Reading Texans Bill and M Stevens enthuse about their itty-bitty snowfall made me think of this Wall Street Journal article I clipped out a couple of months ago. It seems that a Houston-based company called Ice Express charges big bucks to spray artificial snow around for that special event. A 30 foot by 24 foot area sprayed in ground-up ice will set you back–take a deep breath–$1,150. They don’t give a depth measurement for that price, but in the article it mentions ten inches at one site. So taking that as our depth, let’s do some math. Divide the price by 710 square feet and you get a little under $1.62 per square foot. Divide that by the ten-inch depth and you’ve got sixteen cents for every square foot of snow an inch deep. Now . . . what are the measurements of your yard? Say your lot is 130′ by 100′–about a third of an acre, or 13,000 square feet, and, that, like us, you’ve got 18 inches of snow on the ground. If my calculations are correct, that’s $37,440 worth of snow you’ve got laying around there! But wait, there’s more. Here they charged a dollar to slide down this artificial snow–once. And here the poor kids are waiting in line for their chance to play in pulverized ice. Now when my children whine about how they’re sick of snow, I can truthfully admonish them that “plenty of children would love to have what you’ve got”–if only for a day.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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