The Boston Blizzard of 2010

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Boston Marriott Cambridge
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Monday, December 27, 2010

I had promised to help grow the new OLPC map at OLPC's 1 Cambridge Center Headquarters in Boston this week.
I was planning to travel Monday morning when I heard about a monster storm traveling up the US east coast. Rather than disappoint the "Gangsters" and the children with XOs worldwide, I came down a day early. I have been swept off my feet, literally whenever I ventured outside.

It started snowing about 1:00PM on Sunday. I checked into the Marriott next door to 1CC, parked my car in a covered garage and took the convenient Red Line T outside the door to the Prudential Plaza to run some errands and visit family nearby. By 4:00PM I could hardly walk 25 meters from one building to the next. The snow came at my face sideways like guided projectiles and the wind made standing upright a challenge. The Wind Event preceded and followed the snow accumulation. This afternoon, 24 hours later, the wind was still blowing at 40 MPH.

Everything is snow covered, fresh, bright white, and beautiful. It's very cold, still windy, and am I glad that I don't have to dig my car out from under the deluge!

I took these photos just before arriving at the OLPC office at 10:00AM.  Ben S made it in,and  Adam H. and Benaja who is here from Haiti walked more than an hour from Medford, for lack of running public transport. In the neighborhood, only Cosi was open, everything else stayed dark and locked up tight. Last night, even Legal Seafood 3 buildings down unexpectedly sent their employees home and closed. Being here now is quite the experience!

That said, we recently moved and I missed being home for the first storm this winter. Mark reports that we have more than 2 feet of snow. Our very long driveway got plowed and left huge piles! And Mark had to shovel the walk, porch and deck. I promised him that this was an unusual weather event; not to be discouraged about our new, more complicated life in the "country."

Today at OLPC, I asked a lot of questions, trying to figure out what to do and how to best do it. I know I helped Adam with some "housekeeping matters" and I hope that tomorrow I will make more progress with the Map task at hand and also be able to help newly arriving volunteers get started. Do stay tuned.
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