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A reflection on snow

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Written by Jared Riemer

Posted on 02 February 2014

As you have all undoubtedly noticed, there has been a little bit of snow lately. While snow can be pretty to look at, surely we are all in agreement that is hasn't been the nicest thing to trudge through on your way to class. If you are currently pulling off your wet freezing socks in a futile attempt to save your frostbitten toes, then know you aren't the only student on campus; others can commiserate and share your pain. The ice is cold, wet, annoying and yet for some reason we all still love it a little bit (well some of us do), for no other reason than the wind seems to disappear while it is snowing.

When we were little, we all idolized snow. There were a variety of reasons for this but the most prominent was because we saw it as a chance of freedom. With snow comes snow days, something even adults look forwards to. Who wouldn't rather be spending their afternoon building snowmen and pelting their friends with lumpy chunks of cold wet snow? However, this is something that Mines students can only dream about. After the false alarm a few months back we have all come to the conclusion that the school refuses to let us live out our childish dreams of the snow. Instead we have been forced into cage like rooms to listen to teachers drone on about something not nearly as interesting as the snow. Meanwhile outside we can see children running across Kafadar Commons, whether or not these children are real or just our childhood being remembered is a mystery.

If you grew up somewhere warmer, perhaps inside a volcano or in Texas, and the snow seems completely and utterly strange to you, well then...get use to it because we could be getting more snow as late as May. Welcome to Colorado, the land of bipolar weather, where it can go from snowing to 80°F in just a few hours. If you don't understand how that can even be possible then don't worry because you definitely are not the only person who is wondering. Colorado was blessed (or cursed) with this crazy weather so unless you figure out how to control the weather (don't forget, this is Mines there is a chance it could actually happen) you are just going to have to put up with it. So head outside and make something of it, but not a snowman because it is to dry for that...or snowballs because they won't stick together. Basically, our snow is pointless for anything other than blowing around and making us all cold and miserable. If you want some better snow then you have two choices: either wait a few days for the snow to soften into a weird squishy mush or move to Canada. There is nothing you can do to avoid the snow without leaving Golden so just keep on going and hope it will disappear soon, hopefully without taking your extremities with it.

So with snow all around us there is just one thing left to do; go fill your travel mug with warm hot chocolate or coffee and head off to class.
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