I was really hoping to go into the office today. But the weather prognosticators were calling for Snow Storm Saturn – when did they start naming Snow Storms? They used to just be called snow storms. The pretty multi-colored, multi-banded maps showed the District getting 3-9 inches, the next band, where I live, getting 6 – 12 inches, then the band west of ours even more than that. At 4:00 this morning, with the snow really just starting to come down, the decision was made to shut everything down today, the government included. The way it works these days is, if you had already scheduled to work from home, you are still expected to work from home, or take leave. If you weren’t scheduled to work from home, you get a snow day. A paid day to stay at home.
So, technically, I was supposed to have a snow day, since I was planning to go into work, but I had a couple of conference calls I’d planned to conduct from my office, so I just had them from home. I also had other tasks to work on. If I didn’t do them today, it would just be more I’d have to do tomorrow. Plus, I always consider myself a taxpayer first, government employee second, and felt compelled to work for my pay. Later this year, I’ll get the opportunity to not get paid for not working, when my ass gets furloughed, along with 10,000 other employees in my agency, including 7,000 Food Inspectors. Because our CFO did a good job preparing us for this eventuality, we only have to take 11 furlough days, instead of 22, like other agencies have to do.
Back to snow day…pictured is as deep as it got in the “6 to 12 inch” band. As a Snow Storm, Saturn was more like “Sadder One”. When I wasn’t working or conference calling, I watched a bunch of episodes of a really compelling Net Flix series called “House of Cards”. The appropriately named series is a drama about a majority Whip who will do anything to improve his own political standing. At least this fiction called itself fiction, as opposed to certain weather forecasts.
Tomorrow, we get back to reality. Just another happy day in the Nation’s Capital.
God Bless America!