What a night.
It all began in the early Tuesday morning of January 28, 2013. The snowstorm hit the northeast with a relentless monsoon of snow and coldness. Meteorologists warned us that the streets would get back because the weather was only going to get worse. My wife’s school district (Clayton County) called it off from the beginning. Dekalb, however, wanted to give it the puncher’s chance at having school.
It didn’t work. School was eventually let out early. Many parents came to pick up their kids. Obviously, they were smart enough to see that this situation wasn’t going to be pretty. Personally, I’m shocked we didn’t just cancel the entire day from the beginning.
Then again, that is what happens when you try to have a puncher’s chance: you get punched out.
Right after school, I took the time to clear off some cars with my scraper/sweeper combo (I’m a Midwest cat: I know about real bad snow conditions). After all of this, I packed my stuff and headed out on the road. I thought it would be smooth sailing as I cruised on I-20. I knew I would get home early enough to actually enjoy the rest of the day.
Plus, I was (and still is) pretty sick with flu-like symptoms.
Well, the Weather Gods had other intentions. It took me a full three hours just to get home safely. I noticed that the traffic was at a standstill on 285. So, being the inquisitive human that I am, I opened the door to touch the road. Just as I suspected: the roads were covered in ice. It seems as if the Weather Gods were mad at us.
Or is it global warming or H.A.A.R.P.? Shouts to scientists and conspiracy theorists everywhere.
The saddest part is that my situation was much less severe than a lot of the things going on around me. There was a bus stuck on 166 that (I think) had my niece on board. There were also people stranded at their jobs. Hell, there were even kids stranded at their schools with teachers in tow. Understandably, this was NOT a situation to be in.
Weird enough, many people in the northern states shook their head. However, they have to understand that Georgia isn’t prepared for these types of situations. With that said, here are five lessons to be learned from these circumstances:
1.) School systems need to do a better job at calling off school: Some of the surrounding counties were smart enough not to risk putting their people and children in these situations. However, other counties wanted to go for it. Here is a suggestion: don’t even waste time trying to figure out. If the conditions are going to get bad, then they will get bad. Period.
2.) Please thank your government/community service workers: Teachers, firefighters, EMT’s, and whomever else that fit this mold was in full force yesterday to do their jobs. You have teachers spending the night with students. You have firefighters riding around saving people. You have ACCIDENTS! I’m just putting that out there.
3.) Georgia needs to do better preparation: Part of the problem deals with there not being enough snow trucks and salt to put on the roads. For some, this is understandable. For others, however, this seems primitive. This isn’t the first time Georgia has been caught in the middle of some climate changes. It probably won’t be the last.
4.) People are better than we give them credit to be: I saw a lot of people doing for others. I saw people offer their houses and businesses to shelter those that were stranded. I didn’t have to do this because I live in Clayton (as mentioned before: they shut down early). Yet and still, it was a great thing to see.
5.) People make jokes about the worst situations: I know that “laughing will keep you from crying”. However, some of the jokes that I had seen were slightly tasteless. While the weather situation isn’t “much to sneeze at”, the conditions created by this madness were extensively horrible. Due to number 3 on the list, things got REALLY bad.
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!