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In my experience, snow can make people cranky. I’ve lived in the Midwest all of my life- you would think we’d get to use to snow. But it seems, it never fails. The white stuff starts falling, our plans get delayed, and the complaining begins. Hey, I’m just as bad as the next guy on that. But tonight, I stumbled across a place filled with people with ruined travel plans- and no one was complaining. My story took place tonight at an indoor water park, the Ramada Tropics Resort in Des Moines.

The indoor water park. Doesn't it look inviting?

The indoor water park. Doesn’t it look inviting?

The funny thing was, stepping into that tropically warm pool area, with a tiki bar surrounded by people with smiling faces, actually had the opposite effect on me- it made me sad. Sad, becuase I was jealous! I wish I had an excuse to hang out in a warm water park all day as I watched the snow fall outside.

The tiki bar at the Ramada. It's the first thing you see when you walk in.

The tiki bar at the Ramada. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.

As I longed for that excuse, I thought about all the other excuses I had been hearing lately. The excuses from people not to go to the gym, to school or work because of the weather. Now, I’ve never been able to blame the weather on not showing up to work. My job kind of requires me to be there rain or shine. If my car won’t get there, someone will pick me up. There’s always a way. But it got me wondering- when we live in the Midwest is “bad weather” a good enough excuse to cancel our days?

The interstate during the storm

The interstate during the storm

Now I’m definitely not condemning anyone for doing it. I see the roads and the accidents- it can be dangerous out there. I’m simply just wondering. Have you found yourself in a spot where you have had to use bad weather as a reason, or are you an employee who won’t take that as an excuse? When is it valid, and when is it considered just that- an excuse?

I know one thing for sure. Days like these make me desperately miss snow days as a kid. Only leaving the house for a friendly game of touch football in the snow, followed by hot cocoa and movies? Um, yes please!

Me in the snow today all bundled up

Me in the snow today all bundled up

What’s your ideal snow day? Has it changed since you were a kid?

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