Monday, January 31, 2011
So said the young men in the park today, after our not-so-short hiatus. My husband had some surgery, recovered, and is now complaining that his legs have gotten too skinny, so we have started back to walking the dog in the park. I have no such excuse for not going, except that I haven't felt like it. Too cold, too far, insufficient clear walkways, etc. etc. etc. Whine, whine, whine. Today: it's cold, but the sun is shining, and I put on my best mountain hiking boots to prevent slipping and sliding, and off we went. With two dogs. Ours (JJ) and Chewie, my daughter's dog. We ran into her outside, walking Chewie in her pajamas and complaining that it was cold (about 20 F), and took Chewie with us. We've been hearing that park hasn't been plowed, and it pretty much hasn't been. Looks like only car roads have been cleared, and the horse path. The park accomodates horses, not people? Hmmm.
However, the walking paths have been packed down fairly well, so we took the dogs to the Nethermead and let them run loose. On the way, we heard a great rumble of noise. Turned out to be snow-making machines. Snow-making machines? On top of the deepest snow in many years. What on earth was going on? So we stopped to ask. These young men had come south 600 miles to help NYC prepare for our Winter Jam this weekend by adding more snow. "Isn't there enough already?" I asked. Hence our title: "You can never have too much snow." What a different in attitude from mine and most of New Yorkers, who have pretty much had it with the snows of the last month or so. Well, they're from 600 miles north. Clearly Canadian and totally imbued with the niceness that our neighbors to the north seem to be born with. No bitching, moaning or complaining from them!!! I think I'll try it....I'm already smiling more!
Anyway, they seemed to be having a great time, were delighted to answer our questions (obviously NOT from the Parks Dept.) And it was quite beautiful to watch, especially with the sun coming through the snow-making mist.
Other observations: the Lake is almost completely frozen. Swans, geese, ducks, coots, gulls, etc., all cohabiting the small open space quite peacefully. Very crowded. Somewhat reminiscent of Pymatuning Park in Pennsylvania, where the the fish and ducks are so crowded that that they are known for the ducks walking on top of the fish.