We've Got Cabin Fever, We're Flipping Our Bandanas
My boss just called and declared today yet another "snow day". This is the fourth day I've been off work since we got hit with the series of snow storms starting last Wednesday. At peak, I had roughly 9 - 10" in my front yard, and very little of it has melted off so far. In fact, although it warmed up a bit yesterday, the temps dropped back below freezing overnight, so the melt has just turned into a solid, crusty sheet of ice wherever the snow hasn't been cleared - which is essentially everywhere. Some of the major arterials have been plowed and sanded/de-iced (we don't use salt up here), but it only marginally opens things up; side and residential streets haven't been touched at all, so if your car isn't on a major street, most people aren't bothering.
And of course, being a city built on hills, most of our bus service has been curtailed as well. If I DID have to go in to work, it would most likely turn into a 1 1/2 - 2 hour one-way commute, since the few open routes are running on half-schedules, and delays are currently about 45 minutes behind normal. So, really, there's not much point in traveling 3 - 4 hours just to spend a few hours on-the-job. Fortunately, this is generally a slow time of the year for us anyway, and with modern technology, we've been able to handle the few routine emails and inquiries from home anyway.
Naturally, all this has put holiday travel plans on complete hold: the local forecast is calling for yet ANOTHER snow storm late this evening, with a possible accumulation of up to 3" more on top of what we already have, and then mixed snow and rain through the remainder of the week. The Big Red Bus is almost literally buried in drifts at this point, trains aren't running, hundreds of flights have already been canceled or rescheduled; nature has pretty much dictated that, if you absolutely DON'T have to go any distance farther than you can walk, you're odds are not good. So, I'm staying put.
At least it's warm and dry here - although I'm beginning to run low on indoor projects.
on 9:19 AM