about big snow storms. Everyone is always "Oh! Lots of snow tonight!" "Oh, it's going to be a blizzard." And then in the morning there are three inches or less and it's just mildly inconvenient.

But! Finally, it looks like we have one that's going to live up to the hype. Part of Wrigley Field blew off, there are already two-foot snow drifts in my backyard, you couldn't see three feet out the bus window on the way home... it's pretty awesome.

However, my skeptic's instinct remained in effect in regards to the forecast for "15-20 foot waves"... until recently, when I came across this: "A lakefront flood warning went into effect at 6 p.m. because of the possibility of 25-foot wind-whipped waves crashing through the ice along the shore and washing over Lake Shore Drive."

I already walked almost a mile in this. Someone please remind me that it's a bad idea to walk out to the lake and see. No matter how much I want to. (But seriously, when else am I going to get to see 25-foot waves on Lake Michigan?? I have boots! And a down coat! I can make it, right?)

I also need to stop treating tonight like tomorrow's a snow day. Even though the courts are closed and the Chicago Public Schools are closed and every business in the area is closed, the CTA is still running and it was made clear to me that, if there's a way for me to get to work tomorrow, I'm expected to be there. Sigh. Maybe my doors will freeze closed (and then I'll climb out the window and play--the last blizzard I remember was like, 1993, and it was so much fun. I mean, I was 8, but whatever. It's not like snow is any different now. Even if I'm technically expected to work. If Lake Shore freezes solid because of those waves it's fair to say I can't make it to work, right? Even though it's entirely possible for me to get to work on the train...)

Edit (A few minutes later)... Just went outside and the door froze behind me. Maybe not trying that again. Maybe grabbing a can of lock de-icer and my boots...
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