Friday, February 12, 2010

Back to Quasi-Normal

After a week of snow, cold, and misery, things are slowly getting back to normal. We still have the snow and cold, but the Federal government is reopening this morning, which will allow Congress to do its part to increase the misery level.

I was able to drive out of our neighborhood yesterday to go to the store, although I fear for the condition of the car's undercarriage that got pretty well banged around on the piles of snow and ice that are heaped between the wheel ruts on our hill. The main streets are generally in good shape, although neighborhoods are still a mess, ramps are still dangerous and most parking lots are about 2/3 covered with the mountains of snow plowed from the remaining third. My local bus service has been canceled, although the Metro trains are running...and remembering the horrendous traffic at the Metro stations which has resulted from lesser storms and bus service cancellations, I think this is going to be very ugly.

Where I come from, this is called yucky.

I plan to take a day of unscheduled leave today, which is a pain...but less of a pain than risking life and limb in the rush hours.

Agnes's flight to Germany, which was canceled twice last week and then re-booked when we couldn't get to the airport to meet it when it finally did fly, is now scheduled for Monday afternoon...which, wouldn't you know, is when our next snowstorm is scheduled to come through.

Oh, well...I guess it'll be something we can tell our grandchildren about.


Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



Debbie said...

I can't believe the whining when you've been snowbound with a Trophy Wife. And you are getting an extra day out of it! Young studs would be celebrating, you're not getting old my friend, are you? Make my day, hope Bob gets snowbound here next week with me. :)

Leslie David said...

You know Debbie has a point--you could be snowed in alone or with some guy like Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

I'm home too--bus and train service not running to my stations and the car needed major brake work which will take hours and cost $$. Can't drive an unsafe car, so I have to suck it up.

Mike said...

We're supposed to get more snow today. They said possible up to 1/2 an inch. And this comes right after most of the previous snow from Tuesday melted. I don't know if I can handle this.

Claudia said...

Hope Agnes' flight is good...There are a few more people staying at my workplace--enough to staff the double-locked psych unit. Also maybe 5 nurse managers plus 3 people in Finance, 2 phone operators and admitting clerks, two housekeepers plus their manager, and the buildings and grounds Director, but he is losing his maintenance staff. Food will have to be trucked in from elsewhere because everyone in Dietary is getting let go, too.