So I am tangentially employed by a large university in the Midwest. My monetary remuneration barely covers my yearly car insurance, but I receive true recompense in the form of electronic missives -infrequent yet reliable- from a place that's not here.
Mostly these messages from elsewhere are alarmist. Campus lockdown! Tornado warning! Occasionally they are sorrowful. Bigwig died. I have yet to see a happy one, but I love them anyway because they assume -wrongly, but with absolute confidence- that I am on the ground in another state, and in so doing they allow me to pretend, if only for an instant, that I am.
My favorites are the storm warnings, and so I savored the one that came today: Mittens are warmer than gloves. Watch for patches of ice. Significant snowfall expected; bitter cold.