Blizzard 2011

Out side around 8 or so...notice the areas NOT covered in snow...

So here we are, broadcasting from Chicago, IL and reporting on the Blizzard of 2011!  Officially the most snow I have ever seen in my LIFE!  I’m sure everybody has been watching the news and keeping up with the blizzard that swept through the North West so I won’t recount how terrible the wind was, with gusts up to 55 mph.  And I won’t tell you that we got around 2 feet of snow, or how at 11.40am it is still falling at around 3″ per hour.  I’m not gonna waste valuable word count reiterating how Chicago Public Transit has come to an almost complete halt, with some of the El’ lines (Brown Line—Colin’s way into work) not even running and Lake Shore Drive littered with abandoned cars.  There is no need to talk about snow drifts that have almost completely covered cars and that the further out of the down town area you go the less likely you will find a snow plowed road.

These poor guys are trying to clear our walk way but wait till we get out a mere 2 hours later!

Instead, I would like to talk about how cool it is that in my first year of living in Chicago I get a snow day!  We get these periodically in Dallas, Texas but instead of snow we get ice, and of course that is a lot more dangerous.  Apparently, here in Chicago they don’t do snow days…ha!  The Texan moves north and NOW you Northerners get a snow day!  Since I’m a sales man or “sales woman” for all you that are politically correct out there, I am really appreciative that I don’t have to get out and walk through all this stuff.

The Street....

Kalie on the other hand, is LOVING it!  She literally swims through the drifts and enjoys jumping from bank to bank.  Since our apartment faces the street we can see all the people walking around in it.  The street is covered with snow and you can’t drive through it, you have to literally dig yourself out as you drive along.  This is so crazy to think about and frankly amazing to see.

Kalie got to play with a Schnauzer...

I’ve always seen on TV or heard about the huge snow falls up North, in Boston, Main and New York but I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.  We talked with my In-Laws today via Skype and Mrs. Pam showed us pictures of her back yard and it is comical compared to the snow that we have.  Of course then my next thought is, “And Dallas shuts down for less.  They would think it was the apocalypse if they got all this!”

Colin knee deep in the snow

I’ll keep ya’ll updated.  I’m posting pictures AND video so if you have slow connections beware that it might take a minute to watch it.  I think we should collectively gather round with a cup of Coco, a good book or great movie, Papaw’s heater blanket (thank you Mamaw!) and “hunker down” as my Mother would say.  We’re not going anywhere kiddos, maybe tomorrow will yield yet another snow day!!

Signing off in Lakeview, Chicago, IL this is the Cumbie Clan!

***More pictures in the gallery!!***

Video Links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV-PiihpkDA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifCmD50vpM

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