Snow days used to be something I longed for. It meant that I would get to stay home and possibly sleep in on a weekday!

Growing up in West Texas, it did not take much to cancel school when the dreaded talk of snow crept into the news. Even reports of 2-4 inches could be enough to cancel schools. For people in other parts of the world, this is barely enough snow to even recognize. To me it was an opportunity to build a snowman.

Within the past week, I have seen my fair share of snow. I woke up on Tuesday morning to 14 inches of snow on my balcony. Wednesday was the day I took the bold step outside of my apartment to tackle the elements. It did not turn out pretty. After 90 minutes of shoveling snow and breaking ice, two neighbors and I were finally able to uncover my truck. As fun as this was, I do not wish to repeat it anytime soon.

Snow continued to fall and subzero temperatures ensued on Thursday and Friday. This is about the time when the snow begins to get old. Yes it was fun at first, but now it is time to get back to work. Somehow the snow did not get this memo and simply continued to come down in steady spurts.

Today, I went to Walmart to try and buy some food that I had run out of after being snowed in for the better part of a week only to find empty shelves where eggs, milk, cheese, and bread should have been. Tomorrow I will try my luck somewhere else. Later this week, yet another series of storms are in our forecast. Hopefully these will not be as bad as this past week which many people throughout the state are calling the Snowpocalypse.

The snow has brought with it the opportunity for many adventures such as seeing how long you can stand knee deep in snow before you lose feeling in your toes, sliding to the mailbox against your will, and learning new driving skills such as dodging giant snow heaps that suddenly "appeared" in parking lots. Lets see what this next week has to offer with the always changing weather conditions of Oklahoma.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK