J. Robert King

Snow Day!

That’s right, America. It’s a snow day!

Snow days are different. They’re not just days without school–Saturdays and Sundays. They’re not just holidays–Thanksgivings and Christmases. No, snow days are special.

They’re days off for no reason but insufficient infrastructure.

But that’s the whole point. A snow day is a suspension of reality because reality has failed. In that way, a snow day is a complete confirmation of what every child believes: The world sucks, and it’s suckiness will end it.

Come to think of it, this is pretty much the belief of every prophet since the beginning of time.

A snow day is rowing from Alcatraz. It’s cashing out before the  dot com bubble bursts. It’s fighting your way out of the shroud and kicking back the stone and scaring off the centurions and chatting up Mary Magdalen on your way to the sky.

Yeah, a snow day is feeling the world crash around you under its own corrupt weight and rising above it all.

It’s a get-out-of-jail-free day.

It’s a jubilee day.

It’s a snow day!

February 1st, 2011
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3 Responses to “Snow Day!”

  1. Jarrod Says:

    Viva la snow day, then! We have a sweltering 31′ Celcius here today. Even though it is a Saturday, it makes you glad to be working if for no other reason than to indulge in air con. And I’m too far north (in Aus) to have snow days, regardless of season.

    I have always felt a small guilty pleasure when it rained on sports days while at school. It wasn’t a feeling of liberation, so much as a feeling that I had cheated at something and gotten away with it. Of course, it was a terribly silly thing to think, as I had no control over the weather, but when sport was called off for that afternoon or day due to rain, I was filled with mixed emotions. Perhaps I felt that by wishing it to rain (and thus have sports cancelled), I was letting down my school mates who enjoyed sport.

    So, is a snow day the urban equivalent of a scholastic rainy day? The macro to my childhood micro of ‘getting the afternoon off’? If it did snow here, would I still feel somewhat guilty? I believe so, perhaps as a result of my own flaws. Stupid guilt.

    Regardless, it says something about the pressures and expectations that are placed on our shoulders, that we seek and enjoy ‘time outs’ such as these. Did our tribal ancesters feel the same? Or is it part and parcel with our consumerist and capitalist ways of life?

    Have fun rising, may you stay up as long as you need to.

  2. admin Says:

    I hope you don’t live near all of the flooding!

    I guess a snow day is like a scholastic rain day. We got about two feet of snow, which really did debilitate everything for a day. And it will again when this all melts. I’m thinking we’ll see floods in March.

    Yes, I do think it speaks to our pressure-cooker lives when what amounts to a small-scale catastrophe is a relief rather than a setback.

    Send some of your hot weather our way!

  3. Jarrod Says:

    Ah, if only I had powers over the elements, then I’d surely send our excesses where they are needed!

    I currently live in Brisbane, which was largely affected by the floods (as were many other towns and cities). I was lucky enough that my house came through the disaster unscathed, though.

    Recently my poor state has all of the hallmarks of a hollywood ‘end of days’ film!

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