Jill Burcum: And the snow fell

  • Article by: JILL BURCUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2011 - 10:06 PM

The annual autumn bout of magical thinking lasted longer than usual this year. But the lacey veil of snow that descended Saturday put an end to my hopes that maybe this year, somehow, we’ll get a pass from winter.

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BallFourNov. 21, 11 8:19 PM

We may be snowed under but we are unbowed. BALLFOUR: Never understood why, with telecommuting and flexible work days that Minnesota businesses don't just tell their employees to haul home their laptops and work from home when a storm is forecast for the next day in Minnesota. This 'badge of courage' notion of spending 90 minutes on the road for a normal half-hour commute is not only stupid, but it impedes snow removal. Why can't business leaders and government officials wise up to this?

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rlundl02Nov. 22, 11 8:05 AM

Why can't business leaders and government officials wise up to this?===== Because instead of working, the people stay home and get drunk.

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gandalf48Nov. 22, 11 9:13 AM

rlundl02 - [Because instead of working, the people stay home and get drunk.] *** So you're saying about the same amount of work gets done? I know when it's going to be bad weather that's all people talk about, everyone going to the windows to look at the weather and not only do people come into work late they end up leaving early as well. Wouldn't it be better that people can at least try to get something done from home not waste 2-3 hours driving in their car just to work 4-5 hours and then talk about weather at work losing focus or being at home actually getting something done.

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MorgNov. 22, 1111:28 AM

While an extended autumn is always welcome, I love the change of seasons, and as a 46-year-old "kid" I still love watching it snow, the more the merrier. Snow, and its beauty, are what make the bonechilling temps tolerable. I would actually prefer a cold day to a hot, humid day. Nothing more miserable than being soaked with sweat as soon as you step out of the house. The only things I dislike about winter are the drivers, who can't seem to grasp the notion that you can't drive--or, more accurately, stop--the same way you do on dry pavement, and those who think that having four-wheel-drive makes them impervious to the elements.

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theyankee69Nov. 22, 11 7:15 PM

Now if only everyone bothered to shovel and salt their sidewalks and driveways, there would be no reason to fret. Those dancing snowplows and lazy landlords (business and personal) make life rather dangerous for pedestrians.

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