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Monday, February 2, 2015

Hammered

When I took Emily to work at 7:30 yesterday morning the snow was falling.
It still is drifting down in a desultory way, because it can.


I was thankful for so little traffic, especially the place in the village
where the road drops straight down from a glacially induced ridge,
to Slippery Run, over the culvert and climbs as dramatically.
That tiny piece of road also has S curves,descending and ascending.
Because I was the only car I could drive the straight line through the many inches of snow,
and not hold my breath negotiating the curves.


When I picked her up at 3:30 I waited an hour in the parking lot, my texts unanswered.
Although all the morning shift but two drove through unplowed snow to man the ski resort and give the skiers a good day, half the second shift called off.
Superbowl, no doubt.
More than an hour until they found someone to relieve Emily at the lifts.


School was cancelled today. Mercifully, the call came at ten last night.


The weather maps showed us in the nine to fifteen inch band of projected snowfall.
I'd say that was about right.

29 comments:

  1. One inch...ten inches... either way it's too much.
    Jane x

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  2. They ski after dark? That must be a really cold shift. I hope they paid her OT for those hours. Super Bowl should not be an excuse for those slackers. You take a job, you show up even when it is not convenient,

    Look who I am saying that to.

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  3. Looks like Emily has inherited your work ethic. Stay safe, stay warm, and take good care of yourself.

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  4. Wow.
    I am glad that the cancellation call came last night rather than this morning.
    Stay safe, stay warm.

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  5. It's a good thing I live in the South... if I looked outside and saw all that snow, there's no way I would ever get behind the wheel. Kudos to you, Joanne... and Emily too.

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  6. Now that's more humane... cancelling the night before. Too many times we waited through the 1 hour delay... the 2 hour delay... still dressed with book bags close by... only to be cancelled. I like your school district much better!

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  7. Hope it didn't get too frosty while you waited. Yes, the danger of being a good worker is you often end up covering for people who aren't as dependable.
    And by the way, husband is out in the driveway doing the second pass of the day with the snowblower. It snowed steadily here from midnight till 6 pm. I think we're well over a foot. Which of course, is sitting on last week's foot.

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  8. I love the winter....and your photos are just gorgeous.

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  9. So pretty unless one must drive in it. I bet Emily was tired after her long day!

    betty

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  10. Brrr ... waiting in a car in the cold is ... cold. Even with the motor running. I'm glad you got the cancellation call tonight. Can you sleep in tomorrow?

    And have I told you lately how beautiful your header photo is?

    We've been getting snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, rain, snow, freezing rain, etc. for much of the past week. Had a slidey drive home from work, but no hills with s-curves. You are made of stern stuff.

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  11. better driving in snow than ice but it sounds like it's getting a bit deep up there, what a trooper Emily is

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  12. Please be so careful driving in that mess. And remember not everyone is driving as carefully as you are.

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  13. I saw the news this evening with the North-East under quite a lot of snow, I wasn't listening properly, preparing dinner, I think they said three metres of snow? Puts me in mind of a TV series I saw once about the old wild west, a hut in the Rockies was completely buried and the single occupant poked a branch up the chimney to dislodge snow so he could get air.
    All of which is irrelevant to you now, but here you are driving through deep snow and Emily is working in it.
    But like Emma said, please be careful driving.

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  14. I love the idea of "the snow drifting down in a desultory way because it can" it is a perfect description of what it seems to be like some times

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  15. Hari OM
    Winter does this thing... what to do?..... take photos of its beauty! YAM xx

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  16. It' snowing here Joanne ! We get so excited as rarely get snow.

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  17. Awesome! You won't see such a scene here in Hawaii.

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  18. School got cancelled at 6:38 p.m. I bet there were a lot of inebriated teachers...

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  19. Lots of snow this year....Emily is getting extra work.

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  20. It is very softly pretty but it's making me cold just looking at it. Glad there was no traffic.

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  21. My goodness. It looks so cold. Been out of the snow for too long, I fear. Layers. Layers of clothing. I don't miss driving in it although as I recall, once you get past the first storm of the year, it becomes much easier.

    Stay warm.

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  22. Except for an inch or two, the snow mostly passed us by. Driving in snow is not for sissies, and you certainly are not one.

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  23. I saw the title of your post and got entirely the wrong end of the stick!!! Been in England too long, I guess...

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  24. Hope you get some relief from all that snow soon.

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  25. That snow makes our little covering look miserable Joanne. Be careful with that driving.

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  26. We are in Kitchener-Waterloo where the same storm brought 1 foot of snow. Fortunately, so far there is not the accumulation we had last year at this time.

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  27. Oh winter. Thou art impossible to tame.

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  28. I'm deeply envious of places that are getting snow. We had a good base by early November, but it mostly melted away on warm days and has only been replaced with random skiffs here and there. By gollee, if it's going to be cold, I want snow to play in!

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  29. We had school cancel on Monday and now it looks as though it will be canceled tomorrow as well, another storm brewing. I am so not a prairie woman. What were my ancestors thinking?

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