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“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
Iacocca said it best. I found this quote on an image of a kitten playing in the leaves, so you know it’s good.
Adversity is a funny thing. Being the least bit privileged, it’s something we might not all face in the truest sense of the word. The adversities we face are small, even trivial: poor grades, demanding professors, draconian alumni. They’re petty problems in the grand scheme of things, but real nonetheless.
So here comes Winter Storm Juno — When the fuck did they start naming blizzards? — which was set to shut down much of the Northeast. Meteorologists warned of EXTREMELY HEAVY SNOWFALL, LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, and a bunch of other things that warranted abusing the caps lock button.
When New York faced a storm that many meteorologists predicted to be “historic” (never a good thing to hear about your weather), a group of NYU FIJIs saw a golden opportunity.
Equipped with nothing more than a folding table, a couple disposable plastic cups (most likely red in nature), and a good old-fashioned sense of fraternal camaraderie, these dudes made a little something out of nothing.
I’ve faced winter storms. I’ve seen a couple snow days in college and I’ve subsequently made an ass out of myself in snow pants and a turtleneck, as every man ought to do once in his life. However, I’ve never faced New York City, the city that never sleeps, in total lockdown.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an 11 p.m. curfew for all non-emergency vehicles, and these dudes turned it into something positive. They played beer pong in the middle of the street, they got yelled at by a neighbor who thought they were being too loud, they stepped aside as emergency vehicles drove back and forth, and one guy even committed to a pretty decent pong dunk.*
*Side note: I would say don’t be that guy who dunks in beer pong because it usually breaks the table and ruins everything, but I’ve never seen it happen in person and I didn’t think it was funny.
I’m not saying that these guys were especially groundbreaking or that any one of us wouldn’t have done the exact same thing given the opportunity. I just think it’s important to recognize the little things in life. It’s what our forefathers would have wanted.