This, at Kill Zone Blog, is funny: Snowballing Out of Control
In December, 2019, the Wisconsin town of Wausau outlawed throwing snowballs, classifying them in the same category of weapons as “arrows, stones, or other missiles or projectiles.”
Ha ha ha! Way to go, Wausau, you have now made complete strangers several states away think you are a ridiculous town. Outlawing snowball fights! Because snowballs are like arrows! Yes, I clearly remember how the Norman crossbowmen at Hastings mowed down the English with snowballs. Why, even today my neighbors take advantage of snowball season to take a deer every winter. With those deadly snowballs, it’s important to hit a deer just right so it doesn’t stagger off to die slowly of blood loss.
Yes, I’m aware that under exactly the right conditions an ice-packed snowball could in theory cause someone to say ow. But good heavens, outlawing snowball fights!
Recovering from the same insanity:
In a triumph of youthful activism, a 9-year-old mover-and-shaker from Severance, Colorado convinced members of the town meeting to overturn an ordinance banning snowball fights. Now that the activity is legal, young influencer Dane Best intends to throw his first snowball at an appropriate target—his little brother.
Good for young Dane!
My favorite fictional snowball fight occurs in The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K Höst. I guess when you’ve just been fighting monsters that really want to kill you, snowballs might not seem quite so deadly.
Oh, hey, going to her website to copy the o-with-an-umlaut so I could paste it in above, I discovered this: A 10,000-word Touchstone story called “Snow Day,” just went up at the end of December. How about that? Completely appropriate for this post.
If you don’t use a Kindle, Andrea has links to all ebook formats at her website, here.
I wish we’d get real snow here in southern Missouri — preferably coming down starting dusk Friday evening and stopping Sunday morning, to give the road crews time to clear the roads for Monday. We had some nice snow last year. I’d love to see real snow this winter, not just an ice glaze followed by a tenth of an inch of snow, as we had here earlier this week. The dogs all love snow and I enjoy watching them run and play in it.
Okay, so — favorite snowball fight, or snow sport of any variety, in SFF? Any spring to mind? Drop ’em in the comments.