Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snow. Not just a little, either.

Here are a couple of time lapse sequences from today. School got canceled, so I sat in my apartment and worked on my article all day, and took pictures periodically. Then I went outside and shoveled snow, and did a number on my lower back. Snow out here is a lot heavier than what I'm used to, and when it's 2+ feet deep, snow blowers are the only way to go.

I can't say for sure, but I'm pretty sure my car is a little depressed that I didn't get to take it out in this slop.

A view from the other side:

This is the car outside my apartment window through the course of the day:

And can I say that this city SUCKS about taking care of snow on roads? All day long, I only saw one city plow truck go by with its plow down. I saw tons of private plow guys, but of course they had their plows in the air. Wouldn't want to do something you're not paid to do, would you? Particularly when you're driving the street that looks like hell anyway, and all you would have to do is pull the handle and drop your plow. Don't you just love those "not my job" types? Seriously, you should see the roads. I just had to help a guy in a big SUV with 4 wheel b/c he got stuck, and it wasn't because he was a crappy driver. Even on the traveled roads, the sloppy snow is 6+ inches deep with plenty of several foot deep banks waiting to suck you in. In fairness, there was a lot of snow today, but there is no excuse for a city that gets snow regularly to do as poor of a job handling it as they did here. If this happened in Atlanta, I could see it. But all the way up here? You're killing me.

Anyway, forgive the rant.

Here's a local jerk making the problems on the roads even worse. I saw at least 5 different cars spun out and stuck at this intersection today:

This dude had the right idea. It was probably a lot faster way to get around town today than any other.

So that was my snow day. I actually got quite a bit done, which is good. Plus, I love how quiet everything is when it snows. Tonight will probably be the first night I've had here when I don't hear big rigs and sirens back and forth on the street outside my window. While I'm looking forward to that, I'm not looking forward to the aftermath of all this snow for the next few weeks. I think it's going to take quite a while for the city to get on top of it.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


So apparently 40 pound dumbells and cell phones don't mix too well...

That really sucks. I kind of liked that phone.
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