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Snow Globes

Santa snow globeImage via WikipediaThis morning, as with all mornings, I take a shower to start my day, and while showering, weird thoughts come to me and I cannot get them out of my head until I think about them to the point that I tire of it and the ideas just leave.

The weird thought for today is Snow Globes. I have no particular fascination with snow globes. I don't think I even own a snow globe. So why did I think of snow globes? I have no idea. But as usual the thought led me to ponder snow globes and of course how do I do my pondering? In front of my Mac. So I surfed the web to find out more. Fortunately it didn't take long for the thought of snow globes to disappear, but I found out a few things and so I share them here.

Apparently snow globes are also referred to as water globes and snowdomes. But I like the popular term instead. I recall from my childhood that my mother and sister both liked snow globes and I think that the bought them as Christmas gifts for the family.

Now, as far as Christmas goes, there seems to be this trend where people are buying ever larger inflatable lawn ornaments, some of which are actually snow globes. This leads me to wonder about the true nature of the snow globe. Does a snow globe, by definition, require water as the medium in which fall the small, flaky white bits? Or is it more general. For example, can't a snow globe have other mediums in which the flaky bits fly around? With the inflatable snow globes, air, obviously, is the medium. Another example of a snow globe-like novelty is the lava lamp. Not shaped like a globe, but it is self-contained as with the inflatable snow globes, requires no constant intervention to make the thing work. All you need to do is to plug it in, switch it on and await the globs of wax to do their thing.

Now, I have owned several lava lamps, and while I misses the hippie days by a few years, I've always been a hippie at heart. From the sandals to the long hair, to the love of flowers and the partaking of "things," I was and probably always will be a hippie--at the moment, however, I look nothing like I used to save for the sandals in summertime.


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