He may have been the only silver lining in Boston’s recent transformation into the fictional ice planet of Hoth. He was seen shovelling out cars and walking in various parts of greater Boston. He has more than 8,000 Twitter followers and made national news.
We got a hold of the Boston Yeti and asked him about the weather, the T and his impostor. Turns out the dude loves positivity and, no, he wouldn’t tell us his real name.
Metro: Are you sick of the snow?
Yeti: I wouldn't say I'm sick of it. There's much romance and wonder in snow. That said, I do hope for a break from the snowfall so that Bostonians can shovel out. I'd also really like to see local business open back up and get back to normal. So many people in our state have been impacted negatively by this weather. I think we would all agree that everyone deserves a snow vacation.
You've apparently inspired a copycat yeti. What do you think of that?
Well, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If I can inspire those to embrace the brighter side of our unfortunate weather situation, and in turn spread the smiles even farther, then I have no issue!
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What made you do this?
A perfect storm of loving the outdoors (particularly windy, snow nights) and loving people. This city is percolating with good people, animals, and organizations. (For example: Snowcrew, a local organization that organizes volunteers to help shovel out those who are unable to.) I'm just trying to stamp my oversized footprint on the larger story.
Why keep your identity under wraps?
My identity is irrelevant. The real focus should be on remembering that weather and things we choose to follow on social media needn't always be negative. If I'm able to somehow embody positivity for even just one person impacted by our unprecedented weather, then I've done my job.
In that case, what can you tell us about yourself? Where are you from? Age? Work?
That's an easy question: I'm the one, the only Boston Yeti.
How long have you had the yeti suit?
You've amassed quite the Twitter following and made national news. What do you make of that?
I think it's all quite fun and flattering. Everyone has been sending the positivity back in my direction which I greatly appreciate. I never expected I would make so many friends in such a short amount of time. I appreciate each and every one of them - Yeti Nation continues to grow.
Any plans for the spring?
Great question! I've been thinking a lot about the spring. I would love to make my way to Fenway Park for a home game. I'm told by other forest dwelling friends that there's quite a buzz in the air when the Boston Red Sox play at home. I'm wondering if they sell a vegan version of the Fenway Frank. Do you know?
Any advice for folks looking to avoid cabin fever?
Try meditation! If that's not your thing then I would highly recommend puzzles. In our fast paced world we're consumed by things that buzz, blink, and beep. In my travels I rarely see someone not engaged with some kind of nifty electronic toy. We should consider getting back to the simpler things - the things we can engage with w/o a power source. Not to brag, but I'm known back in the forests as an avid puzzler.
The Boston Police Commissioner referred to you as Chewbacca. How does that make you feel?
It makes me feel great! I admire Chewbacca and all of his intergalactic adventures, though I do find myself to be easier to understand and slightly more articulate.
How did you spend Valentine’s Day?
Wouldn't you know it I received a valentine from a secret admirer! I spent Valentines Day trekking through Somerville, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain trying to find the gift giver, but alas had no luck. Ah, mysteries are more fun anyway.
When are you going to fix the T?
Well, I'm quite honored to hear that some of you think I possess such skills. I think the MBTA folks are doing the best they can under some very trying circumstances. I know more about forest dwelling and snow removal - so, I'll stick to what I know and let the pros do their job.