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The patron saint of the Internet

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

I’m not Catholic. I don’t even pretend to remotely understand all the idols and saints and every concept that seems foreign and weird to my brain and my limited religious upbringing. However, this is where I draw the line. There is a patron saint of the Internet. What?! Or as one of the other editors put it, “So, he also gets to look over the 1 percent of the Internet that’s porn? Sounds like a great job.”

Where’s the snow?

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

This weekend was the first time since Thanksgiving I spent signficant amounts of time off campus and outside Kent. As I was driving I noticed everyone’s Christmas lights are up. The radio station kept interrupting the songs I wanted to hear with Christmas songs. Finding a parking spot at Target yesterday was near impossible.

Ah, it’s definitely Christmas time. Yet, despite all these signs, I’m having a really hard time getting into the spirit. I thought maybe it was because I’m stressed about graduating and finding a job. I mean, this major life change is forefront in my mind about 80 percent of the time these days. However, I realized yesterday this wasn’t the case at all. I need snow for it to feel like Christmas. Where’s the snow?!

This is Ohio, and yet, we haven’t had one decent snow fall in the Kent or Akron area yet this year. (About a month back there was a really nice one up by Geneva, which happened to be on the day I was doing one of the wine-tasting trips. Combined with the beautiful vineyards and forests, it was absolutely beautiful.) My freshman year, I distinctly remember it snowed Oct. 1. (I remember because I was late to an appointment, didn’t look at the weather and rushed out into the cold in a T-shirt with no time to turn back.) This is by far the warmest November and December I can recall. Until this weekend, I hadn’t worn my winter coat but three times. In fact, most days a light sweater or hoodie kept me plenty warm.

This weekend, however, it took a turn toward the cold. Kent’s status as a wind tunnel was resumed as high winds knocked out power in neighboring communities and temperatures dropped into the 20s and felt like the low teens. Still… there is no snow. If it’s going to be cold, as far as I see it, there ought to be snow to at least make it pretty. My philosophy has always been, there’s a limited time window when snow is acceptable and nice to have. That time is between Thanksgiving and New Years. After Jan. 1, the snow just gets annoying. By that time, it’s been hanging around long enough to gather pollution, turn into mush and leave a layer of white salt on the bottom of your car, shoes and pants. But right now… I really want some snow.