Monday, March 02, 2009

Snow Day!


Hilariously enough after writing about not being able to stop sleeping I woke up no less than 4 times last night and had trouble going back to sleep. I don't even like to be told what to do by me. Truth be told, I think I was excited about the snow. It wasn't a million feet of snow but it was half a foot or more by 6am, it's cold like the arctic and windy like the tundra.

Still, it wasn't the worst day I've ever seen and I did hear plows all night. The last time I had a snow day it was in the middle of summer and it was actually a flood day. The entire subway system was shut down. Today, though, the NYC Public Schools were closed. Last time that happened? Blizzard of '96*. It was the wind that finally put this one over the edge for me. The office I work in is on the 37th floor. High rise buildings are made to bend so they don't break. Even knowing this, the endless creaking and the fact that I can actually feel the flooring moving at a different rate than the plumbing when I'm in the bathroom is like a hair trigger for my inner panic button. So, I decided that today, what with the schools closed and all, I had a valid excuse not to endure that. Not like I'm going to get another one of those any time soon.

Gonna fill my snow day with a Battlestar Galactica binge, maybe a Friday Night Lights binge and at least one hard core nap. Oh, and watching the snow continue to fall and blow out there on the city tundra.


*The local We're-All-Gonna-Die-From-Weather! weather man was criticizing the schools chancellor for closing schools today. He kept snarking over the 6-8 inches of snow today and the 20 inches of snow on the last snow day in '96. Sure, kids could have gone to school today but I contend that there are a lot of factors besides the inch count (something we'd all be smart to remember in all areas of life). I've been out there, it's actually really icy, even on the main roads. Apparently they plowed but didn't sand or salt. It's also quite windy. A lot of very young kids walk to school on their own. A lot of kids take school buses. We're not in the same place as Chicago where they're only plowing main roads due to budget constraints (I wonder if this is what the don't-want-no-government-assistance folks were thinking about when they shunned, well, government assistance) but it's going to be a while before anyone gets to the smaller streets. It's possible that the chancellor and the mayor made this decision based on some slight reduction in plowing and sanding services due to budgetary concerns. If I were a parent I'd be perfectly happy not to have my kid riding in a bus on streets thick with ice or walking on crosswalks plagued by idiots driving on an inch of ice. So, yeah, it's a questionable call, but almost every snow day is, it's not worthy of any kind of snark. Particularly by a dude who only goes on camera when everyone else calls in due to weather.

4 comments:

  1. Enjoy your day! I took the day off too, getting ready to shovel. I like to do it in shifts.

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  2. Frightful weather you are having. Glad to know you are making the very best of it!

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  3. Enjoy your day. The girls and I may watch a few episodes of Buffy and chill. I am quite happy that the day was called off around here - too many hilly roads to risk anything happening. Of course, that means we'll be in school later in June but it's worth it. We've had about a foot, but it's not sticky, much to the disappointment of my kids.

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  4. Mediaguy4:22 PM

    NY1 says DoS dropped 100000 tons of salt out there. No wonder my snow boots disintegrated...

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