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It's snowing grumble grumble

  1. Feb 12, 2006 #1

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    So, I've finally thawed out enough to type, despite getting home about 2 hours ago. My car is once again parked at the row of townhomes below mine because it won't get up my hill, and that was only after getting towed up another hill on the way home (I wouldn't have gotten stuck except someone else got stuck ahead of me, so I had to slow down, and being a steep, uphill, S-curve, once I lost the momentum, that was the end of it). No shoulders there, just ditches. Fortunately, there were also EMTs stuck with their ambulance, so they had the flashing lights on so nobody else ran us over....though it didn't stop several from trying. The tow-truck driver made some good money tonight pulling people up that hill, and I'm glad he came along, because the AAA tow driver was going to be 90 minutes! By then, I could have walked to the farm(I was still within site of it), gotten a shovel, and started digging. I was totally unprepared...hadn't been watching the weather reports, so didn't know to expect snow today. We're supposed to get a lot, and it's supposed to keep coming until Monday too. :cry: I have stuff already started in the lab that I can't leave until Monday...somehow, I have to get there tomorrow. I can just go for a short time and get everything to a point where it CAN wait until Monday, but it's not at that point now.

    I think it's time to bite the bullet and start shopping for a vehicle with 4 WD. :frown: I love my little car and the gas mileage it gets, but it just can't handle the type of road conditions we get here. The people with 4WD had no problem navigating the road I was stuck on, even from a complete stop, and I have to go that way to get home. I really just wish I could hunker down and stay home until the snow stops. If I didn't start so much in the lab, I could. Unfortuntely, the stuff I'm doing right now is not something I trust anyone else in the lab to do for me (I'm still teaching them this stuff), so I can't just call someone who comes from a different direction or lives closer or who will be there anyway to do it for me. :frown: Hopefully they clear the roads at least by tomorrow afternoon, which is when I need to be there. The real problem is there seems to be a layer of ice under the snow since we had rain first. :yuck: At least after I got stuck, I know the police were going to contact the highway department to clear that road. Fortunately, none of us who were stuck skidded off the road into a ditch (they're pretty deep there and probably would have done a lot of damage to land in one...I don't really know why they don't put up a guard rail there or fill in the ditch a bit so when you skid into it, you don't trash the underside of the car so you can just get pulled back out and go on your way...maybe the water run-off just erodes it and they can't do anything about it, but every bad storm we've had, people land in the ditch there. And, nobody was hit by the cars driving around us, so that's good too (I was very nervous about that, and for that reason, was quite happy to pay the tow truck driver who happened to pass through before AAA got anyone out there...talking to the EMTs, it sounded like there weren't many tow trucks left to go around in town, because so many were already being called by the police).

    Anyway, since I wasn't prepared for snow, I wasn't really dressed properly for it either (the lab has been "tropical" lately...the heat does whatever it wants, regardless of what the thermostat is set for...we had several days when it was over 80 degrees in the lab), so got home absolutely freezing from just the few minutes I was standing outside to pay the tow truck driver and from talking to the other people stuck on the hill with me...we were making sure everyone had a phone and someone to call, etc.

    So, that was my exciting night. The mountains are very pretty, but I think I like them better in the summer! It would be nice to live on flatter ground again in the winter.
     
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  3. Feb 12, 2006 #2
    Somehow, I feel like I should get paid by the hour for reading this. :biggrin:

    So tell me moonbear, how does that make you feel?

    Uh huh...uh huh.....keep going.

    Im sorry our time is up for today.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2006 #3

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    Yeah, I kind of feel just like that. :redface:

    I was hoping to spend a long day at the lab tomorrow to get enough done to submit an abstract due later in the week, but with this weather, I guess I'm just going to have to pass...without a full day in the lab tomorrow, the only day I have uninterrupted to get work done, it's just not going to happen. Oh well, it would have been pushing it anyway, but since I've already been putting in the long days, it was worth aiming for.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2006 #4
    man, let her warm up before you start in on her. Being cold sucks. I feel for you Moonbear. I have a four wheel drive if you need to get anywhere. Of course you would have to give me your address and put me up for the night.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2006 #5

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    I think I'd rather be in AZ right now. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Feb 12, 2006 #6
    Moonbear, if you EVER feel the need to talk to someone, I am always here for you. Just leave a message at my office, the answering machine will pick up:

    Welcome to the Cyrus' Psychiatric Hotline.
    If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.
    If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.
    If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.
    If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.
    If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.
    If you are depressed, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.
    If you are delusional and occasionally hallucinate, please be aware that the thing you are holding on the side of your head is alive and about to bite off your ear.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2006 #7

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    :uhh: I think tribdog's offer sounded better. At least he was offering to warm me up and was going to let me talk to a live person (well, not sure how much talking he had in mind, but at least there was an actual person involved, not just me sitting here by myself pressing buttons :rolleyes:).
     
  9. Feb 12, 2006 #8
    I guess you guys are going to do some off-roading in tribs suv. I understand. :wink:
     
  10. Feb 12, 2006 #9

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    :rofl: I just decided to make some hot cocoa and am sitting in front of the fireplace with it. This is much better than the alternative I was considering, which was that they might not have been able to get me back up the hill, just heading back down it again, which would have probably meant camping out at the farm tonight...there's a shower and coffee pot and a cot there, so I could have managed the night until the farm crew showed up (I was contemplating it if they had to tow the car and couldn't give me a ride with it...as it was, they were actually just able to pull me up the hill with me steering...it was, well, let's say an interesting experience). Apparently I'm the only one around here who didn't know it was supposed to snow, so I don't know why they can't get the roads pre-treated, and keep a plow running on some of these more heavily trafficked, but treacherous when snow-covered roads. I didn't even realize the snow had gotten so bad, because of all the things I complain that our university doesn't do well, apparently the one thing they DO do well is clearing the snow from parking lots and roads on campus, so when I kept looking out the window, it didn't seem like much snow at all. I still thought the road I traveled home was one of the main ones people drive to get to the hospital because I don't know of any other route that cuts across the town from this end, so thought it ought to be kept as clear as the roads right around the hospital, but apparently I was wrong. Good thing the stuck EMTs didn't have any calls they needed to respond to!
     
  11. Feb 12, 2006 #10
    That was hilarious. Too bad you plagiarized it.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2006 #11
    I think Moonbear is bored :smile: When I get bored I talk to myself. Sometimes in public too..............not good. You should watch a movie moonbear.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2006 #12

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    :grumpy: I'm not talking to myself! At least, that wasn't the plan. I was talking to the PFers. But, heh, when I'm frustrated/upset over something, I sound the same talking to someone in person. :rolleyes: You responded very well...just sit back and nod and wait until the incoherent tirade is over, then tell a bad joke to get me smiling again. :approve: You sound like you have experience in dealing with this. :biggrin:
     
  14. Feb 12, 2006 #13
    he's definitely got the bad joke part down pat
     
  15. Feb 12, 2006 #14

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    aww I'm sorry you had to undergo that ordeal :biggrin:
     
  16. Feb 12, 2006 #15

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    Has anyone read OP?
    I'm curious to know what's the matter!:shy:
     
  17. Feb 12, 2006 #16

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    Nothing anymore. I got stuck in the snow on the way home, along with several other people, along a nasty section of road. I just had to vent about it because I was cold, unhappy, and wanted some sympathy. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Feb 12, 2006 #17

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    Well moonbear, i think if you really can't fix your roof, you may need to hire a contractor
     
  19. Feb 12, 2006 #18

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    :tongue: ...
     
  20. Feb 12, 2006 #19

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    Then you talked to some cold people about it and felt even worse!:frown:

    morals: getting stuck in a cold weather on a nasty section of road is alot better than being with some cold and unfriendly people whom incrrease your pain and sadness instead of cheering you up!
     
  21. Feb 12, 2006 #20

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    Thank you for understanding! :biggrin: :approve:
     
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