2.14.2008

How is this different from living in Alaska?

Yesterday we had the nastiest storm here. It was the kind where the 400mph winds made it so that it was actually snowing horizontally, which I hate. As does my right ear.

I sat there at my desk wondering why in the world people were leaving their houses and braving the weather and the three-foot snow drifts to come to the library. Every time someone new walked in I looked up and thought, "Seriously???" The only explanation I can think of is that their computers at home have poisonous snakes curled up in them somewhere.

There were loads of accidents yesterday, with things like public transport buses getting stuck and idiot trucks tailgating everyone before going off the road. Do not even speak to me about the idiot trucks and the way they feel they should be able to drive just the same in a blizzard as they do in the dry summer (i.e., like idiots).

The only reason I turned up at the library is because it wasn't snowing when I left the house that morning. If I'd woken up to such a mess you can bet your Little House on the Prairie boxed set that I'd have stayed holed up in bed, twisting straw into neat little knots to use for fuel and asking Pa to play us a song on his fiddle.

8 comments:

micah e. said... [reply]

Do you remember the part where Mary gets sick and goes blind? Now that was crazy. Hmmm, there's a boxed set, eh?

Jon Boy said... [reply]

Speaking of stupid trucks, at one point during my 75-minute-long drive home yesterday, a white truck was coming up on me in the lane next to me. He didn't have his lights on, and as he pulled up into my blind spot, he just about disappeared entirely. My windows were foggy enough on the inside and snowy enough on the outside that I could only see a vague shape moving off my right bumper.

As he passed me, I gave him a "turn on your damn headlights!" glare, and a few seconds later he fishtailed and ended up stuck on the side of the road.

This can only mean one thing: I have super powers.

Jenny said... [reply]

Hey- it's different because it's not 30 below and you have sunlight. Also, your public library is worth going to and you don't have a moose lurking on the steps waiting to trample you.

Did you know about the little house cookbook? I think I want it.

TOWR said... [reply]

This morning I called my boss at 6:45 and left a message on her voicemail saying I wasn't coming in until 9:30 when rush hour traffic had calmed down. I think it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

PS I am DONE! with this weather. DONE.

Frey said... [reply]

If I had the Little House boxed set I'd probably stay home curled up too - for as long as the boxed sets lasted on the fire.

N.F. said... [reply]

My friend got stuck in Draper, or somewhere...she was on the wrong side of the point of the mountain and couldn't get to where she was going. :(

PS. Yesterday, it was 90 here.

Rynell said... [reply]

I have family who got stuck on the Alpine highway from 3:30 in the afternoon until one in the morning. They were head northward, but had to be rescued via snowmobile and then bunk overnight in a chapel turned into a shelter. What a storm. Yuck.

I'm hibernating. Bringing out the box sets.

Anonymous said... [reply]

actually it is posts like this that I enjoy the most and that get me laughing. short, sweet and definitely snarky. I would post this one and others like it for the "best of" bit for your blog.

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