February 1st, 2011


digital smoke signals

I left my house around 7 this morning and after a few minutes I noticed precipitation. It got more noticeable as time went on, but when I got to the gym about 45 minutes later, it was still fairly slight. When I left the gym about ten minutes ago, though, there was a blanket of snow on the ground and the falling snow was more significant than it had been before.

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FCS-Ian emailed the listserv last night:
From: FCS-Ian
To: FirstChurchSomerville listserv
Sent: Mon, January 31, 2011 6:14:02 PM
Subject: Fellowshipping Oppertunity

Good Evening Church,

For those of you who can not wait until Friday and our all church retreat to spend some quality time with First Church-ers, there is another opportunity. Tuesday evening, and various times on Wednesday a small, faithful group will be gathering at the Church to play in the snow.

If you are available to shovel for this storm, or you would like to be on the list for the next one (you know there will be a next one) let me know! Just reply here and I will give you the details. If RSVP is not your thing then just show up tomorrow night, we will find a shovel for you, and a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Peace and warmth be with you,
And this morning:
From: Ian
To: Keith; Jeff V.; Support Pastor Ian H.; Elizabeth
Sent: Tue, February 1, 2011 11:10:25 AM
Subject: Rest and Renew

Good morning folks,

I just wanted to let you know that the church will be shoveled enough for your to get into rest and renew tomorrow night. I am not sure who makes the call... I am assuming we would not cancel, but wanted to let you know that we will have it shoveled out before 6:00.

Peace and warmth,

well that's reassuring...

La bff asked me if the cyclone had made landfall in Queensland yet. That Queensland was expecting more natural disaster was news to me, but I did a GoogleNews search. The first results:
Cyclone Yasi set to strike Queensland coastline
Irish Times - Pádraig Collins - 14 minutes ago
UP TO 30000 people were being evacuated last night as the Australian state of Queensland prepared for another natural disaster. ...

Video: Cyclone Yasi approaches Queensland NZ Herald

Queensland faces 24 hrs of terror - New Zealand Herald

Australia 'hasn't seen anything like Yasi'‎ - Ninemsn
The NZH article opens:
"The most serious cyclone you can have" is how Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is describing the storm set to ravage the north Queensland coast tonight.

"People in the region from Townsville to Port Douglas need to be psychologically prepared for an event that could last for a terrifying 24 hours", she said.

The storm threatening to wreak unprecedented havoc on north Queensland has now officially been upgraded to a Category Five cyclone - the most severe level imaginable.