Would You Show Up to Game Night–or the Senate–in a Snowstorm?

Arch_Snow-AI host game night every Wednesday. This is easy for me to do because I don’t have to leave my condo. I simply spend 2 minutes vacuuming during the day, and sometimes I make dessert. No problem.

However, for everyone else, it requires driving to my neighborhood. This isn’t difficult, except on days like today when there’s a good 6 inches of snow on the ground. So a few hours before game night, I told everyone that it was totally fine if they decided not to come.

6 people showed up (out 0f 9).

I was pretty amazed by this. Who are these people, braving the snow like that? I wouldn’t have driven through the snow to attend game night tonight, and I love games!

It reminded me of a recent story about a blizzard in Washington DC. The next day, apparently only women showed up to work at the Senate. Here’s a quote from the article:

As Murkowski took stock of the Senate floor, the Republican senator from Alaska noticed that every single person who showed up to work was a woman.

“As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber and the presiding officer is female,” Murkowski said, addressing the floor. “All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female.”

How awesome is that?! The turnout was bipartisan, and it wasn’t planned. One might say that the women in the Senate just had more fortitude and desire to work than the men.

While that wasn’t the case tonight (2 women, 4 men), I have newfound respect for anyone who braves the elements, whether it’s to play board games or run the country.

Do you mind driving in the snow? Would you have shown up for game night and your Senate job?

5 thoughts on “Would You Show Up to Game Night–or the Senate–in a Snowstorm?”

  1. I often shake an angry fist at the elements as if they’re personally trying to test my mettle, so I approach any snow with an “I’ll show you!” mentality. Quite frankly, the thought of not going into work (or wherever I’m going) doesn’t actually cross my mind until I’m already stuck in the snow. Whether this is right or wrong, it usually ends with me getting to where I intended to go!

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  2. I love driving in the snow, as long as the roads are mostly free of traffic. When we had that big snowstorm a few weeks ago, I came home after a long, miserable commute in gridlock to find that the motor in my furnace had blown and I had no heat. After debating what to do for a while and discovering no one would come out to fix it that night, I packed a bag around 9pm and went to stay somewhere else completely across the city. Everyone was off the roads by that point, but it was still snowing like crazy. Having the road to myself was a lot of fun and reminded me that it’s one of my favorite times to be out driving! I also took a trip to Kansas City a year or two ago right in the middle of a blizzard. I was traveling to visit a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while and wasn’t going to let the snow stop me.

    We always had a lot snow in the winter where I grew up, so I learned how to drive in it pretty quickly. As long as there aren’t a lot of nervous drivers clogging up the roads, I’ll take on the challenge!

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  3. I also run my own company, so I don’t really get sick days or snow days and since it’s winter most of the year up here (Thunder Bay, Ontario) it’s just something we get use to.
    We’ve been building outside all this week, and the warmest day has been -27, meaning a lot of tools freeze up or break. But I have three amazing kids and they love to eat! So for work, I’d need a few meters of snow to stop me 🙂
    Now games on the other hand, being my favorite pastime, I would be similar to Jamey and have people over to my place, because worse case senario my wife and I can still play!

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