Winter storm Stella hit the U.S. northeast last week. The Cornell area saw 1.5ft of snow in less than 30 hours. For the first time in my four years as a student here, we got a snow day (we got two actually!). It was the first full snow day since 2007. Tompkins county even closed all roads for a day. This is what it looked like near where I live:
On both days, there was high traffic in the arts quad and libe slope. A friend convinced me that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to go sledding at Cornell. There is a long history of winter/snow play at Cornell. I found these awesome images from 1920s-1950s as I was looking up that history:
Sledding on libe slope has been illegal for several years due to safety concerns. The toboggan slide was discontinued a very long time ago, before my parents born. You can read all about this history at this Ezra Magazine article, from which I sourced those cool black and white photos. Well, even if they had color cameras, I’m sure it would have looked just as black-and-white. Anyway, current Cornellians contributed to this rich history of snow sports last week. Somewhere in all the fun, I lost my phone in the 1.5feet of snow.
My friends and I looked for it in the deep snow and we found a phone, but someone else’s. It was returned to its owner that night. I spent a whole day without a phone (what a millennial thing to say). I realized that I used my phone for all sorts of random things – setting an alarm, checking the weather, co-ordinating meetings with people and ofcourse, I just need to look at it every few minutes. Almost exactly after 24 hours from when I lost my phone, a friend received a text from my phone; someone had found it. My phone had survived the snowstorm and I was reunited with it.