Exactly how I feel, exactly! It's not me I'm worried about, it's alllll theeeeese other people here in Columbus. Granted I've had the Civic on the snow tires and was ready, but these people are infuriating around here. 2 mph on main street? I can't idle that slow, so I'm burning the clutch off. And the road is only wet and barely slushy! C'mon! 30 mph on the freeways, which are only wet! Sure we just got dumped on with about 5 inches, and it's the first snow of the year, but seriously people? C'mon!
And that apparently wasn't a good enough rant, cause I'm still hating these people.
Either they go 2 mph or else they come barreling like a bat out of Hades and you have to lurch out of their way as they weave in and out of traffic and cut you off.
I lived in Kalamazoo for 5 years so I know about snow, "lake effect" snow to be more precise. I hated it. But the worse part of Michigan winters is the COMPLETE lack of sun. From December through March I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of sunny or partly sunny days. It gets really depressing. I live near Charlotte, NC now, there is a lot of winter sun, it may snow once or twice but it's melted by mid afternoon and the day-time temp is around 50, give-or-take a few degrees. I so don't miss Michigan winters.
Yep, that's definitely true. On the one hand it's good because if the sun shone all the time you'd get snowblind if you were driving through areas with wide patches of land covered in it. On the other hand, it is depressing, especially since the bulk of it usually comes after the holiday season, which contributes to that deflated feeling you get now that everything has passed.
Pretty much what happens out this way. Sometimes it's legitimate--today was basically a mild blizzard with at least four inches accumulation. But they do it when the first flurries appear, too. This was the first real snow of the year out this way. I know Chicago got it pretty bad a week ago since our business just barely got out a shipment to one of our customers before they grounded all the flights. He actually wasn't in Chicago, but because of some convoluted flight plan they had to stop off there before putting everything on another flight, which then went to the proper destination. There's quite a bit of this, actually, which becomes more apparent to you when you need to ship cargo somewhere that has nothing to do with Chicago (or another major city) but you find that the flight is cancelled.
We get snow here, but it is pathetic, as it doesn't get cold enough. I actually wish it would snow properly and cover the place. Not that anyone knows how to drive in snow here either, but at least for New Years it could give us something to remember. Of course, now I'll have jinxed myself and it will happen just as I school starts again and I have to drive to the other side of town to teach.
People who haven't lived far enough north (or south, I suppose) don't quite understand what snow is like. Of course people in Alaska have it a lot worse than we do here in the continental US, but even where I am it can get pretty bad. It might be amusing to see how folks who aren't used to it cope, and it certainly would make for a memorable experience. It'd definitely be dangerous to do much driving in it, though. My mother got into an accident last year and totaled the car. She's afraid to go out in the snow, now, and I don't blame her one bit.
To everybody out there who has to drive in the stuff, be careful and stay safe!
Edited by Argyris - 12/26/12 at 9:23pm