Welp, got my get out jail free card just before midnight last night. Came home, took my pain meds, and promptly crashed. Slept most of the day off and
on, still trying to work out the kinks from sleeping on the floor. Ugh.
The roads are good to go now, for the most part. At home, the driveway and sidewalk are still treacherous, however, but life, for the most part, has
returned to normal. My husband got called to work today. He said things were fine. To hear the news tell it, they only highlight the ugliest trouble
spots, they almost seemed kind of disappointed it cleared up so fast!
Found it funny about the Carolina's. Heard the mayor was angry at his city, as he warned his folks to stay off the roads, and they had a showing of
Atlanta two weeks ago. Same scene, cars abandoned on the sides of the roads, etc. This is what ice storms do, folks! Getting real tired of being
laughed at for "a dusting of snow" and "you southerner's are idiots who just can't handle this", when the reality belies the taunting.
We suffered through an ice storm, I think epic was a bit overdramatic, however, it did manage to keep most fools off the streets and allowed critical
personell to be able to do their jobs. This was vital to making it through this successfully, so I say whatever works is good.
Now I am hearing about the 50 car pileup in Pennsylvania with 30 injuries. Those who were laughing at us should have learned from our mistakes.
Instead, they thought us to be "stupid southerner's without a lick of common sense", and it turns out we were the ones who came through this for the
better. I am sorry that people were ignorant enough to get out there and harm others, that's a sad fact of ice storms, and ignoring the reality they
bring. Experience driving in snow makes ZERO difference, because this was ICE. It doesn't matter how good you think you are, even a half inch of ice
doesn't compare to 6 inches of snow.
In summary, I hope some people just take an ego break, and admit that perhaps Atlanta for once, has handled the situation the right and proper way. A
bit dramatically, yes. But, we had few deaths and injuries, the power outtages are almost handled, and we stand as a shining example of what to do in
an ICE storm. That is, NOT drive, unless in an emergency or critical personnell.
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