This winter has been fairly mild in Nebraska, but yesterday, winter storm Linus blanketed us in snow, so I ended up not driving an hour away to watch my teammates compete in the local tournament. It was so cold outside that all of the doors to our vehicles were frozen shut, and the snow was so bad, at one point they closed down the interstate, because there were too many accidents.
Nebraskans are accustomed to driving in snow, and Joe and I considered making the trip anyway, but several of the LBJJC competitors had dropped out, so we decided to just stay home, where we were safe and warm. I’m sad that I didn’t get to see the matches of my teammates who braved the weather to compete, but I heard they did well!
I did not own a coat when I moved from Virginia to Nebraska, but now I have about six of them, and the first winter I lived in Lincoln, I thought I had actually moved to the ice planet of Hoth! It’s not like you can even ski here, we barely have hills, let alone mountains, so the snow is mostly useless, but sometimes it does look pretty, and they say that living through the extreme weather is what makes Nebraskans so tough!
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
– J.R.R. Tolkien