I have just one question as the Washington, D.C. region faces a snowbound weekend: Whatever happened to team spirit? To the esprit de corps that spurs people to go the extra mile for their teammates? To the collective elan epitomized by “The Three Musketeers” motto “all for one and one for all?”
Answer: It must have melted away with the inch of snow that paralyzed the District Wednesday night.
The small storm blew in just in time to turn the commute into something straight out of a disaster movie. Major interstates came to a standstill. Cars were abandoned. Police were overwhelmed and frustrated motorists spent a long night just trying to make it home in time to do it all again Thursday morning.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang called it a sneaky storm that was overshadowed by the blizzard forecast for this weekend.
For my part, I was happily drooling on my pillow while the situation was unfolding, comfortable beneath warm blankets and totally oblivious.
I’m not this weekend.
I’m writing this in my hotel room in D.C., where the Wednesday night dusting was just the warmup act for the main event – the storm that forecasters say could break regional snowfall records.
Call it the price I pay for choosing a career in radio journalism.
The show must go on.
Anyone who has ever worked in a newsroom understands that. You could even say journalists have taken the mailman’s creed to heart.
“Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night” and all that.
Duty calls. It’s what we signed up for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get out of it.
Just be prepared for the consequences.
Earlier this week, when we started getting word of the storm that’s outside my hotel window right now, I started pestering a colleague to fill in for me.
He was a good sport, but he wouldn’t be moved. Not even after I made like Tom Sawyer and told him how much fun he’d have cooped up in a hotel and working through the weekend. I even tried the old “take one for the team” gambit.
He didn’t bite.
So much for team spirit.
Truth be told, I was just kidding around (sort of). But what goes around actually came around.
The storm is expected to drop so much snow there are fears my co-worker and others won’t be able to make it to work Monday morning.
So guess who may end up taking one for the team now?