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Daily Archives: February 21, 2011

The commute to nowhere

image from wrh.noaa.gov

It’s been an interesting day so far!

Yesterday morning, we had green grass showing; it started to snow around 2pm, a “wintry mix” the weatherman called it.  By 7pm we had seven inches of snow.

I got up extra early this morning because I knew the commute to the office was going to be horrendous, and it was.  Icy roads, cars in the ditch, and vehicles stuck where the snow plow hadn’t yet been.   I had to tap the brakes once and felt my SUV start to slide; Crap! Crap! Crap! I shouted as I swerved back into position.

I made it to the office on time (yay!) and powered up my laptop;  slowly my programs started to populate.

“Anyone else having problems with email or downloading files from the network?” This became the question of the day.

Sure enough, our office had lost connectivity. It made sense, given the ice and power outages in the area.

In my job I am dead in the water without my laptop though so, after a meeting, I powered down my computer, undocked it from the docking station and loaded up my vehicle for the trip HOME.  Driving back was no better; the roads are icy and messy and now, the wind is swirling the loose snow around into a drifting, blustery hazard.   The snow plows are out but there’s no salt being applied because it’s too cold for the salt to take effect.  I saw several more vehicles in the ditch and a few unfortunate folks who were stuck.

I made it though.   And thankfully the power is on so I have access to high-speed.

((Truth be told, I’m just fine working here today anyways … I have a number of projects to finish and I will be able to without interruption.))

But first, I think I’ll fill up my coffee cup, slip into my slippers and crank the heat up.

Happy day all!

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