Today’s post is very different than my usual. The pictures were taken with my work iPhone, for obvious reasons. I hardly ever take a picture with my phone.
Some of you live in regions where snow is much more than a four letter word. It is something that you live with throughout the winter. However, unless you have experienced snow in Alabama, you can’t even begin to understand its paralyzing grip.
We are just not equipped in any way shape or form to handle the white stuff. Some say that locals haven’t learned to drive in it, because of their lack of experience. I’m sure that there is a lot of truth in that statement, since it doesn’t snow here that much. However, it goes much deeper than knowing how. It just doesn’t make sense for the state or local governments to invest in the equipment or supplies to combat it, when we get so little. Usually, everyone knows that it coming and has time to buy their milk and bread, (I’m not sure why, but everyone knows that you have to have milk and bread when it snows.) and then they stay at home. However, Tuesday we weren’t supposed to get any snow. Let the stuff drop without any warning and it becomes the perfect storm.
When I realized that it was starting to become a problem around 10:30 Tuesday morning, I left work in an attempt to make the 45 minute drive home. At 1:30 that afternoon I was checking into an almost full motel. It wasn’t that I couldn’t drive in the area where I stayed. It was that I couldn’t get on top of the mountain where I live.
I was one of the lucky ones. Some had to camp out in there automobiles on the Interstates. Children were stranded at schools. The Governor declared a state of emergency. I’d like to say that I spent the night and returned to work the next day. No, I was there for two nights and finally arrived home after work Thursday evening.
The first day I headed out to find some lunch and dinner for the night. I stopped by Dominoes. The guy explained that he was closing and only had the orders for some who had called ahead. Then he said I do have a medium size that I had cooked for my lunch, I’ll be happy to sell you that. I thanked him and headed across the road instead. I found an opened gas station, Chinese Restaurant and a Wendy’s. The next day the Chinese Restaurant and a gas station were the only two places opened.
Did I ever say that winter is my least favorite time of the year?
Below is a link to a video of the metro area during this time, taken from a privately owned drone that he has equipped with a GoPro. What a fun idea.