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Snow Storm

Snow Storm

Date: Jan 06 2004


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Winter weather can be cold and gloomy, but it can also be fun. Several inches of snow recently fell in Portland, Oregon – where it doesn’t normally snow very often. It caused problems for many of the city’s residents, but it also created lots of opportunities for exciting outdoor activities.
Listen in to a conversation between John and Miguel to hear how the recent snow storm affected them.


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Miguel:  So what’d you think of the snow storm this morning?

John:  It was awesome. It’s been like 4 years since it’s snowed in Portland.

Miguel:  Yeah, I was pretty excited, except for the fact that last night when I was driving home I got stuck in the snow.

John:  Yeah, I got into my car this morning to test out the four wheel drive for the first time in about a year and it doesn’t seem like it’s working. I was skidding all over the place.

Miguel:  It’s kinda scary when the, uh, road is really slippery, especially if you’re not used to it.

John:  You know if there’s still some snow out there tonight we should go hooky-bobbing.

Miguel:  Hooky-bobbing? What’s that?

John:  You know – it’s where you grab on the back of, of your friend’s car. You’re just standing behind it, and you squat, and, and your friend starts driving and he kinda pulls you along like you’re skiing behind it. Kinda dangerous, but it’s fun.

Miguel:  So it’s like water skiing, but without the water and without the boat?

John:  Yeah. And it’s with the snow.

Miguel:  Sounds like fun.

John:  Don’t try this at home kids.



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It sounds like John and Miguel are pretty happy about the snow storm, even though it made driving a bit more dangerous. They don’t seem too worried about the unsafe conditions.
I used to live in New York and then in Colorado, so I’m used to dealing with a lot of snow. The little bit that’s fallen in Portland isn’t really a problem for me. It is fun though. I love walking around the city when everything is covered with a thick white blanket of snow.
Stay warm!


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