The New York Times Advice During a Blizzard: Do Nothing!

Get some hot chocolate and cuddles and it’s about the same!

Well I was going to write about how your job is (likely) pointless and how that happens…

But this is so much better!

The snow cares not for your deadlines, your happy hour plans, your scheduled C-section. It wants only to fall on the ground and lie there. And it wants you to, too.

Needless to say, you should. Unless you’re a plow driver or a parka-clad elected official trying to look essential, one doesn’t pretend to do battle against a blizzard. You submit. Surrender. Hunker down. A snowstorm rewards indolence and punishes the go-getters, which is only one of the many reasons it’s the best natural disaster there is.

I had never made this connection (mostly because I hate the cold) but snowstorms are awesome.

Think about it: Cancelled school, canceled work (though maybe not), cancelled obligations.

Did you have a date that was gonna suck? Cancel!

Hate your job? Cancel!

Don’t want to go to school? Cancel!

Hate where you live or are homeless?

…Well, OK, sorry about that. I guess snowstorms don’t exactly help everyone, sadly.

But aside from the folks this leaves (ahem) out in the cold, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

Curl up to your favorite person (including yourself!) with a nice blanket, watch some lazy movies and enjoy the fact that if you had stuff to do, you don’t anymore!

And hey, if you do have stuff around the house, you could still likely use the snow as some sort of excuse.

“Honey, weren’t we gonna clean today?”

“Oh, well, you know, I just got so discouraged from the snow outside ruining our plans…wanna watch Clerks?”

See? It can be a great device for saving your marriage too!

Joking aside, there’s one more thing from this article I enjoyed:

In the winter of 1985 my hometown, Buffalo, was engulfed in a blizzard — not an uncommon occurrence for the region, which is justly famed for epic snows. But this was a big one, and the city’s blustery Irish-American mayor, Jimmy Griffin, was at pains to persuade people to stop trying to go about their business as conditions deteriorated. He urged Buffalonians to “relax, stay inside and grab a six-pack,” which must be the best advice any elected official ever gave the public in an emergency situation.

Now that is some governance that this anarchist can get behind!

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