Ah, the Perfect Storm is brewing.
And it's All Joel's Fault.
My brother Joel, city boy, New Yorker, and magnet for drama (he IS an actor, but we're not just talking about that kind of drama) called me in October or so to let me know he'd bought tickets to come to Denver to visit us for Christmas as we had planned.
Joel mentioned, ever so casually, that he was concerned about flying into Denver and how the weather would be in December.
I, of course, having lived here for 5 years and have yet to see a White Christmas, said what all Denverites would say to family coming for the holidays.
"Oh, it's no biggie. It'll be 50 and sunny more than likely," I said, not knowing that in a few months, a liar would be made out of me.
To which Joel responded "Yeah, but I'm coming."
We all know Joel to attract bad weather, bad karma, bad salespeople & bad food poisoning as if her were a literal magnet for trouble.
Somehow, he's able to avoid absolute calamity, but by the end of it, everyone's fine, and there's a damn good story to tell. Joel's counterbalance of good luck with getting out of the worst jams he gets himself into is why we haven't excommunicated him from the family.
So what happened tonight? This is what I saw on the National Weather Service's website for Denver:
Hazardous Weather OutlookWinter Storm Warning
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 5 PM MST THURSDAY
If you click on the title of this post, you'll see the full report, but the short version is that we're expecting up to 18 inches of snow.
Now, I'm hoping that because it's ending at 5 p.m., and Joel flies in at 7:45 p.m., that all will be well by the time he arrives. DIA will have exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes to clear the runway in time for Joel to arrive as hero of the day, having braved the Blizzard of '06.
I guess if I'd wanted a White Christmas sooner, I should have just invited brother Joel out for Christmas earlier.
Yeah, Joel and The Perfect Storm.
It's like peanut butter & chocolate, Santa & the elves, wine and cheese.
It all just goes together.