A conversation with Elliot Grossman ’17 and Jake Small ’17

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If you’ve ever seen a boy in stripes walking shoeless in the rain or a bearded tree climber in a t-shirt and shorts in the snow, then you’ve discovered the wonders that are Jake Small ’17 and Elliot Grossman ’17. They’ve been sporting these looks since they arrived on campus last academic year. The two are somewhat of legends on campus, with many over the course of our talk coming up and saying hello, or commenting on their attire. With all the blizzards cramping our style, classes, and sanity, we here at Blog couldn’t help but wonder how our two fearless peers were faring in this snowpocalypse.

We got these two friends together to interview each other on the ins-and-outs of being Mother Nature’s best naysayers.

Elliot: I just want to start by pointing out that I am showing a lot more skin to the elements. I mean that’s a little bit more hardcore. I know this isn’t a competition, but I am also winning it. I mean, this guy is wearing a scarf, long sleeves, pants…

Jake: Do you have a problem with my scarf?

Elliot: My only problem with it is that it’s not colorful enough.

Jake: Okay, so do you own pants?

Elliot: I do own pants. I don’t own any jeans, however. I own cargo pants to go with my cargo shorts, and I wear them for labs in the very few cases when forced to. Like, once a week. If I can ever get out of wearing pants for a lab, though, I do. So pants are required, but sometimes they’re like “well, if you forget, we’re not going to make you go back and change.” And then I forget…for the rest of the semester.

(To Jake) Do you own any shoes?

Jake: (Pulls out flip flops) They don’t let me into the dining halls without them.

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Winter Storm Juno’s pal Linus headed to town

Where are they going to put all this snow?

Because Juno wasn’t enough, everyone please welcome Winter Storm Linus. Linus has already ripped through the midwest and is headed straight for us. Boston is predicted to get up to a foot and a half of snow, while Providence is slated to receive only a meager 10 inches. A winter storm warning for Providence is in effect from 9 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

Winter Storm Linus is sure to be meaner than Linus from Peanuts.

A wintry mix later tomorrow means more ice–as if it wasn’t already impossible to walk at more than a glacial pace (see what I did there?????) on Providence’s nicely salted and shoveled sidewalks. And heavy snowfall, at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, tomorrow morning during rush hour will prove treacherous for commuters. Most Rhode Island public schools are closed tomorrow, according to the Providence Journal.

There’s been no word on class cancellations (we’re looking at you, Russell Carey), although I have already received emails from two professors about potential cancellations. Two snow days in a school year is unlikely, but not unprecedented following Winter Storm Sandy in 2012, which cancelled two days back to back. And even if the university remains open, be sure to check your email for individual class cancellations if professors can’t get to campus.

And, in a cruelly ironic twist, tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I guess that’s a good thing because the groundhog definitely won’t be able to see his shadow tomorrow. That being said, Providence is expecting snowfall two more days this week. Happy February everyone!

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Types of people you see in the rain

The rainy season is upon us. Blame whoever did the rain dance but, much like Shakira’s hips, the squish-squash of your steps don’t lie. Next time you go out, or observe people from your window, take a few moments to observe how your fellow Brunonians deal with the weather.

1. The “I’m cool” people

It’s not even that cold, guys. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt and am without an umbrella — but I’m still cool. These bumps all over my arms and my legs, they’re not goosebumps. For others they might be referred to as such, but for me, they’re coolbumps.

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Introducing: Poncho, the Northeast’s sassiest weather service, to Providence

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As of yesterday morning, the previously boutique NYC weather service Poncho has expanded to Lil’ Rhody.

Q: What is Poncho?

A: A simplified weather service customized to your daily morning routine, Poncho delivers only the hard facts via e-mail or text message every morning, complete with a sassy pop culture reference and a GIF to match. Poncho aims to prepare you for your day with the simplest impression of the forecast, rather than burdening you with a bevy of indecipherable statistics.

Take notes, incoming freshmen: Blog gets weak at the knees for all things Mean Girls.

Poncho has an endearing mascot to boot: phe is a domestic animal of ambiguous genus and species wearing a “poncho” that looks oddly similar to an American Apparel hoodie.

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Register for Providence-centric Poncho here and you’ll never have to worry about a (weather-inflicted) bad hair day again.  We’ll still have to live vicariously through New York to bookend our days with weather services, because it doesn’t look like anyone will be waxing poetic and scribing Providence weather reviews any time soon.

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BREAKING: Spring Weekend to be held outdoors

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The weather call has been made, and it’s good news! Get ready for 2,300 more tickets to be released at 2 p.m. today, because we’ll be rocking outside this weekend! The weather forecast may be iffy – but, this just in – NOBODY GIVES A F***!

Worst-case scenario, Brown will be singing in the rain for 2014, which is still awesome. Here’s to another year of Spring Weekend outside.

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See you on the green… but actually!

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BREAKING: April immediately brings summery weather, flowers, and overall happiness to College Hill

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Look outside, people! Flowers are blooming, bros are rocking Chubbies, and those really well-dressed kids whom you aggressively envy are posted up on the steps of Faunce! It’s a balmy 61 already this morning, and yesterday’s flooding on the Pawtuxet River is a mere memory. It’s as if the simple turning of the calendar from a month in which it’s meteorologically acceptable (though incredibly depressing) for it to be perpetually freezing and gray to a month that will bring us Binder and the beginning of Reading Period made your lingering seasonal affective disorder disappear overnight!

Oh wait. It’s 36 degrees out with a wind chill of 28. April fools. Has anyone designed a Diplo-themed parka on Teespring yet?

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