2.07.2010

[ snowmaggedon ]

Hey, where's our snow??














So, here we are in Utah, ski country, the greatest snow on earth etc. etc., wishing for snowfall, wanting that much-needed winter storm, worrying that our moisture levels are at around 66%-ish so far this year - the statistics that summer droughts are made of, and seeing in the news that someone else got our snow. (Everyone else got our snow!)













In Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, the snow is shutting down the city. There are lots of sad stories, but some fun stories too. The one I like is the Facebook-generated gathering of thousands of people to DuPont Circle for a giant SNOWBALL FIGHT.
















I Googled "DuPont snowball fight" to read all about it. This is from the ChristianScience Moniter website:

"In a city famous for fighting on Capitol Hill, residents are out in -- reportedly by the thousands -- to partake in organized snowball fights across the area.

What else are you going to do? After all, it's the Snowmageddon. That's what President Obama called the winter weather today. Others are calling it the Snopocalypse.

Whatever. With two feet of snow hitting a town that is well-practiced in using social media to rally supporters at political events, why not use Facebook and Twitter to host a few snowball fights?

DuPont Circle showdown

Take the snowball fight at DuPont Circle this afternoon. With over 5,600 fans of the event and reports that more than 2,000 people showed up, it uniquely demonstrates once again the power of the new media.

So newsworthy was it that the mainstream media was there to cover the event. One local reporter was pelted by snowballs throughout his broadcast. But, he remained standing.

That's something you can't say about this participant. Armed with her iPhone, she successfully forged her way through the battle zone before getting clobbered and knocked to the ground.

"Came SO close to losing my iPhone. Phew," she tweets."


1 comment:

em-il-ie said...

I lived it here in PA.

And we happened to be in D.C. to attend the Temple on the day of the big dump. WOWZA!

It was amazing (and fun for my kids).