It's Not Christmas If The Snow Don't Fall

It's officially the holiday season, and I can't lie to you, it's a bit weird not to have freezing cold weather and snow. However, I hear the midwest (or at least Minnesota) is lacking in the white stuff as well, and I'd actually wager a bet that I've seen more snow in the past couple of weeks than a lot of people in Twin Cities. Some natural, and some fake.




Snowfest 2011


The fake snow came first, when we went to Hermosa Beach to check out Snowfest 2011. Manmade snow - sixty tons of it - was dumped onto a stretch of Pier Avenue, one block from the ocean, and formed into a "slope" (their word, not mine) for snowboarders to ride and do tricks. It was the perfect day, seventy degrees and not a cloud in sight, and I walked around in sandals, watching little kids excitedly pick up the snow and form snowballs. Admittedly not quite the same vibe as Minnesnowta, but as with most things in southern California, I'll take it.




Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011

Snowfest 2011



As the sun went down, we walked from the snow to the beach and stood on the pier watching kids partake in the time-honored tradition of sand dune sledding.



Sand Dune Sledding in Hermosa Beach


Who needs real winter when you have a little imagination and enthusiasm? I still have to try out that dune sledding thing for myself. I will report back.









The second kind of snow was all nature's work. About a week ago, rain poured down for a day straight in the LA Basin, and while it was all water in the valleys and hills, it came in the form of fluffy white stuff up in the mountains.



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It still has not ceased to amaze me that I live so close to mountains, and yet there they are, rising up in front of me every day on my way to work. Sometimes they're completely obscured by clouds, but on clear days they tower over the hills and stand out in sharp contrast to the bright blue sky. It sent a little tingle down my spine to see them capped with snow; even though almost all of it had melted by the end of the day, it will start sticking as we get further in to winter, and I can't wait to take the 2 (freeway) straight up into the mountains and find me a spot to make a snowman. I'm not entirely sure that's possible, but I'll do my best to make it happen.

We're heading home for Christmas in five days, so if you could help me out by actually producing some white, fluffy goodness, dear ol' Minnesota, I'd much apreesh. Gracias.

Some things I'm diggin' right now:

:: Lookalikes (make sure you look at all of them)

:: The single best thing we can do for our health

:: The most intense taekwondo fight ever

:: Stephen Colbert doing ballet

:: Another reason why I am fan of Brian Williams

:: The song "Mistletoe" by Colbie Caillat (the title of this post is courtesy of this song):


Happy Saturday!