Thursday, January 7, 2010
I woke this morning to a temperature of 20 degrees outside and 7 degrees wind chill with icy rain. Turning on the TV and seeing all the wrecks and carnage throughout the metroplex, I knew the hour dive South into the heart of it was going to be a nightmare. I made the quick decision that this was not going to be a good day. Luckily, the boss called and the job shut down till Monday.
If you are from Texas like I am, you do not know how to drive on ice. You may think you do and everyone else is a idiot, but you don't. Some drivers are better than others but in general, we can't do it. North Texas gets about one to two days a year where everyone turns stupid. Even the folks from up North who have been driving on this stuff their whole lives turn stupid due to the other people who turn stupid.
With just a small amount of ice we panic and everything shuts down. Even as self sufficient as we are, my wife ran to Walmart yesterday in the mad rush along with thousands of other people to grab anything she thought we might need to last through the long cold spell. She told me most of the shelves were empty, every register was open and the lines were backed up all the way to produce. I look at it this way, at least they went before the storm hit instead of waiting till it hit and getting on the streets.
I just came off of an eleven day vacation and due to weather, was stuck in the house most of those days. I sure didn't want to be stuck in the house for another four more days but what choice do I have. I started a fire, turned on Mythbusters and propped my feet up. What a bad day, or was it?