The Commander Memorial Hat

rubberduckyWell hey, it’s a better title than “Suck Suck Suckity Suck” roight?

All that suck refers to my horrific commute to (and from) work today. Why did I not telecommute? Long answer: I telecommuted throughout the holidays and my bleepin’ work ethic said, “Go to Cubeland today!” Short answer: I do not know.

About 10 minutes before I left for work, a SNOWPLOW!!! actually made a couple passes at our street. I was shocked because we are usually one of the last streets to get plowed. Why did I think that the main roads would be plowed? Because, not. Well not very well anyway. Maybe 12 hours ago or so? I traded vee-hickles with the GG today. I took the Outback and he took the cute little Ninja, performance taaaars and all. He has a shorter commute and doesn’t drive during rush hour.

Guess what? My commute sucked anyway. Even with the Outback. The roads were NOT cleared. Conditions were horrific. At one point, I had to turn into a parking lot to de-ice my veeeendsheeeeel vipers. So I could, uh, seeeee. One might think that when I turned into my business park, I might feel a bit of relief? Not. It was not plowed, I could not see the sides of the road, and two vee-hickles had spun out. Tailgaters be damned. I went slow.

Going home? The roads were just as bad or maybe worse. Definitely more slippery. I do not blame the plow drivers. I do wish the Planet Ann Arbor would place a higher priority on *services* for its residents rather than things like Public Art and Egregious Idling. We are a northern city and while we do not typically get slammed with snow in the same way that places like Sault Ste. Siberia do, we do need to be prepared to plow snow when it happens.

5 Responses to “The Commander Memorial Hat”

  1. Margaret Says:

    YES!! I feel terrified for you in absentia. I do NOT like driving in lots of snow and ice, which is why I will stay firmly parked in the Pac NW. However, we have a very small fleet of snowplows, so if we do get a snow event…ouch.

  2. jane Says:

    My drive was not a problem yesterday, just slow. Then again, hardly anyone on the road! And this morning, as the temp hovers at a chilly -5, I was SO excited that my car started. And it egregiously idled as I tried to scrape the frost off the windshield…

  3. Pooh Says:

    Every time I see the phrase “egregious idling” I think of some (not all) of my students. When I comment (or nag), they inevitably say, “I’m thinking”. I have to bite my tongue to keep from saying, “Don’t make it look so hard!”

  4. kayak woman Says:

    I Egregiously Idled 2 (count ’em) vee-hickles this morning. At -4 degrees (F) and no garage, I am unashamed.

  5. Pooh Says:

    If you’re scraping windows, then it doesn’t count as egregiuos idling, does it?