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Monday January 24, 2005, 00:30

We had a snowball fight in Central Park this afternoon. Early afternoon, and the turnout might have been a bit better if we decided to do it a bit later in the day, but the idea was to have it early enough so that the sun would still be floating high in the sky when we were all soaked to the bone cold and freezing and covered in snow and searching out hot chocolate.

The most interesting thing thus far about this snowball fight, other than the fact that most of those in attendance were also photo enthusiasts of some sort and as such had brought along various photo capturing apparatuses, was that at least two people have made mention of the fact that the snowball fight was in fact organized via the online invitation organizer Evite.com. The reasoning behind the Evite was simple enough: we thought it was going to be funny. Or actually, I thought it was going to be funny. I assumed that others thought it was going to be funny as well. Also, ease of organizing an invite list. What I hadn't counted on was the fact that people were going to start to comment on the non-spontaneous nature of an organized snowball fight, especially one organized via email.

The truth is that these days, there really is no such thing as going to your neighbor's house, telling them to pull on snow pants, boots and a hat and run outside to throw snowballs at each other and build forts. Or rather, not unless you are already out with said friends, but that's a completely different beast anyway. The reality is that your closest friends do not live next door to you any more, or even down the block from you, and if you want to get a group together, there is planning, re-planning, and then a couple of reschedules along the way.

Even when I was working from home with a flexible schedule and nothing but time in the world to kill, it was rare that a friend would ever just "drop by," announced or barely so, to hang out or grab a bite to eat. It's not something that is done by adults living in large metropolitan areas, both due to the inconvenience of cities being generally quite large and the added inconvenience of "full-time employment."

Despite all of this, however, almost a dozen people turned out for a fairly (one day notice!) impromptu event wherein snow was tossed and egos and noses were bruised in about eight inches of newly fallen city park snow.

And that, my friends, is the definition of a successful weekend.

Also, I love snow.

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