A Too White Christmas


 

Bing Crosby romanticized a snowy Christmas in his famous song “White Christmas.”  Somehow it brings to mind a 19th century Christmas complete with sleighs, sleigh bells, roaring fires in the fireplace and a total indifference to any of the problems that a real snow storm produces.  In the 21st century a White Christmas is something very different for most people.  This year, the northeast got a white Christmas, but with few exceptions the storm did not bring back those romantic days; although I do know someone in New York City who said he was barricaded inside his apartment, warm and doing fun things.  However for those who foolishly ventured outside, the snow brought a halt to traffic on highways, rail lines and in the skies and even a professional football game, if you can believe that.  The Toronto Maple Leaves did play, but paid for their victory over New Jersey with a four trip to the hotel – most of that sitting in a traffic jam.

The storm also kept all of the lovely holiday gift cards firmly tucked away, a long way away from the retail outlets hoping for another burst of holiday spending.  It also kept people away from casinos, you would guess, but according to reports not from AC.  Certainly if any casino jurisdiction desperately needs every customer it can get, it is Atlantic City.  The holiday gamblers apparently made it to the casinos in Atlantic City before the storm – the Press of Atlantic City reported that they were tucked inside like my friend in NYC and quite content;  that is except for the two buses stuck for hours on the road between New York and Atlantic City.   The news outlets are reporting that all were finally rescued and on their way home safe and sound.  This is one time of year – although in truth there are quite a few others – when I do not miss being in casino operations.  The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a critical one for casinos, financially – and any major storm that disrupts business is very painful.  I don’t envy any of the operators fighting the effects of the blizzard.  However, on the other side of the country the sun was shinning;  I ran in shorts on Christmas Day and it was quite pleasant.   Christmas is stressful enough with a storm as severe as this one.  Sorry guys, you are still buried in snow and the sun is shinning here – 47 degrees.

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