Editor’s Note: The Bar Belle actually made it to the office today — after going to the gym. And she drives a MINI Cooper. Now that’s dedication.
Snow day! After staying up too late watching the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special, those two words are almost heaven sent.
Before a single snowflake fell last night, school already was canceled. Bosses texted employees telling them to use judgement in the morning. And as morning came, the texts took on a stern tone: Stay home! The roads are treacherous and snow plows are few and far between.
So what now? What do you do with all this free time on your mitten-covered hands? Well, you could binge watch Netflix, take a nap or shovel snow. But what fun is that? If you’re like me and ransacked Kroger yesterday for tonic and bourbon (I don’t consume bread or milk), then you’re pretty much set. Maybe share with a neighbor or two. Call a friend who lives close by and encourage her to make the trek. Bribe her with Maker’s Mark and the complete series collection of “Ally McBeal.”
If you’re feeling adventurous and you have four-wheel drive, head to your nearest dive bar or favorite lunch spot and grab a bite to eat. The city is urging us to stay off the roads, so if you can walk to your local neighborhood watering hole, even better. It’s times like this I believe Germantown has it all figured out — a bar on every corner? Genius.
I once ended up at Za’s Pizza during a snow day a few years back, and it was one of the most memorable times I’ve had there. All these layered-up strangers seeking warm shelter and hot pizza came together under one roof and were immediately bonded. Pizza and beer and empty seats were swapped and shared freely like we were family.
The one downside to this being a Monday is that some restaurants and bars are closed. Be sure to check their Facebook pages to make sure they’re open. I just checked with my favorite watering hole (The Back Door), and they confirmed they’ll be open at 4 p.m. If you can’t wait that long, try places like Wick’s, Check’s or the new Mellow Mushroom in the Highlands. My guess is they’re open and awaiting your company.
What else is there to do today? Take a walk and snap some photos. Go sledding in Cherokee Park. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway, since you likely didn’t make it to the gym today. Walk to the nearest coffee shop. Facebook stalk your exes. Have a snowball fight with your dog.
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