Tuesday, December 29, 2009

And here is the fucking joke of the day




We got a couple of inches of snow, and, being unprepared as fuck all like we normally are in Oregon - despite the fact that we get snow every year, and blizzards every four or five years - guess what? Gridlock. Ice. Snow. Plows coming out several hours AFTER it started and there were already wrecks. People driving STUPIDLY and crashes everywhere.

It took me four and a half hours to get home 11 miles. And I am claustrophobic.

But guess what?

The forecast reads (still!!):

PRECIPITATION TYPE WILL BEGIN AS SNOW... SLEET AND/OR FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON... THEN TRANSITION TO JUST RAIN LATER THIS EVENING.

EVEN THOUGH LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED... IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME LOCATIONS MAY RECEIVE UP TO ONE HALF OF AN INCH...


You've got to love meteorologists. It's not like they get fired if they call it wrong.

Elsewhere in the country, you should definitely be laughing at us, because all of this was caused by two inches of snow. TWO INCHES!!! Who says size doesn't matter?

16 comments:

Darth Weasel said...

sad thing is, growing up it snowed maybe two or three times TOTAL in about 15 years. Had more snow the last two years than the rest of my life put together. Grr.

Claire said...

Sounds like Oregon and London have that in common! In Scotland, half a foot causes little to no disruption, but in London a centimetre unleashes mania!

Cxx

LL Cool Joe said...

I totally agree with Claire! Here in London when we get snow the world may well have ended! Fortunately we were in New York when it snowed here and I think we got the better deal. My parents were house bound for days. The roads were closed, there were no sbow ploughs, no gritting etc. There's no public transport. It's appalling, and for the elderly, devastating.

I'm cracking up, my word verification is WHINGER! Is that you or me??

G said...

Connecticut can be just as bad, especially with the plowing. It varies greatly from town to town, and even town to state.

However, two inches is really nothing. We got smacked with about a foot last week and they're forecasting another five to eight or so New Year's weekend (or a Nor'easter, take your pick)

I actually love driving in the snow, because it actully means that I CAN SEE THE ROAD for a change, instead of doing white knuckle driving during a torrential downpour or something.

Fireblossom said...

4.5 hours for a local trip?!? Wow.

I understand there will be widespread weather over much of the country again today. (thank you, George Carlin)

Lynn said...

The same thing happens here in Atlanta - on the rare occasions it snows, it causes calamity.

Can you work from home today? I don't like to think of you getting caught in that madness again.

Aliceson said...

HaHa! Although I shouldn't laugh about a 4 and a half hour 11 mile commute. That sucks!

Mama Zen said...

Just before Christmas, our forecast was for a trace to two inches. We got 14.

I want to be a meteorologist.

Riot Kitty said...

Darth: That is weird!
Claire and Joey: Portland and London have virtually identical weather, actually...and apparently identical ineptness dealing with snow.
G: I know - two inches should be nothing! That's how much we suck.
FB: I'm staying away from freeways for awhile, let me tell you.
L: Yep! I'm working from home.
A: Suck it did.
MZ: Seriously! On both!

JLee said...

Oh no!! That sucks! We got a little dribble of snow, which quickly turned to rain (thank God) Texans cannot drive in the ice!

Shionge said...

I'm freezing just by reading this RK, still snuggle up in bed and have a good year ahead ya :D

Riot Kitty said...

JLee: It DID suck - and the funny thing is, the transportation department, which came out hours late with sand, blamed people for not having chains. Hello! I have chains. Fat lot of good they did me when I was stuck in traffic.
S: Good plan!

Granny Annie said...

My brother has 14 inches! Love that first photograph. Did you actually take that picture?

poietes said...

RK,
We decided to make our trip to Ohio during the December blizzard. No visibility, snow, ice, you name it. Took us 27 hours to get from Norfolk to Lima, Ohio. I truly believe that I now have a better appreciation for the term going postal.

Riot Kitty said...

GA: Wow. Mr. RK took these pictures.
P: That is horrible! I agree.

Pouty Lips said...

Accidents in Arizona increase 40% every time it rains. I feel your pain. It's like you want to scream: "Hey, Oregon drivers, it's white and it falls from the sky. It's just snow for chrissakes. It does not require you to slam on your breaks."