January 27, 2005

For The Record

For those keeping track of the weather repercussions here in sunny Southern New England (yes, it’s currently quite sunny):

  • My kids are going to school today for the first time since last Friday. However, many of the surrounding cities and towns have just given up and canceled school for the week.
  • The roads are still terrible. They just haven’t been able to clear all of the snow off. In some cases it’s because there’s no place to put it anymore. I’ve heard New Bedford is particularly bad. At least a couple of people there who have to park in the street have told me they’re afraid to move their cars. People are going stir crazy.
  • The most treacherous road I faced was last night on 195 returning home from work. There were patches where snow and dirt had mixed, creating a slippy cake-frosting sludge. You’re going along on a relatively clear road, then suddenly it’s “Ahhhhhh!” Hopefully, they’ve taken care of that today.
  • The university was open yesterday, but students tell me that the roads were inadequately ploughed.
  • Clear weather is forecast for today. However, another storm is coming for next week. Will it be rain? Snow? I can’t imagine another intense storm. Where will we put the snow — this stuff isn’t melting.

It’s a winter freakin’ wonderland.I wonder how my geocache is faring? Maybe I should check on it.

Posted by James at January 27, 2005 8:14 AM
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Heh. Check on it. Funny. Unless you put it up a tree, you ain't seeing that cache until March or April. I guess I picked a good winter to move, eh?

Posted by: briwei at January 27, 2005 7:49 PM

You trying to get clues about where my cache is? ;-)

Somerset was one of the only towns around open today. The bus gut stuck 3 times this morning and the kids were 30 minutes late getting to school.

Yeah, you missed the big one. But you know that as much as we are inconvenienced by the snow, we get a kick out of talking about it.

Breaks up the monotony.

Posted by: James at January 27, 2005 7:55 PM

Well, what good is it being a New Englander, if you can't complain??

The snow is piled so high, you can't safely leave our street. You have to get half-way out into the intersection before you can see (or feel, if you're unlucky) if there are cars coming.

On the way to the girls' piano lesson, a police car came screaming toward me. The guy in his lane drove into a snowbank. He had nowhere else to go. I pulled over as well, but not as far (the police car actually turned down a side street before it got to me). A half hour earlier I had seen a car slammed into a snowbank. It's not at all safe!

But the worst part, of course, is that there's nowhere to run except the middle of the road.

Still, I far prefer this to hot weather. We almost never get this. I am usually inconvenienced only one or two days in the winter (i.e. not able to run outside).

Oh, and the bus got stuck *four* times, and they were eventually pushed by a snowplow, according to my oldest. The bus driver had said to me this morning that she wanted to move to Florida. I don't know, they didn't have the greatest weather this year! Not that it was a sign from God about their choice of governor. Certainly not. Well maybe yes. Our blizzard, of course, is punishment that we couldn't put forward a *winning* presidential candidate. That's all very clear to me, at least.

Posted by: Maggie at January 27, 2005 10:57 PM

No, it's a sign from God about *our* choice of governor. Is this Mitt's first term or his second? When can we get rid of him?

Posted by: Julie at January 28, 2005 8:53 AM

Julie, 2006. Campaigns should be starting any day now.

As bad as this week's been (more due to the cold and Patti's cars fuel line freezing 3 times than the snow, so much for the station with the cheap diesel). I love winter here. I'd trade summer for winter any day. I like snow, I hate heat and humidity. Still perpetual spring/fall wouldn't be bad.

Hey Brian. How'd the rainstorms go? House isn't on a hill is it ( I know it was further north, San Diego is perfect, that was those weirdos that live in LA's problem)?

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at January 28, 2005 9:08 AM

I'm angry, but I'm not angry at the fact that I drive a diesel vehicle, I'm angry at the bozos I get my fuel from who either a) water it down or b) sell so little of it that there's water from condensation in the tank.

I'm also angry at the guys who towed and "fixed" it twice (this Monday and Wednesday). I do not expect to receive a bill for the towing today, as I feel I am owed a freebie. I have half a mind to ask for my $170 back from Wednesday, and perhaps all but the towing from Monday.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 28, 2005 11:57 AM

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