It is lovely to look at, and it can even be fun, but at sub-zero temperatures it has got to be one of the stickiest, most clingy substances in the universe. Until it melts, and then … yech.

The town I live in has one of the most moderate climates in Japan’s Tohoku region. It doesn’t snow much, and I only have to shovel snow about 4 or 5 times a year on average, just to clear the pathways and road of maybe 10 ~ 20 cm buildup max. The current cold snap has introduced a new pattern that involves very light overnight snowfall leaving a 1 ~ 3 cm cover … EVERY FREAKIN’ DAY! OK, only three days so far, but the regularity is annoying. It isn’t enough to worry about, but still requires attention. A broom or deck brush suffices to clear the steps and pathways around the house, but EVERY FREAKIN’ DAY! And yes, I know people live in places where they have to shovel a meter or so of snow two or three times a day throughout the winter, but that isn’t me.

Not a fan. But then I’m not a fan of heat and humidity either, so I guess I’m in a pretty good place overall and probably shouldn’t complain. But I will anyway (gotta have something to gripe about).

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