The Great Blizzard of 2005 roared through this weekend, which was fine by me. Friday was as beautiful as a day can be, as is today. In between, almost a foot of snow fell, leaving the world white and bright.
The weekend recap is thus: Friday afternoon business turned to a little house-cleaning ahead of Robin's arrival. Then I was off to a meeting that lasted and lasted, home to eat a slice of pizza, and back on the road again down to IM for substitute duty on the NAME innertube water polo team. Maneuvering competitively in an inner tube is not a life skill I've got down, but I spelled some people who seemed more proficient and that's good. Everybody needs a sidekick, right Snoop? Afterwards, Robin and I had 'computer-fun-time' except that it wasn't much fun as the installation of Windows XP kept crashing. So, we bailed and watched "The Shawshank Redemption" and had root beer floats and kept an eye on the snow fall.
Saturday morning it was up early and into the Jimmy, which I put in 4wd and pointed towards Detroit. It took some doing but we made it to North American International Auto Show without event. Once inside Cobo, we scoped out the trick new rides and the lame-duck other models and the shiny, impossible concepts. Favorites: Saturn Aura, Volvo V50, Cadillac CTS- and STS-V, and, impressively, Subaru Legacy GT wagon. Of all the vehicles at NAIAS, it was the Subaru that we talked about on the way home - the near-flawless interior, the catchy but not overdone exterior styling, the functionality, the realistic price all contributed to a strong impression. After we'd seen the show, the four of us (including Scott, who came down from Auburn Hills in his new wagon) had a late lunch at Greektown Casino and then headed home, where Robin and I got the computer situation taken care of before she headed back to East Lansing.
Sunday (so far) has been mostly about the work, but there should be time for a nice walk in the sunshine-drenched Arb this afternoon.