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Happy Snow Day

February 14, 2007   

While I was in high school, there was always one day in winter when I’d stay up late to check the news, waiting for Tulsa Public Schools to be cancelled for a snow day, and sometimes it was. I knew that wouldn’t happen when I got to college, so last night, I went to bed at 2 a.m., tired, but ready for the next day.

I woke up before my alarm went off because someone was shouting in the hallway – actually, it wasn’t really shouting, so much as repeating the same two words over and over, in disbelief and joy: “Snow day. Snow day? Snow day!”

We all opened our doors, frizzy-haired and bleary-eyed, and confronted him. I was still half-asleep when I checked my inbox, but sure enough, there was an email canceling all classes from our Dean of Students. My neighbor started blasting “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” and then we all went back to bed until lunch (which, I should add, we went to in our pajamas, because it’s a snow day). Needless to say, we are all grateful for the bit of weekend inserted into the middle of the week; I plan on reading, staying in my pj’s, and watching the snow drift until it’s taller than me (which will be in about an hour, I’d guess).

Ironically, it’s FebFest — last year, many of the events were cancelled due to too little snow, while this year, we’re hoping the weather doesn’t jeopardize our IMF show on Saturday. Fortunately, Chris Thile and How to Grow a Band made it to campus last night, and I caught the last half of their show in the Barn. The detour was probably one of the reasons I was up so late, but it was absolutely worth it; Thile joked, during the encore, that he and the band would love to meet us all afterwards, “mainly for financial reasons. No, I’m kidding — let’s have a snowball fight or something.”

Oh wow — the Buffers, our male a capella group, just walked into Milbank to deliver Buffergrams — guerilla serenades especially for Valentine’s Day — covered in snow. I’d completely forgotten it was Valentine’s Day; it’s more of a Happy Snow Day to me.