[sidewalk long-jump]

The New York Times today has an amusing article on the sidewalk long-jump, a popular winter sport in our fair city whenever the snow begins to melt.

In the aftermath of the biggest recorded snowfall ever, we’ve had temperatures well above freezing, which has inevitably produced vast lakes of slushy nastiness at the corners. Unfortunately, you can’t put the storm drains right at the corner — that would be a disaster in a heavy rain, as we’d all have to cross through rushing streams — but that means that snow tends to block the drains and cause some monstrous pooling at the corners.

I was foolish enough to wear regular shoes on Monday, but I’ve switched to my Goretex-lined hiking boots for the rest of the week. Puddles are now mostly a threat to the bottoms of my pants. If only men wore capris!