Baby, It's Cold Outside
Okay, okay, so it snowed a little bit last night - about 1 1/2 inches where I live, increasing by degrees further out from Seattle proper - and the temps today are inching up to around 30. I know, the newspapers and news sites make it sound like some apocalyptic blizzard or some such, that brought traffic in the region to a literal standstill (right, like hosting a Monday Night Football home game WON'T do that!), but really not that bad, and not exactly atypical for this time of year.
Still, it's a bit annoying to hear/read the invevitable kvetching from the midwestern immigrants, who seem to think Seattleites are complete wimps for refusing to drive to work on a day like today. Of course, they tend to overlook the quite obvious fact that we only get this kind of extreme weather a couple of times a year at most, so a lot of people here simply aren't used to driving in these conditions, and it's just plain common-sense to try to dissuade as many drivers as possible from leaving the house today, in order to reduce the number of inevitable accidents, and resulting injuries.
Also, please stop your caterwauling of, "In (insert name of midwestern city here), we would have plenty of snow plows and sand trucks to deal with these situations". That's great, and makes perfect sense - IF you happen to live somewhere that gets this sort of weather on a regular basis, for weeks at a time. But please, enough with the condescention already; we're not urban bumpkins just because we don't see the point of spending tens of millions of dollars on road clearing equipment that would normally sit idle 360+ days a year.
And to all of you complaining that, "I slogged 15 blocks down the hill to my office - and I'm the ONLY ONE HERE!" - get over yourselves. At least this way you get to do your normal daily goofing off, but without the added stress of having to occasionally pretend to be working.
Finally, to the idiots who INSIST on attempting to drive down ice-covered residential streets at normal speeds - if you live in Seattle, please avoid 22nd Avenue between E Union & E Marion: really, you won't save any time trying to use my street as a shortcut, and I would appreciate it greatly if you resisted the temptation to play "automobile pinball" with your SUV, because seriously, I don't need to send my car to the shop for more body repair, just so you can show everyone that you're able to muscle your way to work today - and you, yeah you in the black Ford Explorer, you know who I'm talking about, so don't pretend I didn't see you this morning.
That's it. I'm done. If you were lucky enough to get a snow day today, enjoy yourselves, stay warm, try not to fall down - and watch out for crazy drivers in black Ford Explorers.
on 12:50 PM