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I really want to thwap my friends who are putting up pretty pictures of the winter wonderland right outside their front doors.

"It's a snow day!  So good to have the angels home and the day off!"

"I think I'm going to go out and take pictures of God's wonder!  I'm so glad to be home!"

"Books, kitties, and wine.  Fuck snow!"

Er....y'all DO realize that there are people out there who don't get snow days, right?  Like, oh, line men, plow drivers, PEOPLE WHO WORK AT HOSPITALS?

Yes, I'm cranky.  I've been up since 4:30 because the spousebeast and I were trying to suss out if he had to come in (duh.  People at the hospital have to eat, even if the ACC is closed) and how he would get there (buses weren't running, so he had to pay for a cab.  At least he got the cool cabbie who loves Motorhead).  I held my breath until he called me to say he got there.  He called a bit later to tell me that he was going to have to walk over to the main hospital to help them there.

We don't have snow here.  We have fucking ICE.  If he falls and breaks a hip, there is going to be Snavely research department Studies in why the person who has the most hoops to jump through to get to work always gets called in and still can't GET FOUR FUCKING DAYS OFF FOR HIS ANNIVERSARY.


Worst possible scenario, he stays over night.  At least he'll have a bed.  However, I just called Tarheel Taxi and they said if they are still running, they WILL get him home.

At the risk of sounding snotty, THIS is one of the perks when you always tip your cab driver.

I feel bad to worry like this.  I have a number of friends who are linemen (line persons?) or are partners of, and they WON'T be coming home tonight.



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Jan. 22nd, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, really? Here they will often put out a call for volunteers with four wheel drive to get hospital staff in for work. Hope he gets home safely.

And, no. I am not thrilled about all the lovely snow. We are on the snow line just above blizzard warnings and it costs big $$$ to get that mess plowed.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
yeah, my dad used to have to plow. every time it snowed when I was growing up, I would scowl, because it meant I wouldn't see him for two days. I feel you.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 04:22 am (UTC)
oh! i could totally see where that would tend towards a much stronger dislike of snow!
Jan. 22nd, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
It is a mix of snow/ice here in Winston. When the wind blows it sounds like sand hitting the windows from the ice pellets.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
i live in minnesota where snow rarely shuts stuff down. i can count on one hand, all the snow days i've had over 39 years of my life.

as a teen i worked in a hospital doing dinner trayline/feeding all the patients in the hospital. and the hospital doesnt close for holidays. or storms.

it just boggles my mind that cities can fully shut down with so little snow. but then, they dont have minnesotas GIGANTIC snow removal budget. the dedicated city plow trucks, and drivers, the tons and tons of salt and sand. and they've got no experience driving in the crap. so i must remind myself of things like that. driving in snow or slush or ice is definitely a learned skill. i do remember a time or two scaring the daylights out of myself as a teenage new driver, sliding in the snow, and coming home telling my mom i was never driving again...

best wishes that spousebeast makes it home safe and sound, always.

Edited at 2016-01-23 04:24 am (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
Yep. I used to work at a hospital second shift. I wasn't considered essential personnel, but they preferred we were there. I was the one who lived closest and could walk to the hospital if need be.

And tonight, my brother is working hours EMT job, and tomorrow, he gets to work his phlebotomy job at 4 am. It hasn't started here yet, but it's coming. The area he usually services is under a blizzard and coastal flooding watch.

Edited at 2016-01-23 05:04 am (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2016 08:07 am (UTC)
I hope he makes it home safe and sound tonight!
Jan. 23rd, 2016 08:09 am (UTC)
I get where you're coming from.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ice sucks. That is so hard. I always worry about the people who have to work in this stuff, but ice is the worse, to me. Hope you at least keep power.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)

Oh, I didn't realize snow day meant a day off. We get days with snow but we still get to work. Or if we can't we work from home or get the hours taken off our vacation time.

I saw the salt truck depart last night when they called for ice rain but now it's thawing so all is well.  I hope you two stay safe. Spending a night somewhere with a bed and food isn't too bad.

Jan. 23rd, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
I know linemen in our area are prepared to go...,

After Saturday's accident, I say fuck snow, too...
Jan. 23rd, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
It doesn't happen here normally that people are having days off with the snow. We indeed do not get LOADS of snow, but at worst case scenarios (where roads really get stuck etc) it's mainly schools, and some private universities that are off. And if that is really serious (in our standarts, and the standarts do really vary from one city to another), only pregnant women and handicapped people are allowed to have an off day.

I wondered what's the temperature/weather like as you mentionned even the busses not functionning...
Jan. 24th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Er....y'all DO realize that there are people out there who don't get snow days, right?

Hahahaha yesssss! I've never had a snow day all my life. It always amazed me as a kid to hear that there were people who got to stay home from school because of snow (meanwhile, I walked to school even when the snow reach me up to my thighs xDDDD). I realise it makes sense in places where the infrastructure just doesn't handle sudden/unexpected/large amounts of snow, but still. It's just a foreign concept to me. Here you have to make do, even if buses or trains break down/get delayed, you're expected to show up at school or work.

Jan. 25th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
I usually feel a tinge of that "Fuck you, not everyone gets a snow day" thing too. I also get it when people say "Yay it's the weekend." I try to not snark but it happens.
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