‘Let it snow, man!’

With most Capital Region students home from school today, two Gazette reporters and an editor decide

Snow day?


With most Capital Region students home from school today, two Gazette reporters and an editor decided to have a snow day of their own.

We didn’t call in sick, but rather finally acted on a group dare to build a snowman. We’ve been joking about doing it all winter. So at high noon, Kathleen Moore, Kelly de la Rocha and I donned winter gear, trudged out to the front of the building and went to work — make that play.

And now there he is, the newest member of the Gazette family, proudly greeting cars passing by on Maxon Road Extension. He’s a rather handsome fellow, if we do say so ourselves, about 5-foot-6, though he could stand to lose a little weight and he’s got jaundiced eyes.

We had a ball bringing him to life. In fact, in a matter of minutes, we’d constructed the requisite three balls — base, midsection and head. Kathleen and Kelly were impressed at how quickly I whipped the base together and kept it so round. They soon hoisted their well-constructed pieces of the project onto mine, and voila! our own version of Frosty.

Since he’s now working as a Gazette ambassador, we let him borrow my company T-shirt. Kelly and Kathleen adorned him with twiggy arms scrounged last night from Kelly’s back yard.

Kelly also raided her fruit bowl for a couple of clementines (the jaundiced eyes). A tiny carrot nose was donated from the lunch of assignment editor Miles Reed, and Kathleen — winner of the builders’ best hat competition — dipped into a jug of buttons she’d brought. We punched those into a mouth. Finally a baseball hat to keep the sun out of his eyes. The sun? Yeah, scratch that.

When done, Kelly and Kathleen cheered “Let it snow!” As for me, a fan of baseball and warm weather, I told the new guy, “I hope you’re gone in a few days.”

That said, I — like Kathleen and Kelly — had a blast making him. I figure if it’s gonna snow, you might as well play in it.

Reach Gazette assistant features editor Tom McBride at [email protected]

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