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Lame Adventure 402: Snow in SoHo

Possibly it is just I, but maybe you are also familiar with that sentimental song about dreaming of a white Christmas. Funny how the crooning masses are mute about singing sappy praises for a nightmare blizzard after the calendar page turns to January. Consider this:

Crooning Masses: White Christmas — Yea!

Brooding Masses: White New Year’s — Nay!

But here we are, approaching 72 hours into 2014, and the East Coast is getting pummeled with a ferocious blast of winter. My Grind shuttered at 3:30 on Thursday. I will not return until Monday — in defiance of the rumor that mentally I vacated the premises in 2007 never to return.

On my way home, I made a pit stop at my grocery store for organic fruit and vegetables, even though what I craved most was a stiff 80 proof libation. Then I returned to my hovel intent on burrowing for the remainder of the evening that I spent emailing and texting my pal, Coco. As the hour approached eight bells and two stifled belches, I paused in the midst of a fascinating as watching water boil exchange about the ninth wonder of the world, antacid, to inquire if she could see what the weather was like outside her window? Oh, could she!

What follows is a series of images Coco shot in lower Manhattan south of Houston Street, a street that rhymes with mouse-ton to you non-New Yorkers. This area is commonly referred to as SoHo. Bundle up and enjoy the tour.

Fluffy snow on fire escape.

Fluffy snow on fire escape.

Cue the Drifter's singing "Up On the Roof" or maybe not.

Cue the Drifter’s singing “Up On the Roof” or maybe not.

Trump Soho in the windy snow. Yes, as in The Donald.

Trump Soho in the windy snow. Yes, as in The Donald.

Take in the cat. Leave out the bike.

Take in the cat. Leave out the bike.

Vesuvio playground table when not occupied with chess playing.

Vesuvio Playground table when not occupied with chess or checkers players; games devoted to sitting.

Vesuvio playground swimming pool missing summer sun.

Vesuvio Playground swimming pool on one of its less than better days (or nights).

Snow burrito.

Obviously a snow burrito.

Dominique Ansel Bakery a.k.a. the home of the cronut. Will the line form at 5 am on this night?

Dominique Ansel Bakery a.k.a. the home of the cronut. Will the line form at 5 am on this morning?

Cycling in half-mile visibility.

Cycling in half-mile visibility — not on my bucket list.

Still festive on Thompson Street.

Still festive on Thompson Street. They didn’t get the memo that it’s a miserable night.

New York's other finest: frozen trash.

New York wintertime specialty: frozen trash!

Nearly deserted Houston Street decorated with curbside discarded Christmas tree.

Nearly deserted Houston Street decorated with  Christmas tree discarded curbside.

Candidates for Rustoleum.

Poster children for Rustoleum.

Action shot: blowing snow.

Action shot: blowing snow.

Houston Street snow in the spotlight.

Houston Street snow in the spotlight.

Someone call child welfare and throw a blanket on that kid!

Someone call child welfare and throw a blanket on that kid!

This bike has seen better days.

This bike has seen better days.

White cab on white street.

White cab blending into white street.

Wicked wind -- get inside Coco!

Wicked wind — get inside now Coco!

Since I am under self-imposed house detention, Coco and I might collaborate on a part two later today — if she is willing to don a face sock and brave the elements twice. I am confident that I can handle the heavy lifting of downloading and captioning her images in the confines of my warm and cozy uptown abode.