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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:01 PM

Giant snow ball fight in Tacoma Washington

I know this is not important, specially with all that is wrong with this world but for an hour, Tacoma took time out from the world.

Friday evening this town had a very rare major snowfall of 8 inches. That's more snow than we have had in the past 9 years combined. A resident who lives close to downtown announced a giant snow ball fight for the park the next day, since we were all snow bound and unable to drive.

As I walked the 10 blocks to the parked we encountered lots of people of all ages from tots, to children, grand parents, teenagers, young adults and middle age adults along with tons of furry friends. About 350-400 came out to hurl snow balls, while about 100-150 watched from the sidelines.

For an hour Tacoma forgot about the world and the towns problems and all you could hear was squeals, laughter, shouts, giggles and barks of excitement.

It doesn't seem like it's important, but for a short time we just reveled in what mother nature had given us.

It wound up being covered by several tv stations and papers from all over the US and Europe.

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Reply Giant snow ball fight in Tacoma Washington (Original post)
gopiscrap Feb 10 OP
redwitch Feb 10 #1
MontanaMama Feb 10 #2
gopiscrap Feb 10 #3
mgardener Feb 10 #18
MontanaMama Feb 10 #30
BumRushDaShow Feb 10 #4
uppityperson Feb 10 #5
htuttle Feb 10 #6
gopiscrap Feb 10 #22
SammyWinstonJack Feb 10 #7
sinkingfeeling Feb 10 #8
Ptah Feb 10 #9
gopiscrap Feb 10 #23
BumRushDaShow Feb 10 #17
MLAA Feb 10 #35
GP6971 Feb 10 #10
gopiscrap Feb 10 #24
GP6971 Feb 10 #28
backtoblue Feb 10 #11
akraven Feb 10 #12
DontBooVote Feb 10 #13
sinkingfeeling Feb 10 #15
DontBooVote Feb 10 #16
klook Feb 10 #33
Cracklin Charlie Feb 10 #14
11cents Feb 10 #19
gopiscrap Feb 10 #25
11cents Feb 10 #26
gopiscrap Feb 10 #34
customerserviceguy Feb 10 #32
Greywing Feb 10 #20
TalenaGor Feb 10 #21
calimary Feb 10 #27
betsuni Feb 10 #29
customerserviceguy Feb 10 #31
mommymarine2003 Feb 11 #36
gopiscrap Feb 11 #37
FuzzyRabbit Feb 11 #38

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:04 PM

1. I think it's wonderful!

Glad Tacoma had some fun with the snow!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:11 PM

2. I think it's great!!

Make the most of a tough situation by people having fun...with snow! Innocent and something folks will remember for a long time. Especially the kiddos. Donít apologize for posting good news. We need it badly. ⛄️ ❄️

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:12 PM

3. thank you..it's just not political or important though

But our family had a blast.

We are supposed to get 1-4 inches more tonight and 5-8 more tomorrow and 1 on EWed and possibly 2 more on Thursday

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:57 PM

18. Wish I could share your enthusiasm

We are supposed to get 15 + on Tues.
We had 20 + before Christmas. And various other storms and days of below zero.
We have had rain in between so there is lots of ice.
I cannot wait for Spring.

Enjoy your snow however!


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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:03 PM

30. It's important because it connects us.

I love the political discourse here on DU but it is a community built on what makes us human...hence all of the forums and discussion groups from religion to weather to politics.

It blew like a banshee here in western MT all weekend. I didnít bother shoveling until the wind stopped this morning and we had 3 foot drifts against every door! A 50 foot spruce fell on my neighborís house...it didnít breach the interior of the house, thankfully but lots of other trees fell too and the arborists are BUSY! A huge pine fell in the yard across the street and took the power line down so all those folks across the street didnít have power overnight...it was below zero without wind chill but everyone made it through ok. We were all in the street visiting about it this morning. I think the groundog that predicted an early spring is on crack.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:13 PM

4. Don't send that mess over here to the east coast!!!



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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:13 PM

5. K&R for snowball fights in pnw

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:13 PM

6. We try to do this every year at UW Madison

I think there were 4,000 students involved in one snowball battle between two sets of dorms a few years ago.

It does get that special Madison flavor, though, "As the battle fizzled, the carnage was clear: beards were crystallized with icicles, eyeglasses were fogged and askew. A man in a banana suit reached for a fallen comrade, who must have been quite chilled, as he was clad only in a Speedo." (from an article describing the icy donnybrook that year...)


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Response to htuttle (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:11 PM

22. I love it

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:14 PM

7. What fun!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:15 PM

8. Where are the photos?

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Response to Ptah (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:12 PM

23. thank you

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:40 PM

17. Here





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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:44 PM

35. When life gives you snow, make snow balls😬

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:22 PM

10. We had a lot of fun today

watching all the kids sliding down the small slopes next to our house (a water catch basin). Early in the morning we had about 20 kids with their parents. We had some really nice conversations with the parents.

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:13 PM

24. where are you located?

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:52 PM

28. We're in DuPont

at Northwest Landing.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:23 PM

11. What fun!!!



☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:27 PM

12. How fun is this? I love snowball fights!

At 64, I'm entitled to a little lead time. But the kids still can outrun me.

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Response to DontBooVote (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:37 PM

15. Thanks for posting the videos!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:38 PM

16. I love it when we can set aside our differences and have fun like this, together. :)

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Response to DontBooVote (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:25 PM

33. Wonderful!

Here in the Deep South we go nuts when it snows, too... sliding down hills on trash can lids & cardboard boxes, making our tiny lumpy snowmen, heaving snowballs that fall apart in mid-air, and then going inside for hot chocolate! Itís a blast those rare occasions when we get some.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:35 PM

14. I was in a 500 person snow ball fight once.

I never laughed so hard. I hurt all over from laughing so much.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:58 PM

19. I was born and grew up in Tacoma.

Looks like this took place in lovely Wright's Park.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:17 PM

25. a heart to a Tacoma native

where did you go to school? what area of town did you live in. I live on the historic north slope graduated from Wilson

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #25)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:26 PM

26. Thank you! I went to Foss HS

...which opened the year I started high school. My brother went to Wilson. Grew up on N 30th St. near Proctor, so probably not far from you.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #26)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:44 PM

34. not far at all

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Response to 11cents (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:24 PM

32. T-town is a great place

I worked there for about seven years. I remember being in an office in downtown Tacoma when the Nisqually earthquake of 2001 hit, a photocopy machine half the size of a Buick and I teeter-tottered over a joist for about a minute. At first, I though there was a giant loaded semi-truck rumbling through the street, but after twenty or thirty seconds, I knew I was experiencing my first earthquake.

When I went back to my department, our Guamanian typist was hiding under her desk, not amused in the slightest.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:59 PM

20. How wonderful! IMHO I think this was important to post

as many of us are so absorbed/stressed with everything. This reminds us all to laugh and enjoy each other!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:03 PM

21. omg I wish I knew! I'm in parkland!

I guess I would have to drive though LOL

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 10:41 PM

27. NICE!

We could all use a break. Even a vicarious one.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:01 PM

29. I grew up in a place south of Tacoma and remember a big snow in, I think, 1974.

We lived in a house in the woods and the car couldn't make it up the very steep long driveway (which became an excellent cardboard-box sledding course) for about a week. It kept snowing, I'd never seen such deep snow. The electricity went out and stayed out. There was nothing else to do but play in the snow or huddle around the fireplace reading or knitting by candle light. My sister and I walked into the quiet town a couple of times for supplies, but other than Mrs. Kruger at the grocery store we didn't see anybody. It was a Pacific Northwest version of "The Long Winter" and it was wonderful.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:20 PM

31. Oh, oh!

The Museum of Glass is there, I hope nobody broke anything!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

36. Saw this on the news tonight

I've been to Wright Park many times. I live in the Portland, Oregon area now, but we moved here a few years ago after living 16 years in Tacoma (Brown's Point). I still telecommute to my job in Tacoma. Snow is infrequent up there, but when it happens, it is exciting (except for the driving). I will be heading up there in a couple weeks, but I'm sure Seattle/Tacoma will be back to normal by then.

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Response to mommymarine2003 (Reply #36)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:04 AM

37. how cool

a heart from Tacoma person to another

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:23 AM

38. I love Wright Park.

I wish I had been there Sunday for the snowball fight. I lived just a few blocks from there for several years, and walked through the park on my way to and from work.

I liked Frisco Freeze also. Ate there often.

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