Valentine’s Day and Other Snowstorms

darth vader valentine

“Let Love Be With You”

Apparently, the most unlikely people manage to fall in love…even Darth Vader, that star-trotting imperialist from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, etc. Nevertheless, Happy Valentine’s Day to all you romantically ambitious and/ or contemplative types out there. Insofar as I’m concerned…I’m married.

At present, my wife and I are attempting to disinter ourselves from the fourth (or is it fifth or sixth?) snowstorm of the season.  We’re waxing philosophical between shovelfuls of snow and ice, pondering the unanswerable; as follows:

Why is there something rather than nothing? Why does the universe, the laws which govern it, exist the way it does and not in some other way? Why does it exist at all? Or is everything that we perceive merely a will-o’-the-wisp of human expectancy: philosophy’s anthropic principle?

According to the latest weather report, we should expect 3-4 more inches of snow tonight. Isn’t it romantic? I presume Darth Vader would think so!

Photo: Cinémur

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That Long Ago Snow

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New York City during the great blizzard of 1947 – evocative of the scene this morning, as the city digs out from the snow.

Life (photo gallery)




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All Snow & No Play: A Dull Day

jack and lloyd reflection

Lloyd (a shining fount of spirited wisdom) informing me that we were in for a blizzard. He asked, as he poured another drink, “Want some whiskey in your water, sugar in your tea? ” But that’s another story.

Handout photo of winter storms over the northeastern United States courtesy of NOAA

Winter storms are seen over the northeastern United States in this February 8, 2013 GOES satellite image courtesy of NOAA. REUTERS


Two women search for a taxi in the snow in Times Square Friday night as the winter’s first big blizzard hits New York.


This enterprising guy makes a snowman by the fountain at Lincoln Center.