Pure As the Driven Slush: Heather Corinna's Journal and Diary, Online since 1999
November 28th, 2006

Things to do on a snowy night in Seattle (when you’ve got the house to yourself with your sweetheart is stranded at work overnight because Seattle has NO clue how to deal with one whole inch of snow):

• Share your cigarettes with the old, weathered guys hanging out on the corner by the 7-11. It’s cold, they’re jonesing, and you’ve got plenty.

• Go see Edie Carey and Holly Figueroa at the Tractor. Enjoy the fact that it isn’t packed for once (because everyone is afraid to drive anywhere since no one here knows how when it’s icy). Have a big pint of cider. Bliss out listening to modern-day sirens, and per usual, remember how much women your age just plain rock. (I mean, seriously, how cool are we?) Enjoy the biggest hug ever with Holly because you’ve finally managed to meet over two years of hit-and-misses.*

• Tiptoe home, because salting the sidewalks is apparently an undiscovered art, and walking uphill on ice is quite the endeavor. Dig how empty the city streets are: hear how every step you take echoes intensely. Listen to how different the big, cold winds sound up here on the coast: more like the UK than in Chicago or Minneapolis.

• Make a warm, roaring fire. Eat tomato soup and grilled-not-cheese in front of it; finish with a cup of hot, mexican cocoa. Pet the pug on your lap. Love bell hooks to death and thank the universe for having her in it.

• Be glad you cranked the heat in your bedroom before you went to bed, since in a 100-year-old house, insulation is very much not the order of the day. Climb under the warm, flannel sheets with your dog AND your cat (who often has to sleep outside the bedroom due to Mr. Price’s allergies and general disdain of all things feline), and sleep in the middle of the bed, monopolizing it completely just because you can.

* One of the many reasons I love the net is that it makes the formation of mutual admiration societies a million times easier than usual. A couple years back, when I was in the midst of the first big writing of the book, I made a journal post thanking some of the musical artists who were getting me through the process, and Holly was one of them. As it turns out, Holly, unbenownst to me, was also a journal reader of mine, and tossed me an email. Very cool when that stuff happens. She’s local, and I very, very much need to take portraits of her, but we’ve had some bad luck until now hooking up, so it was great to finally meet. Her physical energy is like her music: it just comes off of her in these crazy waves of intensity.

22 comments so far

  1. js Says:

    i LOVE edie carey. i’ve seen her in most of the cities i’ve lived in, and she always makes places feel a little more like home.

  2. Karyn Says:

    LOVE how the wind sounds here on the coast when it gets cold…..somehow more mysterious and wistful, to my ear anyhow. It almost makes me wish it got cold here more often, but then I watch the way the West Coast deals with snow, and that wish goes right out the window. :)

  3. Jen Says:

    I’ll have to check Holly out. I actually saw Edie for the first time a few weeks after I moved to MN on the recommendation of a friend. Her music makes me cry almost every time I listen to it.

  4. fish Says:

    It just doesn’t snow here all that much, so we don’t have the equipment to deal with it. I was amused Tuesday to get to work and find that the sidewalk all around the building was pink from some kind of ice-melter. I know how to drive in that kind of weather, I just won’t do it here because no one else knows how and I’d rather not get hit by some fool who should have known better. Love it even more that the schools have been closed two days when there’s No Snow!

    Wish I could have come, but I watched the traffic cameras all night and I would have been stuck for a long time.

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