One day during my nineth grade year, My team and I had a football game during late november. Besides the weather, it was an average regular season game. However, the weather changed all of that. Though we had all of our pads and gear on, the hail still played a role on the outcome of the game. I played wide reciever back then, and though I ran patterns to catch and run the football, the running didn’t hold back the pain of the hail. It took the referees twenty minutes during this hail storm to call the game, since even the crowd watching the game had to retreat to their vehicles.

This storm, as well as snow storms, may be a beautiful sight to behold, but their ultimate outcome can restrict roadways, cancel events, and slow down people from living their daily lives. These latter outcomes are the reason why I don’t prefer winter over the other seasons, even though the holidays and vacation breaks do tempt me. These elements also produce blistering and harsh cold temperatures, where as I’d rather be in the heat of the summer sweating, letting the cooling breeze balance my body temperature.

In David Macauleys’ Elemental Philosophy, He dedicates an interstice to the elements of ice and snow. Though he did offer many interesting and mind blowing ideas about the two elements, two topics caught my attention the most. In the beginning of the interstice, Macauley claims how both strong and weak ice can be at the same time. He insists that ice “is rock solid but slipping easily into liquidity” and that ice “can support the weight of a C-SA transport plane, but a child hopping on one leg can break through it.” This idea reminds me of how even though I can break an ice cube with one bite, I can still skate around a pond frozen to ice without breaking open the surface of the pond. The other idea that even reminded me of a song is how music has been written throughout history to suggest that ice “possesses a melodic, moody or melancholic voice”. This voice of ice can not only be found in regular music, but music in all forms of media, including films, video games, and television shows.

mario ice level

This is a photo of an icy level in the video game Super Mario 64. In this level, you have to maintain balance on top of icy and slippery surfaces while you fight off different ice-themed enemies. The designers of this level make a successful attempt to show how even though ice can make an area look calm and beautiful, it can also bring hardships and obstacles that ultimately slow you down.

The song that I previously mentioned is called Snowblind by the band System of a Down. In this song, they relate ice and snow to death, and how the sheer cold of these two elements can ultimately end one’s life. However, the song has a happy and content tone to it, in which the person prtrayed in the song almost welcomes the coldness, which shows how he’d rather die and see the beauty of the snow. The lines “Death would freeze my very soul, Makes me happy, makes me cold” and “Fill my dreams with flakes of snow, Soon I’ll feel the chilling glow” show how this person is “blind” to how dangerous “snow” can be, yet welcomes his death of everlasting coldness. Personally, this is why I think the song is called “Snowblind” even though the term snowblind relates to a whole other idea in itself.

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