Friday, January 18, 2013
Let It Snow!
We don't get much snow here in Central Alabama. Generally, at the first hint of a snowflake, the grocery stores are cleared of bread and milk... and everyone drives into a ditch. Yesterday, was my planned first day back into work after Mom's accident. I was going to work a half day. I got to the office a little after one, but the snow had already started falling by then. We didn't think it was going to be a travel issue because the roads seemed to still be pretty warm. However, it fell and fell. They made the decision to close the office at 2. Jeez --- however, since I'm a salaried employee, I am still being paid for the entire day. That works for me!
The ride home (and its just a short less than 10 minute commute under normal conditions) was a bit nerve-wracking. My car slipped on the icy roads several times. Then I got home, and had to stay on pins and needles until the Princess got home from class. She has a normal 30 minute commute -- and it took her over an hour. It was the first time she's had to drive under these conditions, so she was a bit of a basket case by the time she pulled up. She said she was sliding all over the place.
Snow is such a rare occurence here, that our infrastructure is just not set up to deal with it. Roads were a mess -- jack-knifed trucks north of here, pileups on interstates, fender benders all over town. Snow in the south is fun --- as long as you are at home.
They are opening my office 30 minutes later than my normal start time today. So I'm lingering a bit over my coffee. Will have to start getting ready soon, but for now.... maybe one more cup of coffee!
I'm going in this morning and working a full day, then will do my stint at Mom's.