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Junky Weather

January 23, 2012

What’s that unofficial United States Postal Service motto, the one that goes something like, ‘neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor whatever will keep whatever from whatever’? I drove through all of that junky weather on the way to work this morning.

The forecast called for about an inch of snow through the day today but I didn’t hear anything about freezing rain. Five minutes out of the garage, just as I got on the highway, and my windows are iced over. A few more miles and I’m in snow, back to sleet, over to a light drizzle of rain and then finally back to snow. I leave very early in the morning so there’s not a lot of traffic on the road so it wasn’t a white-knuckle drive, but it was a wild ride by my definition. Too bad I don’t practice meditation like I always say I’m going to do because right now would be a good time to just sit back and get centered.

Here’s what gets me about driving in weather like this: the drivers who pay no attention to the weather or road conditions. I’m a cautious (feel free to insert your own adjective here depending on your own bad weather driving style) driver. I’m driving a highway with a speed limit of 55 and it’s dark and it’s sleety, drizzly and snowy and I’m going 50 miles per hour. I don’t think that’s so bad considering the top half of my front window is iced up despite the defroster going full blast, but drivers are tailgating me and passing me and they’re all going a lot faster than the posted speed limit. Am I the only one who has ice on his window, or the only one who thinks that maybe there could be some ice on the road, or the only one who doesn’t care if he gets to work two minutes later than normal this morning?

I don’t get it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2012 8:07 pm

    I do NOT understand drivers like that! Every once in awhile, we’ll get a storm and everyone on the road seems to understand that the roads are in bad shape. Those are actually some of my favorite days to drive to work because we’re all going 25 mph and I can relax a little, listen to the radio, and not feel as though I’m in anyone’s way. Generally, however, there is an unhealthy dose of you-gotta-be-kidding-me drivers weaving in and out, tailgating, slamming brakes and just being plain menaces to society. *sigh*


  2. Pamela D Hart permalink
    January 23, 2012 10:12 pm

    Michael, I don’t get some people/drivers either. What IS with the tailgating? And speeding in wretched weather conditions?

    I’m not saying go s-l-o-w enough to CAUSE an accident, but when the roads are icy/snowy/wet, we truly have NO idea if we’re going to encounter unexpected situations and we need to be prepared (we need to be prepared in normal conditions too, but with bad road conditions we need “extra time”). And now, with all the people texting, we need to be even MORE vigilant!

    So, it’s NOT just you. I think it’s SMART people who feel like you and me. 😉


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