Incoming

Just thought I’d get this written before I assumed the weather-induced fetal position which has been advised due to the impending snow tomorrow.

Oh yes, somehow the collective recollection of Minnesotans has gone the way of the dodo, rendering us incapable of believing that it can be cold and snowy in the middle of April. Hell, after this winter, you’d think we’d realize that anything’s possible: even the scheduled locust invasion in August.

I was helping a woman today with a problem, and the snow today seemed to be her sole focus: she was positive it would ruin her weekend, and she wanted me to prove to her that her VPN connection was working just in case she was snowed in tomorrow and couldn’t make it to work. It was at that moment that I half jokingly asked how far her home was from the office. “Oh, only about 10 minutes drive,” she said.

Gaaah!

It’s strange what we people have become: I’m sure that our caveman forebears and later ancestors all faced this weather with great difficulty: I mean early settlers to this area had to have had winters like this: tons of snow, lots of cold, and a poorly heated and insulated hut being the only thing to protect them from the elements. And considering that most probably farmed for a living, that meant facing the weather to get to the barn to tend to the animals. And let’s not even begin to discuss the plumbing situation. That makes the phrase “morning constitutional” take on a whole new meaning.

But these days, we complain about our 20-foot walk from the door to the car in the cold or rain or snow or wind. And we drive relatively huge distances to get to work. And how did they deal with the flooding we’re seeing now? Did they stay at the homestead to protect it from the rising water, or did they evacuate?

Oh, I won’t like the weather tomorrow, I’m certain. But I’ll try not to complain too much. There isn’t anything I can actually do about it, so why let it damage the mood?

But one thing’s for sure: I will be working at the office tomorrow. Not looking for an excuse to stay home.

See you tomorrow.