- Ulla had a snow day at work so we had an extra day together.
- We went for a walk at the Fells and, as always, were captivated by the beauty and tranquility of the woods in winter.
- I just love snow!
Adversity does seem to bring out the best in people. Remember after 9/11 when there were a lot of articles about how people were suddenly being nice to one another? That's great, although at the time (and now) I couldn't help but think "Why does it take an emergency or tragedy for people to treat each other decently?"
Snowstorms capture this in a nutshell. For all the great things people did to help one another, there's a residue of the all-too-typical self-centered cluelessness that makes life more difficult and stressful than it needs to be. Take a look at the photo (you'll see a bigger version if you click on it) for a great example: this person took the time to shovel around the fire hydrant, but couldn't be bothered shoveling the remaining 10 feet to the left to finish their part of the sidewalk. I guess they're concerned about their own house (don't want it to burn down) but not concerned about pedestrians (of whom there are actually a fair number around us, between the students walking to Tufts, the many people with dogs, and the folks who run).
Of course, at least these people shoveled half their sidewalk: even now, two days later, some people haven't touched their sidewalks, even though their driveways are shoveled. Mind you, this is a minority (and Medford is far better in this regard than Needham, where I lived previously). Others only bothered taking care of themselves, shoveling the sidewalk only from their driveways to their front doors, leaving half the sidewalk covered.
At least I didn't see what I saw quite frequently in Needham: people would use snowplows to clear out their driveways, piling huge piles up that completely blocked the sidewalk.
I understand that people have a lot of things on their minds. We've created a high-pressure, go-go-go society and it's difficult to find time. But we could go a long way toward a more civil society if we would just try to see things from other people's perspective. Like, for example, from the pedestrian's point of view.