Here comes the snow, and I say: “It’s alright”

My snow covered car

Almost makes me glad I don't have a job to go to in the morning...almost

Its snowing outside my window in San Antonio as I type this, and I just came back inside from taking pictures of it (that you can check out here).  This is only the second time I have had the pleasure of experiencing accumulated snow in my lifetime, and it is just as fascinating as the first: five inches in Corpus Christi, Texas back on Christmas Eve 2004.

To this snow-newbie, at least, everything about snow is fascinating.  The sound it makes as it falls down, the crunch of your feet as you walk on the grass, the way it covers everything in white and the eerie quiet that seems to accompany it.  I love it, and I hope I get to experience it again here in South Texas.

Yeah, sure, I could go somewhere north where it snows all the time, but to have snow in an area usually associated with boiling heat and hurricanes is  just wonderful.  I mean, think about it, right now the Alamo is probably covered in snow…isn’t that CRAZY?

I’m sleepy from staying up to see it, but I just don’t want to go to bed.  I know that if I do, when I wake up the snow will be gone and it’ll be just a cold day here in San Antonio.  Even then, it was fun while it was here.



The Nintendo Wii has been harder to find than Waldo, even two Christmases after its launch. I’ve liked Nintendo’s stuff for ages, even had a copy of Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600, and the first Mario Bros. (before he started hitting the ‘shrooms) was great co-op fun. Yes, kids, we had co-op back in the day, though the only point back then was trying to get the highest score.

By virtue of being at the right place at the right time, I managed to get my hands on the Next Big Thing from Nintendo. I felt silly asking the girl at the store if they had them in stock, when there clearly were three in the display case. She said they had received a shipment the night before, and there had been a line of eager buyers waiting at 1201 when they went on the floor, so these had been sitting in plain view for just under a day.

The bastards were ‘bundling’ them though, so I had to take a copy of Wii Play along with the unit. It was no big deal, though, I was going to get it anyway. After a quick stop at Best Buy for Super Mario Galaxy, a component cable and another Nunchuck, I drove home with my loot, ready to flail away until repetitive stress disorder kicks in.

It actually might happen, too. I once got ‘tennis elbow’ from a combination of a boring-ass graveyard shift job, a Nintendo DS, and Meteos.

The Wii itself is pretty solid, weighs about as much as the Xbox 360’s power supply. -rim shot-

I love the “protective sleeves” (resisting temptation to crack a joke about protecting one’s Wii) they put on the Wiimotes, the part facing the TV has about half an inch of padding, presumably to protect precious plasma-owning players. I own a 32-inch flat screen tube TV. If a Wiimote can crack that thing, Nintendo needs to give their engineers a raise.

I bid Mr. Gamecube farewell, its final destination will probably be a shoebox up in the closet, as the Wii plays Gamecube games as well. We had us some good times, there… -sniff-

Setup was pretty straightforward, just like every other “next-gen” console, I get to do a system update. 😛 The Weather and News channels are pretty cool, being a news junkie (thanks, Dad!) I can see myself using them quite a bit. Its pretty cool, using the remote feels natural, and I suppose I should actually play some games on it now!