Ok, now I know that I grew up in Michigan and lived in Boston for six years so I am perhaps better equipped to deal with foul weather of the winter variety than most. However, Washington, DC’s chronic inability to deal with any of the elements never ceases to amaze me. I mean, it’s not Atlanta, it’s not like it never snows here - we get a handful of storms a year, which is par for the course in this day and age of global warming.
It’s coming down right now, and everyone is all atwitter. Do I think that work will get canceled tomorrow? How much are we going to get, they’re saying an inch or two!! Kill me. Though, the “one to three inches” we’ll end up with will certainly be enough to shut down schools, as DC doesn’t seem to understand that clearing snow off the side streets and salting *as it’s coming down* is key to ensuring that the whole city doesn’t become an ice slick every night for the next three days. Unfortunately, the city’s one plow is out at National clearing runways incase we all need to flee.
Back to that canceling work thing. Does that even happen in other cities? My company actually has a snow day procedure plan to notify us in the event work is canceled. Let me tell you about a little thing called “The Blizzard of 2005″ which dumped more than 3 feet of snow on Boston in about 15 hours and had gusts of wind up to 80 mph. This occurred late Saturday night and all day Sunday. Did we go to work the next day, you bet your sweet ass we did! We dug ourselves out, then we dug our cars out, then we got on the roads (most of which had been cleared in the city).
I’m staying off the roads today, not because I can’t drive in snow, but because I’m horrified to drive, or even be a pedestrian, as those who grew up south of the Mason Dixon line try to navigate their SUVs on even the largest of streets. (Oh, and because there is a Law & Order SVU marathon on USA). End Rant.
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