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Snowy memories l Editor's Note


Last updated 2/13/2019 at Noon

Well this has certainly been an interesting few weeks, hasn’t it?

We get hit with upwards of 8 inches of snow early last week, and right when the snow and ice seems to be disappearing, we get hit again.

It’s definitely made life in Western Washington more interesting than normal, and just when you thought traffic couldn’t get worse, oh boy, the snow apparently brings out the worst in us.

I’m sure students in the Mukilteo School District have been thrilled the last week-plus. Last week: Three days off, a two-hour delay, and then early dismissal.

This week so far: Two days off. Possibly more to come.

To those students, enjoy it now, because you’ll likely be wishing ill will towards these snow days once June hits and you have to make those days up.

As most of you know, getting this much snow and ice in Mukilteo is abnormal.

Hopefully everybody has been staying safe and nobody is forcing their way into work or anything like that.

I’d like to use this space to do two things.

First, I want to thank those who are doing their best to keep the citizens of Mukilteo and Snohomish County safe.

Second, I’ll tell a story about the worst snow and ice in Mukilteo that I remember.

So, let’s start with some praise.

While most of us have been bundled up either inside with some coffee or hot chocolate, or outside making snowmen or igloos, there are some who have been working essentially around the clock to keep everyone safe.

The Mukilteo Public Works Department has been doing what they can to clear the roads and neighborhoods throughout town. With the amount of hills we have, you can imagine how tall of a task it is. I’ve had numerous opportunities to chat with Public Works Director Mick Matheson, and I know he and his staff work extremely hard for the betterment of the community. If you have the chance, make sure you thank them for their hard work.

Additionally, Mukilteo’s first responders have a lot of extra work with the snow as well.

With more snow and ice, we get more accidents. I was in stop-and-go traffic on the Mukilteo Speedway near QFC last Friday afternoon, and one fire truck, one ambulance, and one police patrol car had to get past us. Make sure you thank them as well.

And now, I’ll wrap this up with a quick story.

It was either my sophomore or junior year of high school at Kamiak. Three friends and myself stayed at a friend’s house down 92nd Street Southwest. When I say down, I mean we were way down that hill.

Then, it happened. I want to say we got anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, and then it all froze over on the roads. We were stuck there for about 5 days or so.

I didn’t have a car, and nobody who did drive had a car that was capable of making it up that hill. My mom had a minivan at the time, so naturally, her coming to rescue me was not happening.

So, we did what we were probably going to do anyways: Play video games.

That helped pass the time, but the main issue was food. We had four high school boys, our friend’s brother, who was in middle school at the time, and then our friend’s mom.

Most of the time I ended up just eating peanut butter sandwiches on toasted English muffins. Which was fine, for the first two days or so.

One of my friends started to get cabin fever bad, and we decided to take a trek up the hill to the Taco Bell on 84th. Let me tell you, after eating the same sandwich every meal for nearly a week, that chicken quesadilla was like eating a meal at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.

But eventually, it warmed up, the ice melted, and we made it out. We went on with our lives.

It was weird, but it’s a story I still like to tell. Hopefully this snow has allowed others to make some fun and interesting stories as well.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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