As you probably know, Minnesota is in the midst of a government shutdown due to lack of a budget. My daughter is doing a project for me putting together the names and contact information for all 50 state parks directors. It turns out the MN parks web site is shut down.
LOL. I am the only one in my company with access to or capable of updating our web site, but I can go away for weeks, even months, and have the web site stay up. This strikes me as either stupid, or a gratuitous effort to purposely make the shutdown more dramatic than it needs to be.
To the latter point, our company operates many Federal parks. Since we take no money from the government and use no government personell in doing so, the parks we operate typically stay open in a Federal shut down. Except for the last threatened shut down several months ago, when our contract managers seemed to be getting guidance from their higher ups in the administration to shut the parks down, even when they did not need to be. I presume this was for the purpose of making the shut down seem worse to the public. After all, we would hate to have a government shut down and have nobody notice.
It will be interesting come about August 2 to see if we remain open.