Just as my classmates and I were
getting acclimated to our new and busy schedules in Washington D.C. this
semester, a series of unprecedented snowstorms has essentially paralyzed the
city and sequestered us all here in Arlington. In total, nearly 56 inches of
snow has fallen this winter, shattering the previous record that was set back
in 1898. From the two most recent blizzards alone, Arlington has received
nearly 30 inches of snow.
It almost goes without saying
that the government has been crippled by this and was shut down four days last
week (on a side note, shutting down the federal government for one day costs
roughly $100 million in lost productivity – a major “ouch” for taxpayers). The flip
side, of course, is that we’ve all been able to sleep in late, have epic
snowball fights, watch old episodes of the West Wing – and bond throughout it
all. It feels like an arctic rendition of spring break.
By now, though, we all are
getting an itch to get back to our internships and classes. Severe cabin fever
has spread like the plague as we all agonize over what to do with ourselves. It
doesn’t help that we’ve been disconnected from the city for so long because of
the metro, which closes above ground stations after 8 inches of snow have
fallen on the tracks. Hopefully next week the snow will be cleared, the city
will come back to life, and we’ll all be able to resume life as usual. I for
one am ready for some warm, summer days.