I was on Highway 17 today (the strip of highway that connects Silicon Valley with Santa Cruz) and it started raining. It’s been raining on and off for weeks now so this was no big surprise. What was surprising was that the rain suddenly turned to snow. Here I am twenty minutes away from the beach and it’s snowing! It does not snow here in the greater Bay Area. Okay, every once in a while the very tips of the Santa Cruz mountains will get a snowflake or two but it rarely lasts longer than a few minutes. But this was snow, snow. Like the kind of snow you expect to see in Utah. My son was understandably thrilled, I was somewhat less so. See, 17 is kind of a precarious highway and if it’s going to snow I’d rather be somewhere else. I was just getting off the highway when the radio DJ announced that there were two accidents on the strip of road I had just been on. An hour later there were five accidents. They had to close the highway down completely and the side roads were so backed up that it was reportedly taking forty-five minutes to travel three miles. No one here really knows how to drive in the snow; we’ve never had to but maybe it’s time to learn because I just heard a weather report that predicted that tomorrow it might snow at the beach! Monday they say the temperatures could dip down to the 20s! Sorry about all the italics but seriously, what is this? I have a wool coat that’s literally been sitting in my closet for the last ten years so I’m prepared but I might have to buy something for my son.
Meanwhile someone has sold his soul on EBay. You think I’m joking, right? Or maybe that’s just a figure of speech? Nope. Someone went on EBay and said that for every ten dollars bid he would attend one church/temple session. The person who placed the winning bid would be allowed to choose the denomination. Believe it or not the guy got more than five hundred dollars for it and will be attending Baptist services starting this weekend. Is this normal? Maybe it is. Maybe the mainstream has changed dramatically and I’ve just been too busy writing and parenting to notice. Anyway, if I spot four horsemen galloping through the sky I’ll know something’s up.
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