(left) 4/03/16, (center) 12/30/17 and (right) 3/15/17
When I arrived this afternoon to the slopes of Cobb’s Hill, dozens of people were playing hookey. Except they weren’t. The late winter snowfall had cancelled school! Many people had an inkling last night; all got the official news in the very early morning.
These students go to Brighton High School and before school starts attend services at the Church of the Latter Day Saints on Westall Road. The sitting guy awoke at 4am to hear the joyous news. Normally, he is up at 5am, carpooled to church and then to school. Today he actually got out of bed past sunrise! The boy’s piety and love of learning notwithstanding, he said sometimes sleeping in is a really good thing.
The snow cancelled both church and state for these sledders.
This family’s son attends Nazareth Elementary School. They got the official news at about 5am. The boy said we was able to fall right back to sleep and didn’t wake up until eight o’clock. I asked when they decided to go sledding: at 5am when they heard it was a snow day!
They geared up for the day as soon as the announcement was official.
This guy — who preferred his face not be shown — was perhaps the most fortunate. On Friday, he was scheduled to take a Chemistry test for which he had insufficiently studied and feared would fail. Now he has the whole weekend to cram for the exam — if he doesn’t spend it skiing or sledding.
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are are invited to join.
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