Saturday, December 20, 2008

White Death, December '08

Sure, this isn't Denver or Buffalo, but we're getting our fair share of snow.

Friday morning starting at around 1 am we got about 8" of snow before 8 am. By the end of the day it was around 11".

The snowblower worked great, and it appears that the Loc-Tite did it's job. Damn, no new snowblower for me this year I guess....

What really confuses me are the idiots who go out driving before the roads are cleaned up. Now not everybody out there is an idiot. I was out there while there was still no way to see the actual street. 6+ inches of snow in the intersections, etc. The idiots are the ones who go out un-prepared or poorly equipped.

Like the people with their cars stuck in 6+ inches of snow in the turn lanes.

The main roads are bad enough for cars, but to think that your car is going to make it through a tight low-speed turn with snow up past the frame? FAIL.

A lot of the cars I saw on the roads were police, and some of those police cars were running tire chains, something I've never seen on police cars around here.

I'm a different kind of idiot I guess, as I love driving in the snow. But since I drive a Jeep I have a little easier time getting through the snow. The only area I was even remotely concerned with was when I was trying to enter the remote parking lot at Best Buy before the lot was plowed.

There was barely a path wider than the Jeep going in, and snow at least 8" high. There was also a big pile of snow to get through from the plow trucks clearing the street. A little extra gas and I got right through.

On the way out, a guy was stuck in the same spot with what I assume to be a 2 wheel drive pickup (back wheels were spinning like mad, front wheels weren't moving at all). He was evidently an idiot.

If your job is critical and you're needed, take your chances. Going shopping at Best Buy probably doesn't count as critical.

Unless they've got a killer sale on HD TVs, that is.

Tonight we're supposed to get another 5" or so.