Freedom to Snow Day

While I did make an effort to get to work, there was ongoing trouble with transit buses all over the region including 4 tangled at the foot of the next hill along my route. If I’d had an urgent need to get to work, I could have made it but all that was on the books today was scanning, scanning, and more scanning. In addition, it’s reading week so the campus is staff-heavy this week. I decided it was not worth any further trouble and called in to claim a vacation day.

I shoveled our walk and was going to relax on the sofa while Mike walked Kiddo to school but soon after they left there were reports of buses sliding along the road just outside the school so I left to catch up to them. They made it OK and when I caught up to Mike he’d already sent Kiddo inside. While the schools were open, they were amalgamating classrooms. Mike and I went to pick up a few groceries then went back to check on Kiddo who opted to come back home with us. I’m glad she did because now the snow is coming down heavy enough that I can’t see the main road (at the end of the block) anymore — usually I can see if traffic is making it through.

I measured the deck accumulation just before noon and we had 14 cm (about 5 1/2 inches)! Original forecast was for 1-2 cm; by 8 a.m. they’d adjusted it to 15-25 cm. When the radio announcer read that, he added, “Ya think??”

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My originally planned post for today, and hence the mangled title, was about Freedom to Read Week — Canadian Libraries’ version of Banned Books Week.  It is a topic near and dear to me as I’ve blogged about it before. This year, I’d like to suggest you read one book in particular;  with all the controversy over the replacement of one word for another throughout the text of the original version of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,  I urge you all to read the original with all the instances of Huck Finn using the term “nigger” in place. Twain’s greatest gift may have been his wit but he was also very skilled at writing in other voices including that of an uneducated minor. If you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, go to Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive and download an electronic version of your choice.

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