Snow Day Part II

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Well, today is another snow day even though there’s no snow coming down.  It’s freezing rain.  That nightmarish precipitation that turns all roads and walkways into sheets of ice that are just begging to hurt you.  I hate this type of weather more than snow because of the danger it creates.

Of course, the buses aren’t running, so the toddler is staying home.  In reality, his school day is delayed and he’s supposed to go in later.  Yet, no buses and the local news is screaming for people to not go out unless it’s an emergency.  He’s staying home because even if I get him to school, I’ll have to drive back out to get him.  The weather is supposed to get more icy too, so he gets another day of sleeping in and playing with his trains.

Sadly, this means he misses out on the book fair they were having today.  I’m not too upset because we’ve been given so many hand-me-down books that there are piles of them on his floor.  He only wants us to read 4 books to him too:

  1. Yertle the Turtle
  2. Puff the Magic Dragon
  3. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think
  4. A Finding Nemo book about Perseverance.

Due to this weather, work and school have been iffy.  Greg’s visit has been pushed back to the weekend, which means I won’t be around much on Saturday.  Then we get our next big storm Sunday night into Monday, but the toddler has off from school all of next week.  I really do hate how these storms keep hitting on the days that my wife is supposed to work, so she can’t get into work.  She tries and then the car gets stuck, so we’ll see what happens today.

Maybe employers should do something in regards to snow days that doesn’t cost an employee pay or sick days.  It isn’t an employee’s fault that bad weather happens and roads are impassable, so why be penalized?  This is one of the things I truly hated about office work.  You felt like you were punished for things beyond your control like bad weather and disease.  It led to such foolish acts as driving in blinding snowstorms and going in sick.  I love how I was always told to stay home during these moments for my own good, but that one day off is critical when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.  I’m ranting now and nothing will ever change here, but it really is sad that people are put in these positions.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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20 Responses to Snow Day Part II

  1. I can’t get beyond my garage. Only about 5-6″ of snow but the winds have made a mess of it. Poor Warren because he gets the unenviable task of getting the driveway clean enough so I can get to work. Hopefully he can do that before mid afternoon.


  2. 1WriteWay says:

    Icy rain is the worst. We had icy rain in Florida last week and, of course, most people around here don’t have a clue how to drive in it. One day the schools and universities were all closed, which usually (and should) mean that state government should close too. But it didn’t. Still had to go into work. I felt sorry for those parents who had to take annual leave or tag-team in order to deal with the schools being closed. Usually when our offices close, we get “administrative” leave. But it’s a rare occurrence. Usually only happens on Christmas Eve when the governor wants to curry favor and gives us the day off. Anyway, sorry to hear about all the lousy weather you’re getting and that more is coming. I do hope your wife can stay safe on the roads. That really does suck that she has to go into work or use her own leave.


  3. They should do something about it. 😦 Sucks that the weather is putting a damper on things.


  4. sknicholls says:

    A silver lining in a gray cloud. We had one week of pure rain but no ice this far south in FL. I met NONE of my goals for the week. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Yertle the Turtle is boring to me. I would go insane.


    • I like Yertle the Turtle, but I prefer Oh, The Thinks You Can Think. I’m hitting some goals, but most of them are being tossed out the window. My plan for today is to get a week’s worth of posts done and then work more on Elysium Saga. I’ll get back to the book tomorrow.


  5. L. Marie says:

    Ugh. Looks like my town. My sister-in-law’s commute was two hours. I remember the days like that when I had a long commute.


    • Me too. Been years since I had a really bad one since I learned to simply use sick days. I took the hit and openly admitted that no job is worth risking my life on a commute. Better to miss one day than end up in traction.


  6. You just can’t catch a break, sorry to hear that. I agree with you that it is a shame that employees get dinged for circumstances beyond their control, but I’m sure that employers feel the same way. Its an unfortunate way of life I suppose.


    • 2014 is definitely not my year.

      I’m sure many employers feel the same way, but it always felt that there would be a point on the corporate ladder where they don’t care. I guess I don’t see why people don’t change that system to at least allow for bad weather.


  7. Love Dr. Seuss.

    When I was a student, a girl came to chemistry class really sick one day. I asked her why she didn’t stay home: “If you come to class sick, then you can enjoy days off when you’re fine and the instructor will think you must really be feeling bad since you normally come even when you’re sick.”


  8. ioniamartin says:

    But Yertle planned to take over the world so the little bastard is my enemy by default.


  9. Jack Flacco says:

    I must be living in the same general vicinity as you are with all the snow we received yesterday. It’s been crazy. Almost every other day there’s a snowstorm. I don’t remember it being this bad since the winter of 98-99. Now that was a crazy winter. This one’s worse though. Dipping temperatures in the low -20C (yes, Celsius), Arctic Vortexes, Ice Quakes–man, we’re now contending with trying to figure out where to put all the snow since all the side areas of the driveway are almost five feet high and the snowthrower has to dump the white stuff somewhere. What a dilemma!


    • We have a reprieve until Sunday, so I’m hoping the sun gets rid of some of the current mess. The issue yesterday was that it turned to freezing rain about mid-morning, which I find I hate more than snow.


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