Sunday, December 19, 2010

Breaking News!

Hello HCHS! This semester has sure gone by quick and as we all prepare for the longest break during the school year, I’d really hate to kill the mood. However, it must be done. Sorry! Much like April showers bring May flowers, Christmas break tends to usher in some freak blizzards. Unfortunately, a lot of students live in the country. ‘Blizzard’ translates to ‘demonic force that leaves you snowed in your house with no electricity’. But, on the bright side, there are some ways to stay safe, and hopefully have fun.

The first piece of advice I have for you is to stay inside if the weather’s promoting a blizzard. Stay in one room and have plenty of flashlights/candles on hand. Clearly, being cooped up over break doesn’t sound like the funnest thing in the world, but it leaves a lot of time for family bonding, or maybe you were lucky enough to get snowed in at a friend’s house. Activities that don’t require electricity are probably the safest bet, and believe me I know just how hard it is to come up with non-technology-based fun in the 21st century. So, here are a few suggestions. Paper-football isn’t just confined to the classrooms, my friends. Make a few targets: the obvious trash can, a hole between furniture, your annoying sister’s mouth… And suddenly the game becomes a lot more interesting. Board games are something I recently rediscovered, and it’s safe to assume everyone probably has at least one in a closet somewhere. Risk and Monopoly are games that can last forever, so it’d be pretty easy to kill time with those. Still sounding lame? Raise the stakes, and have everyone throw in some Christmas money as a jackpot for the winner. Profit = fun. Disclaimer: HCHS School News does not promote gambling.

The next piece of advice I have for you kind of goes along with the first piece. I told you to stay inside, and you didn’t listen. That wasn’t very smart of you now was it? So, now you’re driving in a whiteout and end up getting stuck. Nice one, Einstein! Here’s what you should do… Call for help. (Obvious right?) However, if the weather’s really that bad it could be a while. Get out of your car and clear out some space around your exhaust pipe, so you don’t die from carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s recommended that you only turn on your car’s engine and heater for ten minutes every hour. If you plan on traveling at all during the winter, you should have an emergency kit. Put some important items in there for those just-in-case situations. Lots of Blankets, food (preferably the kind that doesn’t rot, nobody likes the kid with a smelly car), flashlights, and warm clothes are all an excellent idea.

So, please students of HCHS, I really hope our Christmas Break is awesome. But let’s all be smart and plan for the worst, just to be safe! I know I’m probably not the only one who’s hoping for just a Dairy Queen Blizzard this winter, but it’s probably not in the cards. So be safe, stay warm, and keep checking in to the Newsblog! This has been Danielle Hernandez, reporting for HCHS News, have a very MERRY Chrismas! :)

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