Unlike in Portland, Oregon, here in Boston we don’t even need snow to have a snow day — just the anticipation of snow is enough to declare a “snow emergency” here in the city. They are apparently trying to forestall the great snow debacle of 2007 in which the entire city shut down at once and traffic came to a stand-still. Coming from an area where this kind of snow fails to shut down the schools I have to admit I find the situation a little humorous. Still — it’ll give me some free time to help Hanna get packed for her vacation, and pick up those last few Christmas gifts.