10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

Many don't realize that living with snow is harder than it looks.
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If you live in Las Vegas, you probably feel cheated during these chilly winter months because you don't get the full winter experience. You don't get to experience the "winter wonderland" that our fellow east-coast dwellers get the privilege of having. However, if you're like me and have experienced the ice hell that the east coast turns into, you begin to appreciate the less severe weather that the west coast has to offer. We definitely have the better end of the stick here, and here's why:


1. We can see the snow without having to struggle through it every day for months on end.

Big Bear, Brian Head, and Mt. Charleston are close, and allow you to get a dose of the winter experience.

2. We aren't stuck with the daily task of scraping ice off of our windshields and driveways.

Oh, and the five feet of snow.

3. We don't have to heat up our cars 10 minutes prior to driving them.


4. We can wear winter clothes, but we don't have to dress in 20 different layers with 10 lb snowboots...

... therefore ending up looking like a walking marshmallow.

5. There aren't sneaky patches of ice waiting for us to bruise our tailbones every 10 steps.


6. Don't forget that we don't have to drive through blizzards...

If there's one thing we should be grateful for, it's that!


7. We don't have to worry about getting snow chains on our tires.


8. We don't have to worry about the brutal, biting, -5 degree weather that the east coast has to offer.


9. We don't have to deal with the unsightly, brown, mushy snow that people tend to forget the white stuff turns into.


10. We don't get snow days!!

..... just kidding. That's not a positive. But I'll take the lack of snow days over shoveling my driveway any day!


So if you ever feel like you're missing out because you don't live in a place that has a true winter, just remember that it's not a life as dazzling and picturesque as some people make it out to be.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Chinese Crackdown on Regional Minorities

This is why you have never heard of the Uighur Turks.

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China is a place that is likely where your phone, computer, clothes, etc were made. The Chinese government wants that to be the window you look at them through. When talking about Communist China, it is often difficult to cover any topic beyond the major cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing. This projects a message of a united people and industry that is a growing power in the world. However, the country is heavily guarded by its government meaning that everything is substituted in the shape of Weibo and other Chinese social media sites that are essentially censored. Hence, when a group like the Uighur Turks pushes for the civil rights and liberties such as the freedom to exercise their religion, it is crushed by the Chinese government.

Of course, this is mere conjecture to the Peoples Republic due to the nearly complete media blackout that exists in China's most western province of Xinjiang where 45 percent of the population is Uighur. The persecution of this minority is evident through many satellite images for desert concentration camps such as Dabancheng where this minority "disappears" to. When a journalist from the British Broadcasting Channel called random numbers of locals in the area, many identified this place as a "re-education camp".

Recent reports of the death of a Uighur Turk, Abdurehim Heyit, jailed for a song he wrote drew international attention with the Turkish government condemning it and claiming that "more than one million Uighur Turks" have been jailed in Xinjiang, China. It is sad to see a man gave his life for a song he wrote that the Chinese government did not like. These are the kind of brutalities that happen outside of that window that the Chinese government wants you to look through. While the landscape is undoubtedly pretty and the cities are bustling with life, people, whom expressed their beliefs, are dying in "re-education" camps. It appears the horrors of the "Cultural Revolution" are alive and well..

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