Sno’ Lack of Politics

Having survived some three feet of snow – and, more impressively, spending an entire week cooped up inside with the family – it’s time to reflect on the lessons learned from the experience.

1. Old phonebooks don’t burn as well as you’d think.

2. Snow ice cream is pretty good.

3. Kids can’t get enough snow ice cream.

4. There are like only four original shows on Nick Jr. that they constantly replay.

5. Is it just me, or is Diego getting older while Dora isn’t?

6. In the internet age having the office closed doesn’t mean you get the day off.

7. Dogs get even more stir crazy than people.

8. Using a crowbar is not the best way to free frozen fire wood.

9. Witnessing drifting snow undo hours of shoveling is one of the hardest sights you’ll ever see.

10. Having the federal government closed doesn’t slow down petty politics.

I’ve seen the best of people during this experience – neighbor helping neighbor – and the worst of politics with the whole debate over what the episode proves about climate change. Didn’t there used to be a time when these events brought our leaders together like they do with the rest of us? The various media outlets jostling over whether this was “Snowmageddon” or the “Snowpocalypse” and the trivial debate over what one weather event says about the climate makes me wish that they all had been locked down together in the Capitol Building for the week. Maybe then they would see things, and each other, differently.

Many people this past week experienced the true meaning of family and community. Unfortunately they did not see that same spirit from the people who should be setting the example. That will only serve to exacerbate our already low opinion of Washington.

I won’t need to see any more snow for quite some time, but I am forecasting a blizzard of a different sort at the ballot box this November.

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