The struggle is real in Boston and southern New England in general! You’ll never catch me complaining about too much snow– that’s like a twenty-something in NYC complaining that a bar has too many attractive single people. However, the weather truly has affected life in this neck of the woods lately… most notably in throwing off my blogging schedule ;-).
On Tuesday I had to go to a client’s office in Somerville, a city just northwest of Boston. There’s no easy way to reach this office by public transportation, plus the local transit system has been a mess lately due to snow on the train tracks and old equipment.
I figured my best option was to drive – and it may well have been – but I spent more time in the car that day than I did at the office! It took me 3 hours and 45 minutes to get home from Boston, when normally it should be less than an hour and a half.
While my racquetball buddy is on vacation in Belize, and the frigid temps and mounds of snow have kept my mountain bike in the garage, I’ve had to take my wife’s advice on how to find ways to exercise. I’ve been able to do plenty of shoveling, and the kids and I have been chasing each other through the fox & geese trails we’ve blazed in the back yard.
As of now I’m planning to take my 4-year-old skiing on Friday, but if it’s in the single digits I think we’re better off staying home. When you’re trying to introduce your little ones to skiing, the last thing you want for them is a miserable experience – an outcome that’s likely if they’re up on the mountain in below freezing temps.
The whole point is to teach them how much fun the skiing lifestyle is. If it means that more time is spent sledding and building snowmen at the base, than on the actual ski slopes, so be it. Skiing is a culture, and I want my kids to grow up with it as a part of their lives.
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?