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We Never Canceled Stuff 48 Hours in Advance

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 "In my day we never canceled school!"

Remember that fantastic skit Dana Carvey used to do on Saturday Night Live, Grumpy Old Man. He talked in that old man voice and said things like, "In my day, they didn't cancel school. You walked through 10 foot snow drifts in bare feet. They had to amputate people's feet due to frostbite when they came in from the playground, and you liked it!"

Not to be that guy, but in my day, people didn't call to cancel church services on Friday because the weather guy said it was going to snow on Sunday.

I just have two final thoughts on this Super Blizzard that was, or wasn't depending on where you live. First, the good folks who sent me this photo of snow drifts out in Washington County would certainly debate the criticism offered by many that we didn't the the snow that was predicted for the weekend. Looks like a lot of snow to me.

Back to the cancellations for a moment... I know a lot of people canceled Sunday activities due to the forecast. For some that turned out to be the right call. Others feel a little silly. One local pastor wrote in to the newspaper saying, "I was duped into canceling church services for Sunday."

First of all, all due respect pastor, who cancels church? God, you'd think, would forgive those who can't make it due to snow. Others who can get there get a little extra room in the pew to spread out.

Secondly, this problem arises as people seem to be calling in cancellations earlier and earlier. We began receiving cancellation notices in the newsroom for Sunday morning about noon on Friday. Now come on folks. I've lived in this state my whole life like many of you. I'd never cancel a Sunday activity based on a Friday forecast. We all know the old saying, "If you don't like the weather in Wisconsin, wait a minute."

Armed with the same knowledge as everyone else, my wife and I still took our 2 year old daughter to the car show downtown Saturday night, despite the snowy forecast. We looked outside, it wasn't snowing yet. We went.

The point here is we're doing the best we can to give you the information you need to make a good decision. When possible, it's best to make that decision as close to game time as possible. Obviously, things can and do change.

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