The first full day we spent in Denver after landing saw ten inches of snow. And us and our little chicks without a stitch of winter clothing. So after some quick digging in the grandparents basement and some bits of finish from Target (happy wife), we chucked the kids out in it like fish under the limit. So for those Ecuadorian friends without any experience, here's a short photo primer on what one does when it's too white to stay inside…
Nothing will make an old man's back seize up in paroxysmic spasms than a foot of fresh, heavy snow. But give a man a snowblower, and watch him skip meals as he happily blows out all the neighbors in a half-mile radius. Sure the stock market's down, he's upside down on his house, and work stinks and barely pays the bills, but what of those things when he can sweep away winter's worst like Paul Bunyon felling a forest. What hath God wrought, indeed.
A child's first instinct, on the other hand, is less waging war and more waging peace. This is called "making snow angels," and when done properly leaves a silhouette precisely like those on the fronts of hymnals and entrances to FAO Schwartz stores at Christmastime.
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These are from a series of snow polar bear sculptures in Vail Village. We actually know the artist, Karl Krueger. He's world famous in Vail. He's really an architect, but he does this stuff to annoy his wife. We all like him better when he does bears, though, so you can help us all out by buying a commemorative miniature of one of the bears that won't even melt. Check this out. Call him and tell him he should give you a special deal because you saw it here. It'll work; he's an artist, not a businessman.
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Ecuador, producer of the best cocoa in the world, can take credit for children in cold climates doing anything at all outside in the cold. Because this is the only reason that they do.