Are you stuck at home, unable to attend work or school because of two inches of snow your city knew in advance was coming but still made no effort to prepare for? Did you total your car in the strange fluffy white stuff you’d heard rumors of but had never before seen in your sunny, subtropical home state? Are you recuperating from the hypothermia you got while walking ten miles home in twenty degree weather after your fruitless attempt to escape the doomed city was halted by a Walking Dead style traffic jam? If the answer to any of these is yes, then you’re probably alone, scared, and wondering what to do with your life. Thankfully, I have put together some suggestions to help us geeks survive this modern-day ice age with our sanity intact.
1. Marathon that show you’ve heard so much about but have never gotten around to watching.
Everyone has at least one embarrassing gap in their entertainment experience. You meet a fellow geek and excitedly chat with them on your many shared passions and interests. It’s all fun and games until they make a reference that any self-respecting geek should get. When your ignorance becomes apparent, your credibility takes a major hit. A snow day is the perfect opportunity to prevent this embarrassing experience from ever happening again. With nothing to do all day, you can go on Netflix and marathon a season or two. They even helpfully created a category called Cult TV. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch Battlestar Galactica real quick.
2. Finally beat your high score on Flappy Bird.
Navigating a tiny, vertically challenged 8bit bird through pillars stolen from Mario may not be the most productive use of time, but nothing can beat that feeling of elation when you manage to surpass the high score you got that one time you were really lucky. Of course you immediately set out to better the new score, and two unsuccessful hours later you’re simultaneously pulling out chunks of hair and smashing your phone. On second thought, maybe Flappy Bird isn’t the best way to help you survive a snow day with your sanity intact.
3. Read the book you have laying around but never had time for.
Now you have a whole day free from obligation and responsibility. Read that book. As Jon Stewart once said, “There was a guy I saw at the beach this weekend with a device, it was like an iPad, only thicker, it entertains you for hours. It’s like individual screens with words on it, like a movie you can direct in your own head.”
4. Plot world domination.
The geek shall inherit the earth. That’s how the verse goes, right? Sure, in high school you might have sat alone in a corner while the sports stars and cheerleaders had everyone eating out of their hands and hanging on their every word, but in ten years’ time they’ll be brain damaged from too much college football and you’ll have invented the next big thing. If you set your mind to it you can do it, so spend your snow day plotting how you’ll become the next Mark Zuckerberg, hopefully minus the personality disorder.
Alternate options include sleeping in until noon, writing messages in the freshly fallen snow so huge they can only be seen from the air, or sledding down a steep hill on a rickety sled singing “Time To Say Goodbye” at the top of your lungs. I can recommend all three from personal experience.