the biggest snow episode in the last few years in scope of pure size
a monster storm with a beautiful image even from space!
the NASA – NOAA’s suomi NPP satellite . . .
the national weather channel
all local channels have been warning about it and talking about it
for the last FIVE days!
telling us exactly when it is to arrive.
down to the latest detail.
even if a person didn’t tune in . . . it’s probably been talked about in
offices and coffee shops and diners and schools.
and even with all that . . .
there are ALWAYS those
who REFUSE to just obey the request by all local authorities and
the meteorologists themselves . . .
” simply please STAY HOME if you don’t HAVE to get out in it “
and this is the result!
stranded for as much as 19 or more hours.
running out of gas to keep the car or truck warm.
running out of water. and food.
and no bathrooms in sight for miles.
many with children in the car.
why on earth would they do that?
they’ve known about this thing for a week.
even if they aren’t used to snow in their areas . . .
the warnings have been explicit!
do we love our car travel that much?
do we expect our truck drivers to be like
the pony express?
we’ve all already got too much stuff anyway.
surely two days won’t hurt.
there are whole countries who do ‘without’ for longer than 2 days!
i’d rather think that my beloved truck driver is SAFE somewhere.
and ready to roll as soon as he or she can!
courtesy:cnntwitter. hwy in kentucky stranded motorists backup
that’s a picture above from this storm too . . . in kentucky.
also stranded are
those on a highway in pennsylvania i heard about just this morning.
among all of those in deadlock there is a church school bus full of kids.
and it’s still snowing.
why can’t america stop or just PAUSE for maybe 2 days?
is what we do all that important? to be out in a car or a truck
on these highways in conditions like that?
i don’t understand it.
i grew up in states with deep snow levels all winter.
schools seldom closed. life had to go on.
often they did close if it was this kind of situation.
and when people had to or were asked to . . . we stayed home.
and there was no national weather service telling you all about it then!
the only thing out there in those major storms were the snow plows.
they have to have ROOM to do their job!
maybe people had more common sense in those days.
or less important things to do.
i don’t know!
and wait . . .
before you send protest cards and letters to me !
LOLOL!!! you know you want to!
i’m NOT talking here about the people who HAVE to get out there . . .
to take care of animals in their care or humans . . .
and the dedicated people in the hospitals and emergency clinics
and those who take care of us in ALL kinds of emergencies!
the troopers. the firefighters.
and the little babies who insist upon arriving at the
most inconvenient times!!!
all shows on broadway in new york have been cancelled.
the people of new york city have heeded the request to vacate the roads.
but there is now literally a BAN in effect and if you’re on them after
2:30 pm you are subject to arrest.
they have to be clear enough that a fire truck or ambulance could get through.
and people in other major cities have stopped driving as well on the coast.
and it’s been very helpful.
the only people out and about are those adventurous souls walking
or playing in it all!
but there have been hundreds and hundreds on the highways
i’ve mentioned above . . . STILL on the highways!
surely they don’t fall into the ‘essential’ category of job.
they’re sitting there now. in the cold. and the snow.
running out of the fuel to keep the car running to keep it warm.
and then their car sits there. dead in the snow.
immovable without assistance.
a very life threatening dangerous situation.
the thing is . . .
those same people who get out on the highways anyway . . .
who disregard the early warning pleas of ” PLEASE JUST STAY HOME “
well . . .
they always want to be rescued. and they need to be.
and it makes these guys’ jobs even
just getting TO THEM is often a major endeavor.
excuse me please.
i haven’t done a SOAP BOX post in a long long time!
i have to every now and then old bean!
don’t wanna get out of practice doncha know!
my next post is about sex.
it’s written already. i’ll post it next week.
it’s NOT a soapbox post!
threw that in here
just in case you’re so disgusted by this one
you’ve decided to write me off!
don’t ever do THAT old bean!
i so hope your power stays on.
the national weather channel just announced
well over 73 million people have been impacted by this storm
over 1/4 million people have lost power.
it has affected a 15 state area.
and they’re saying snow for the next 12 hours.
I SO HOPE you are not one of those who have to be in it.
and that . . . you’re one of the lucky and smart ones who
can and do stay COZY at HOME!!!
til soon old bean.