Friday, February 16, 2007

Pondering The Mystery of the Snowman

Remember when snowmen were supposed to look like this?

I assume that this is the image we all think of because I assume that this is how most people make a snowman. Now let me state for the record that I am a Pennsylvanian-born and bred. I am a veteran of dozens and dozens of healthy snowstorms - feet and feet and feet of good malleable snow. I am college-educated and also worked in construction for a year. I have a good grasp of spatial relations. I am not stupid.

But I have never been able to make a snowman with that ball-rolling business. The snow is simply not structurally sound! Do other people know something I don't? I try and try and try with no success. I begin each snowman-making session with unbounded optimism that this time will be different. But it never is.

So let's take a stroll down the Mighty-Momogus-Jabba-The-Hut-School-Of-Snowman-Making lane.

Snowman 2003:

Snowman 2005:

Snowman 2006:

Snowman 2007 (from this week):

I actually like their sort of winning, squat Jabba-the-Hut-ness, but they do not resemble traditional snowman. Would anyone care to weigh in with advice or the benefit of their snowman-making experience?


Blogger Francesca said...

HA! I find this fascinating. After six winters in PA, I too have not found the right snowstorm to make the three ball rolypoly snowman either. BUT, growing up in NYC, pretty much every snowstorm yielded snow that would pack like a maniac. We made tunnels. We made igloos. We made snowmen with three large balls for a body. We packed snowballs that would crash through any protective gear another child might be wearing and splatter them with snow.

So is this global warming punishing us? Is this simply the result of being fifty miles too far south? What? What? My children are bamboozled as am I every time I confidently assert that THIS snowstorm will no doubt let us build a fat snowman.

I like the jabba guys too though.

8:56 AM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I LOVE 2007's expression! Its so, "eh?"

4:35 PM  
Blogger diana said...

SM - thank you for chiming in. I feel better that you have had similar experiences with this snow.

DMJ - huh? I don't remember any of those so-called "traditional" snowmen from my childhood either. Did you make them when you were a kid? And if so, why did those genes not come to me?

CG - yes, comparing them over the years made me realize they all had the same sort of funny wistful expression.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

We tried in Elmira and couldn't even pack a tiny little starter ball. It was very disappointing. But then we decided that we would make Claude Raines-men. In their invisibility they were perfect!

3:54 PM  
Blogger diana said...

ELC - huh. So NY snow may or may not be effective - or maybe it's just city-snow....

Claude Raines-men - hee hee hee!

9:09 PM  

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