Another Thought From the D.C. Blizzard
I saw two snowmen on the Adams Morgan side of Calvert Street, and it occurred to me that an enduring human response to ice crystals falling from the sky is to assemble them into our own image. Sort of.
Snowmen don’t resemble the shape of human beings in any meaningful way. The two I saw did not have faces, but even when they do, two dots and a half circle doesn’t really look like a human face. It’s funny how strongly we react to precipitation in 2009. Building these totems is a sweet and atavistic response to the weather.
Update: I keep returning to the same thought about the cop who drew his gun at yesterday’s snowball fight: if a civilian brandished a gun after being hit by a snowball, that civilian would be arrested on the spot. While the uniformed police responded pretty admirably in the video, they failed to hold their fellow police officer to the standard they would apply to anyone else.
It’s unacceptable to inject the threat of deadly force into that situation, and it is especially disgraceful for a police officer to have done so.