SNOMG 2007!


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Snowpocalypse. Snowmania. SNOMG!

However you want to refer to it, this crazy dance that we do everytime the first snowfall of the year happens, it’s here. I had to drive to Leesburg for an install this morning, and was delayed through Arlington by pretty much every crazy new Virginia driver who’d never seen snowflakes before.

Folks, this is not rocket surgery. Just slow down, drive carefully, and use judicious and gentle application of the brakes when you need to slow yourself. Take twice as long to slow down.

I know this is tough advice in a town where everyone’s hurry is more important than anyone else’s, but slow the fuck down. It’ll take more time, sure, but it will lead to fewer accidents, fewer traffic snarls and everything that makes life a pain in DC when the snow falls.

Check out the traffic map as of 11am, after the cut. This is how fucked up the roads are due to unprepared drivers and morons galore.


7 Comments so far

  1. ajw_93 (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Ay caramba. The snow is not even sticking to the roads.

    Amazingly, at the Harris Teeter in Crystal City lastnight (at 6 PM) there were milk, tp, and diapers aplenty!

  2. GhostBear (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    I was soooo pissed this morning. My normally 35 min commute turned into 2 hours of me bashing my head repeatedly against my steering wheel. (For the record, I travel the short distance between Springfield and Leesburg on the Beltway.)

    Every year I have this reaction. After having lived in Chicago and Pittsburgh for nigh 25 years, this just bugs the snot out of my backside. The only surprising thing was the lack of complete school shutdown in NoVA today. Shocking!

    Hopefully I can bug out before the afternoon rush becomes an exercise in masochism…

  3. Aaron (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

    Don’t be sure about the school thing… It looks like a bunch of schools are closing early.

    Well said though Tom. I’m from Mich, and I’ve been up here for 5 years now. Even so, it is a freshly amazing thing to watch the entire adult population turn into panicked, twitching, confused, semi-autistic children. Speed up and slow down in straight lines… stop sooner… but most of all, don’t let a little snow completely put your life on hold.

    I’d love to see a statistic for how much in lost productivity, lost work days, and extra gasoline the general wimpiness of the population costs us.


  4. cjc (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Good God, DC is worse than Atlanta, which is sad, considering it snows waaayyyy more in DC than in the ATL. (If *only* it would snow in ATL, or some kinda precip, so that our governor wouldn’t be doing these stupid prayer services.)

  5. Mary De Luca (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    I’m always amazed to hear everyone after the first snowfall. Everyone is from the mid-west, northeast or Canada (even if they grew-up here!) And everyone says it’s everyone else that can’t drive.

    There is something to be said about working from home on days like this. Just don’t deal with the roads. I’ve lived here for 20 years and every year it’s the same thing. No one can drive in the snow, when you finally do get to work- the only thing people can focus on is: what are the conditions of the roads and how long is it going to take me to get home tonight.

    Shoot- people around here can’t drive in the rain or the setting or rising sun. What’s left?

    Every business should have a work-from-home policy for these days. More work would get done and people will just feel better about doing it. And no one has to worry about leaving early to be home when the kids get out early.

    Tomorrow morning- EVERYTHING is going to be ICE- BLACK ICE- STAY HOME at least until it warms up.

    Maybe people can drive in the snow- but NO ONE can drive in the ICE. It’s just a function of being on a frictionless surface. I don’t care if you have a 4-wheel drive, SUV or HUMMER- nothing works. You can’t fight mother nature- so just wait for it to pass.

  6. hamletta (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:25 am

    I grew up in DC, and now I live in Nashville. Neither city can handle snow, although at least Maryland has plows and salt and stuff.

    But anyway, everybody in DC is from somewhere else, so half of them don’t know from snow.

    The other half are smug rotters from places like Chicago and Michigan, who whine about the other ones and their lousy snow-navigation skills.

    ‘Twas ever thus, and always it shall be.

  7. GhostBear (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    "The other half are smug rotters from places like Chicago and Michigan, who whine about the other ones and their lousy snow-navigation skills."

    Me? Whine? Never!

    I pontificate. :)

    (And I’m snarky, not smug. Unless you’re from Maryland – then I’m all kinds of a Virginia-empowered snob…)

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