Given extreme circumstances, there’s nothing wrong with bending a few rules, throwing a few bones, or going out on a limb to give the benefit of the doubt that you probably would not otherwise. So, when it’s all of -8 F (for the daytime high) and you hold a position of power such that you can influence the following, please do!
- Work should be optional
- In the event that point 1 is impossible, or that you’re too
bat-shit crazydedicated to take advantage of point 1, parking ramps and meters near work should be free (both available and not requiring payment in exchange for goods)
- The fob-secured front door of fancy apartment buildings should be kindly disabled by the
ditzy and obliviouslovely front desk worker lady for the totally harmless looking college student frantically trying to call their friend to let them in with nearly frozen fingers on a handicapped phone screen
- You should not have to punch and re-punch your zip code into the unresponsive metal keypad at the gas pump to confirm that you really have not stolen the credit card you’re trying to use just to purchase gas, paying at the pump, on the coldest damn day of the year
- Gyms should be free (see note in point 2)
I hope that very few of you can actually related to any of these. If you can though, I hope your car has a full tank of gas and that you have a job where you can call in cold or just work from home!