Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Let it snow

I was surprised when I got up this morning to see almost an inch of snow on the ground. I like snow. I grew up in Alaska, and I enjoy the winters (mostly). I was on the cross-country ski team in high school, and love fresh snow on the ground; snowfights, sledding, skiing, snow angels... all are advantages of snow!

However, I am now living in Maryland. And people don't know how to drive in snow! This is a worn-out line, and I've used it before, when I was living in Oregon. I thought Maryland got more snow than Oregon, though, and that people might be better about driving it! Well, in my 2-mile drive to the University this morning, I certainly didn't see it. Some people were going too slow, and other people were getting impatient with them, and going to fast, or making stupid moves (trying to pass on slick roads). I had class at 9:30, and I left the apartment at 9, trying to give myself plenty of time. I made it, only a minute late. It should not have taken that long! Traffic was jammed. Not quite as bad as rush hour, but pretty damn close. Usually at 9 am traffic is light. Rush hour is over with, at least by where I live, and there aren't any problems. Not this morning! Some snow on the ground and people don't use common sense. Ah, well, I stayed out of trouble.

One thing that was very annoying was caused by this woman who had gone into the ditch. A tow truck was there right as I was driving by. Well, its a narrow 2-lane road and he had to take up both lanes to pull this idiot out. Which meant me and everybody else behind me had to wait while he pulled her out (yes those are the genders of the people involved). It wasn't too bad, just annoying. I was able to do a risky move and pull around the tow truck, far to the right (the car was in the ditch on the other side of the road), almost into the ditch myself, to get around. I made it (barely), but I don't think anybody else behind me tried the move!

Classes were canceled after 12:30, as well. It didn't affect me, since my last class today was done at 12:20. Normally on Tuesdays I will have an Organic Chemistry lab, but since its the first week of classes there are no labs. I was going to do some things on campus this afternoon, but the entire campus was closing down, so I just left to come home. Slow traffic, but I didn't see any more luckless drivers in the ditch. Enough of my raving... I have organic chemistry reading to do.

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