Wednesday, February 3, 2010

There's No Business Like Snow Business

THE ONLY WINTRY WHITE I’ve seen this past several weeks is in the snowdrops springing up in my backyard. With Olympic dreams due to kick off on February 12th, Mother Nature, in a strange twist of fate, didn't repeat the heavy snow conditions of the previous year. Instead, it has given Vancouver what might be its warmest January on record. Consequently, organizers were forced to bring in snow from higher elevations to where the events will take place. Cost for this extra work isn’t clear. But as Kahlil Gibran profoundly once said: “We often borrow from our tomorrows to pay our debts to our yesterdays.”


  1. Love the title of this post, the perfect photo, and the subdued but all the more potent reminder that we will remember these olympics for a whole host of reasons, some of them more concrete than others.

  2. Good observation, Penelope. I'm with you. Well, okay, not in person, and I envy you your flowers. But I'm with you in spirit. One wonders how a city on the "wet" coast can promise snow to so many athletes, and at what cost to its citizens meanwhile.


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