posted on Jan, 23 2006 @ 08:27 AM
Ah the lovely, quirky state of Pennsylvania.
Ah the backwards, lunatic city of Allentown.
A week or so ago, there was a threat of some freezing rain to come in the afternoon. The weather radar showed it tucked away in Ohio somewhere,
and children in the city went to school as usual. Around 9:30-10AM, some dolt looked at the radar and said "ya know, this might pose a
problem." (It was supposed to change to rain quickly) Being of ?sound? minds, the School Bored (mis-spelling intended) decided to close the schools
and send the kiddies home. At 11:00. Okaaaaaay.
What happened, you ask?
It rained. That's right, my kids went home because it RAINED.
Here it is today, an ugly Monday morning where snow/sleet/freezing rain has been coming down all night. I stayed up late yesterday morning because I
took a luxurious Monday morning off of work. I was looking forward to no kiddies, just quiet. So at 3AM, I was watching the precipitation. I took my
friend home at 3:30AM. There was a 1/4" of snow on the ground, and at the time, it was raining.
I figured I was good to go.
Oh noooooo....once again, the School Bored decides to take proactive action. 2 hour delay! Ooooh...watch out! There's some of that there snow on the
I am "only" 30 years old. I remember walking to school in sub-zero temperatures, getting sent home when there is already 3" of snow on the
ground, 2 hour delays for 4" of snow etc. Not because "there is the chance that we may possibly get some sort of inclement weather." I watch the
news, and I have yet to hear (for this city/region only) of school buses hanging off of bridges, laying in a ditch, or even in minor fender benders
because fo driving in slippery conditions. It is ludicrous that I have to squander precious educational time just for the sake that Little Johnny Boo
Hoo might slip on his way to school.
I would think (I'm sure there's proof somewhere) that kids have a bigger chance of getting injured outside of school playing in the snow than
walking to school in it.
ARGH! More coffee, please (and no more 3AM giggle-fests with my best friend when it's snowingoutside on a school day).
[edit on 23-1-2006 by Rouschkateer]