Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1.29

For this little bit of winter people were stranded on iced highways in their cars overnight.  Kids kept in schools were sleeping on the floors of the gym.

It's just a matter of practice which most folk down here will never get.

When I lived in NY and worked for AT&T we were expected at work even if the state police closed the roads. I'd show my badge at the road block and be waved on through, and dance my old Honda over the top of the packed snow and ice, slowly, deliberately and so much safer since I was alone on the road.

Snow driving at night was a form of deep meditation; a combination of intense focus on the road and the car and the constant need for the restrained, gentle touch, feeling the conditions through your feet and ass, hearing the changes as you rolled. I couldn't wait for my shift to end so I could get back out into the night and roll on.

4 comments:

arlee said...

alas, if it weren't for the 97% who don't know how to drive, period, never mind on snow and ice, it might always be so enjoyable--stay safe and warm!

deemallon said...

I learned to drive in the hilly counties of western Mass -- where you had to know how to accelerate in slippery conditions to get up a windy road, etc. But I think the severity of this storm and the amount of ice really put this into another category... I feel bad for everyone who got stuck and then froze for hours!

Deb said...

I hate it for the people who got stuck out on the roads too - it was dangerous.
I just hope everyone took lessons from this debacle.

Jeannie said...

I love your description of driving in the snow at night. When I first moved here we had horrid winters with snow starting at Thanksgiving and leaving at Easter. Through it all I was going to night school and loved the 20 miles drive back and forth. I was alone with my thoughts. The quiet and solitude that comes with snow is hard to explain to those who have never experienced it. Sending you hugs.