Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Comedy of Errors on a Snowy Day

I grew up in New England, where we are used to snow. We expect it. We know what to do with it. Here in Santa Fe it's different. We get winter here, with snow and cold. But for some reason, Santa Feans like to pretend that Santa Fe doesn't get snow, so they don't plan for it, don't much plow it, and sort of pretend it just hasn't happened! Also they drive as if nothing at all was different - which is to say, they speed in residential sections, pass on the right and talk on cell phones while driving, eating and making illegal u-turns.

Yesterday we awoke to a snowy morning. We live at the top of a hill now, and the lot wasn't plowed and I wasn't game to take our new car down an icy hill right off, so I moseyed at home rather than going straight into the yoga studio. (I work there on Mon/Tues/Wed mornings).  The first teacher cancelled class anyway, so no worries about rushing in.

Eventually the snow looked to be tapering off, so I went in. Going down the hill was treacherous, and I had to move far over so the big car coming UP the hill wouldn't whack me as he fishtailed all over the place. But once down, the roads were ... clear! As in, bare. As in, you'd almost not even know it had snowed.

Smooth trip to the studio, only to find upon arrival that we had no heat! The 9am teacher had to keep them doing sun salutations to stay warm. I also learned that five hearty souls had actually made it in to the 7:30 class - which had been cancelled - despite our instructions to please call in on snowy days to listen for a cancellation message. Of which there had been one, but ...oh well. Funny thing is, the Monday 7:30am class usually has 2 people, but of course on the SNOWY DAY, 5 people decide to come ...what's up with that??

To boot, I also discovered that helpful students had been answering the studio phone when it rang, before I got there. Which is actually NOT helpful, because the students told people the classes were taking place, when in fact, some later classes were cancelled. Had they left things alone, the callers-in would have gotten the message on the machine telling them this ... So, not so helpful!

Anyway, it's all rather funny and typical of our quirky yoga studio. One of the owners and I were talking later about how we could be our own Reality Show about a yoga studio where we plan for most things but whatever we forgot to plan for is what happens, and where everyone who comes is part of the family and tries to be helpful in the worst possible ways. I think it would be "Must See TV." It's just about the best place I've ever worked, because we do our best and then throw up our hands and say, "Well, who woulda thunk THAT would happen," but most of all because we always end up laughing.

Hope you have a smooth day today!
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14 comments:

  1. Knowing your Yoga studio as I do and knowing some of the "helpful/helpless" students, this is Soooooo how it happens there. "As the Yoga studio turns" It certainly is its own little soap opera! :>)

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  2. Welcome to New Mexico.
    Karen

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  3. The reality show is a fun idea! Great post, I enjoyed reading it even if it must have been a frustrating day for you!

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  4. There were definitely moments of frustration - but as I said, we always end up laughing! That's why I love this place!

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  5. How people react to weather related events is shows you a lot about their personality. I'm dreading the first snowfall this year unless it happens when I'm on vacation!

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  6. LOL! I love the yoga reality show idea. I'd watch for sure. But it sounds as if you all have a great attitude about the whole thing, which is perfect.

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  7. Stephsco - I know what you mean - whether I love a snow day or not depends a lot on whether I feel like I can just stay home and read and drink cocoa...or not.

    Julie, it would be a great show. Riveting. Seriously. We can drum up as much drama at a yoga studio as at a big corporation or a middle school!

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  8. I want to work with you! I used to work at a day spa. It was the BEST JOB EVER. How funny that people thought they were helping when they weren't. Reality TV confusion!

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  9. We got that snow too and it slowed the world for a day. Warming up to the 40's and all will return to normal. I grew up in Wisconsin and they know how to handle snow, not so much here in Lubbock.

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  10. Sounds like a great storyline for a book!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  11. Sounds like a great idea, Melissa!

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  12. Hi Everyone!
    Thanks for all the great comments -I think perhaps down the line these experiences will show up in one of my stories... it's a great place to work, and we get to do YOGA! Doesn't get much better than that...

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  13. When these kinds of days happen, I usually just congratulate myself on not having a boring life :)

    Gave you an award on my blog. Swing over to get it when you have a chance.

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  14. Thank you Tasha, you're sweet to do that. And no, never boring!

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