Thursday, January 15, 2009
There was a flurry of activity coming from the downstairs neighbours around 1 in the morning a couple of nights ago. They are a mother and her college-age son (though not currently attending college; he is seeking direction) and I think the mother has been away since the holidays. Things have been pretty quiet downstairs, but I guess in a fit of winter productivity, the son decided to build a snow fort. They spent one night building the base structure, which was a rough teepee-like affair, using cardboard boxes as the frame. Two days later, just before the big freeze, they went for the expansion, building it outwards and making the entrance way a narrow tunnel. It lacks a chimney. I would also suggest that they pour water over it, to get a nice hard case on the outside.
My girlfriend thinks they built it in order to get up to nefarious activities, ones they aren't allowed to do in the house. I think it might have just been a fun project. Either way, this is a project which gets my full stamp of approval. They do something productive with the mass of snow filling our backyard (the problem which inspired the title of this blog in the first place). It looks cool and the cats are totally psyched, can't stop checking it out and inspecting it. Even at -20 and below, when they won't go out, they still stare at it out the window. I do worry that they may be encouraged to use it as a litterbox, so when it warms up, I'll tell the guys they should put a grate up or something. I'd hate to see them sitting in their snow fort, up to "no good" when they realize it smells awfully uriney in there.