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Speaking of the Weather

February 28, 2010   The year before I arrived at Hamilton, the college had a snow day. It was the first time in about 30 years that Hamilton closed for weather.

As I began my day on Thursday, the paths were all clear and snow was lightly falling. By noon, the snowplows couldn't keep up and most of campus was covered in snow.

When it rains, it can downpour, but usually snow is more gentle than that. However, yesterday we had a legitimate snow downpour.

Once I got out of orchestra at 9 p.m. and couldn't actually separate the piles of snow from the path to my dorm I started to think something big was happening. I stood outside List Art Center trying to map my walk back to my dorm — less than 100 feet away.

I picked what I thought was the best route and started trucking. About halfway there, I put my right foot down in the show and it didn't stop falling until my knee was covered in snow!

Usually, even if there is a large snowfall in the evening, I wake up in the morning, look out the window, and see that Physical Plant has already cleared all the pathways.

However, Friday morning at 7 a.m., I was woken up by my phone receiving a text message. Angry at whoever was waking me from my dream about landing on Mars, I got up and looked at the text. It was a message from Hamilton College stating that the college would open at 9:30 a.m. that morning and classes would resume at 10.

I was sitting in bed and silently cheered to myself until I realized — in no way shape or form did this affect me at all; the only class I have on Fridays is Advanced Photography from 1-4 p.m.

The only benefit of all the snow for me? This weekend has been packed with snowball fights and snowmen. One group of guys even built a snow fortress!

Today, the excitement of the snow has been wearing off as it melts away in the sunlight. However, this isn't the last we will see of snow for the year. Who knows — it may even snow in April again!