Awhile back my dad was telling us how his snowblower broke quite some time ago. My sister asked, "Why didn't you get it fixed?"
"Well what with global warming and all, there seemed to be no point," he responded.
He may be right, but I think the planet might still have a few good snowfalls left in it. Not that I have any right to talk: my snowblower is also broken and has been so since last year. It's not completely broken -- just the electric starter is broken. Unfortunately I am apparently not tall enough to start it manually. Or not strong enough, or not coordinated enough, or something.
Fortunately shoveling is good for me, and actually I generally enjoy shoveling. The problem is that I don't always enjoy shoveling, just when it's convenient. If only I could convince the weather to only snow when I feel like shoveling, and when I don't have to hurry to work.
I had a lovely day yesterday, the last day of 2004. Accomplished several things I've been putting off, picked up A from the airport (albeit unexpectedly), visited 2 excellent parties, had plenty of tasty food, and spent time with a bunch of good friends. Definitely the best way to say goodbye to last year.
The only thing I haven't done is eat any black-eyed peas. (According to southern lore, you are supposed to eat black-eyed peas on the first day of the year in order to have luck all year.) I even have a can of them in my kitchen, but it seems silly to open it up -- there's no way I'd eat a whole can's worth, and I don't want to waste it. I suspect that wasting black-eyed peas is probably even unluckier than just not eating them at all.
At any rate, even without the black-eyed peas, I am hoping that this year brings us all health, strength, love, and happiness.