Weraj ale: Snow in Seattle

January 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm 6 comments

I am a “snow virgin”. And “like a virgin”, I got “touched for the first time” yesterday morning. Was on my way to work when I realized I had teeny tiny pieces of white particules on my heavy jacket. I looked up, wondering what it was they were dropping now, this building that serves as a 24 hrs. parking lot and has surprised me in it’s uncanny ability to sweat at the precise moment when I’m walking under it.

That’s when I realized the oil-on-a-frying-pan sound I haven’t paid attention to till now was accompanying the white particules that keeps falling on me out of nowhere. I have assumed snow comes with rain, despite having seen it fall freely in movies, and had dreamed to be in it [how, were I to go to America, I'd like to go there on Christmas time; with the roads covered in snow, trees decorated with lights, shopping-mall doors opening and closing to let in and out shoppers in warm clothes carrying shiny bags full of gifts]. But I have atleast expected some sort of wetness to go with it. I did not know it could come down out of the blue, or “the white” to be exact, and cover you lovingly in it’s shimmering wonderfulness.

And so I did what a virgin, who has been touched for the first time, and loved it, would do. I run out. I run in. I laughed. Almost cried. I took photos. I took videos. Deleted videos, they eat your phone’s memory, and went forth to the world and shared the Herald of it’s coming. Here goes:

Sunday at 7:56 a.m.
[Facebook post]
Got only three hrs of sleep. Am looking at a 13 hrs shift. Am covered in snow. And loving it. How much do i love thee [Seattle], lemme count the ways! 1 one thousand.. 2 one thousand.. 3 one thousand..

Saturday 15 January 2012
[Twitter tweet]
Covered in snow. And loving it. Life does indeed go on.

Sunday at 12:37 p.m.
[Facebook post]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Caption reads]: Momma, I had it made.

Sunday at 7:59 p.m
[Facebook question and answer]
Friend:
How do u find ur first snow experience?
Me:
Run out. Started snapping photos taking videos. Trying to catch flakes. Then I just stood there, bathing in it and sucking-in the surrounding when this colleague of mine gathered some snow and made me a snow ball. Was so much fun. Its even …more exciting when you walk on it after it has hardened, although perhaps not as fun to drive in. Ppl have been giving me all sorts advices. (Kowing I was a “snow virgin” brought about the parent in all.) I was told how and where to walk, not to help if asked to help push a car and to pee before I left the office.

This morning
[Part of a poem]
The clouds..
are coming down
coming down in tiny pieces..
The cars are clothed
in snow
and the buses
got ankle braces..

There is more to the poem, but it is about this guy who was farting infront of me while we were rallying in support of Hilton Seattle’s “workers’ right to job security” [holding banners and chanting with hoarse voice lines like "The workers. United. Can never be defeated". "No Justice! No Peace!" and, ofcourse, about us being the ninety nine percent. (Were helping out at a millionaire's party a few weeks ago, and I heard one of them "joke" how the other was "the one percent". And i thought "Aw. How adorable!! This is how the rich make jokes!")].

And, finally, the friend’s response to the above mentioned facebook question and answer:

Sunday at 7:59pm
I feel like ‘God’ sends snow for all those he love.

Sunday at 9:23am
‎’loves’ teblo yestekakel. lol

Couldn’t agree more, bud.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. D  |  January 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Brace urself for more…..’Seattle braces for huge snowfall’..BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16601307

  • 2. gizaye  |  January 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    hay there… glad you experienced your first snow. I’m in cali and have been here for a while now and haven’t experienced ye America snow yet… plan to someday. I’ve been a lurker here for a while, reading your posts, etc.. and i just love the way you express your thoughts and surroundings so vividly. Betam yemechal…lol. So you’re in Seattle now huh? How do you like it? You know as i was reading through your posts, etc… i was blown away how strong you are to make some huge changes… from moving to ethio with your husband( from arif life too, you know) to life in cali to now in Seattle with a new life. I’ve been here longer and i’m chicken usually when it comes to change… always analyzing and dissecting, never actually making any moves. I plan to work on that… (yet another statement i’ve heard myself say before) anyhu… love that you’re writing and sharing… have a good day
    P.S
    Do dance for moi, a stranger from cali in the snow… lenem dance denishe, ebakishen…lol

  • 3. Mazzi  |  January 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Fun reading about your first experience of snow Abesheet …. something you would not have experienced in Cali for sure. Hope for the time being it continues to be fun till the novelty wears off. But when it does, and snow turns into ice it can be like how it is in the video below :-). That, you want to avoid!

  • 4. Loots J  |  January 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Look at you!! Casually hanging out with millionnaires and going back to being a kid at the drop of a snow.! You got it goin on, girlfriend ;-). All jokes aside, having lived here all my life it never occured to me what experiencing snow for the first time might be like. Good for you! Laughed when reading your friend’s warnings. Yeah we are snow wimps. Haven’t got half the stuff we need to survive anything close to what we had these past few days. By the way, I like that song “like a virgin” too. So what do snow virgins do when they know its coming? Do they lye on the ground an spread…… their arms? To be snow angels :-). Or is there more to it? And can I watch?!
    Who chooses the avatars?

  • 5. sistru  |  January 31, 2012 at 3:23 am

    -10 to your colleague for his/her akale sinkul of a contribution to your first snow experience. S/he’s supposed to throw the snowball at you, not make you one. That’s how they do it in the movies. We shouldn’t settle for less. (Possible chants for your consideration: Hollywood! No less! Or else..!)

  • 6. Margaret  |  December 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    of course like your website however you have to test the spelling on several of your posts.

    A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the reality then again I’ll certainly come back again.

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