Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Weather Update

Bless my stars, but it is actually snowing! Just flurries for now, but I did catch a glimpse of crazed, snow-deprived children running around like maniacs in their front yard, trying to catch the snow in their mouths. Mine were eager to get in on that action, but gave up after about 5 seconds upon realizing that Snow = Cold. :o) I'm so proud.

Let's run down our Georgia Emergency Blizzard Checklist:

  • Bread - check
  • Ice - check (a mysterious GA Blizzard staple)
  • Milk - check, although running low
  • Water - check
  • Beer - check, as if there's ever any danger of running out in THIS house
  • TV - check (see 'Beer' entry)
  • Paid the Gas & Elec Bills - check & check
  • Chocolate - check (a Rational Jenn Blizzard staple)
  • Stuff to make for dinner - check (miracle!)

Bottom line: I think we'll survive the night. It will be rough though. I don't know how the pioneers ever survived to be quite honest.

So, hurry to the grocery store, if you are in the vicinity of Atlanta and are missing any recommended blizzard staples. (If you didn't pay your gas bill, then there's really nothing to be done about that at this point.) Hurry, fly! If you don't, then they'll run out of ice and then where will you be for the next 16 hours? The rest of you, sit back, relax, and prepare to snark.


Monica said...

I suspect you were raised in some sort of snow country with the way you are making fun of these southerners and their weather panic :)

I usually try to always stay stocked up on the basics in wintertime. Last year we really did have a real blizzard (3-4 feet) and we subsisted on tuna noodle casserole and what TV dinners were in the freezer for several days. No milk, no bread, no eggs, no beer! We survived, and it was kind of fun. When we truly did run out of food, we called someone to plow, went and got 2 weeks worth of groceries, and the next day we got another huge blizzard!

Failing tuna noodle casserole or TV dinners, there would have been that enormous 10 lb. bag of rice in my cupboard that perhaps we could have mixed with spaghetti sauce. :)

Rational Jenn said...

Ah yes, I'm not a born and bred Southerner. I spent many years living in such states as Indiana (the top half), Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Michigan. They tend to get some really major snow in those parts from time to time. Brendan is from Chicago.

We love Georgia; we've been here almost 14 years. It's still amusing to me how everyone goes into lockdown mode when we get a little snow.

[The year before we moved here, they did have a freak actual blizzard (and with lots of hills and no snow plows) where lots and lots of people were stranded at Burger Kings and such for several days. But--that was a freak. And it was 1993.]

Experience has tempered my amusement somewhat because I have seen the crazy stuff people who are inexperienced snow and ice drivers do. There is a real danger to innocent people like me, which I did not appreciate when we first moved here.

There are two types of Georgia snow drivers. There's the Uber-Cautious Driver, who generally pokes along at about 15 mph, even on the highway (seriously), as the UCD is paralyzed by fear of the snow and also evidently oblivious to the danger they are putting themselves in by driving so freaking slowly.

Then there's the What's The Big Deal Driver, who sees absolutely no reason to change his driving habits, tactics, or strategies for anyone ever. Same goes double for something meaningless like the weather. These are the people who still enjoy tailgating others while driving on iced-over bridges. Why not pass on a two-lane road over a double yellow line? Black ice? Never heard of it! Pah! The WTBD Drivers are the ones who make the news, usually zipping by some news reporter at 55 mph (in a 30), entertainingly skidding and fishtailing down a busy road. Once we even saw one crash--on the NEWS. The WTBDD does not fear the snow and ice at all.

Neither type of driver has any respect for the snow. Respect, that's what's needed.

Not that I blame them for not knowing how to drive in it necessarily. I know how they feel. When my family moved to Michigan from Texas in February, I had to quickly learn to drive in it (we had skipped the snow chapter in TX Driver's Ed). It's a skill that you have to acquire and takes some practice. However, I wish--I ALWAYS wish--people had a little more common sense. Because that would go a long way, really. Just in general.

And by the way....mmmmmm.....tuna noodle casserole.....aaaagggghhh. It would be fun to survive for a couple of days in a blizzard with warm casseroles and lots of TV. But only a couple of days.