Once again my plans were proven wrong—expectations of a busy week turned out to be a very leisurely one. I slept until 10 this morning; a first for me since August. It snowed all day Monday and all night until stopping this morning and left 24 inches of the white stuff. NAU closed Monday at noon and all day today (Tuesday), canceling two of my final exams. We’re given the option of taking our grades to date or taking the final exam the third week of January. As luck would have it my grades were all A’s so I only have one exam left on Thursday.
I am returned from the ordeal of getting the car dug out and getting out of the parking lot. I left my room at 5, ill-clad for long periods in the cool weather. My car was up to the door handles with sky snow and snow shoveled over from around the beside cars. It was parked on enough of an incline that I wasn’t able to back out, so I had to spend a lot of time shoveling and spinning before I got free 2 hours later. I went to Walmart and nearly got stuck in their parking lot. My patience growing thin, I bought tire chains and a homeless guy with a backpack and a Bible helped me put them on. He was bemoaning the fact that he’d have to sleep outside again tonight because the missions in town were all full with the guys who came out of the mountains. I sometimes run into their shanties while mountain biking.
My plan was to spend the evening at Barnes and Noble, but alas, they were closed because of the weather. So I circled the Subaru back home; not real sure what was accomplished all afternoon. Yesterday I showed Davis how to cross country ski. We went over the basics, it really is basic, in my apartment to make sure he understood the mechanics before getting out in 15 inches of snow. We had a fine afternoon on the urban trail with all the other skiers and snowshoe’ers, and finished up the day at Chili’s.
That’s pretty much what’s been going on in my part of Flagstaff. I am making an effort to utilize the snow and my free time because things will not always be so. Tomorrow I have plans for the skis and chain-empowered Subaru. We’re heading up to the mountain and I want to try skinning up to the top of a ski run and practice tele turns in deep powder with few spectators before the resort officially opens.
Thursday is my last exam and the end of another semester. Friday I have an interview for a real finance internship in downtown Phoenix for next summer; right after I get a good campus job I get called by this firm. In the unlikely event that I get the position I will be spending summer commuting between Flag and Phoenix. It’s one of the tradeoffs of living in a beautiful mountain town I suppose.