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Long Night's Journey Into Snow.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Long Night's Journey Into Snow....
It was an OMGSnowpocalypse, and then it wasn't. All advisories here and east toward Rochester (that had run into tonight and tomorrow) were called off by this morning.  The day was snow-free and pretty, and by the time I finished errands and Eleanor got out of work, the drive to Em and Cameron's was quick and stressless.  I turned in the title to the dead car at its final resting place on the way, and they even found the missing license plate to match the one I already had for it, both of which will now go on Kermit. (Some people don't want to transfer plates from totaled cars onto newer ones because of the "bad luck," but the way I see it, these two hunks of metal were rocking seriously good juju that night and I'm happy to transfer it onto the new one.)

The afternoon and early evening with them were delightful. They also invited one of Emily's former roommates over (her family's moved to south Texas, too far for a four-day trip), and we watched Raiders of the Lost Ark and Blazing Saddles while Em and Eleanor, mostly, got the food together.  We knew the food was good when nobody was talking over it at the table.

I was- am- immensely proud of our daughter for the effort. It's something I never managed to pull off in my years in between childhood home and married life, and she planned it and executed it like the amazing young woman she is.  Things did get a bit behind schedule, though, and we didn't leave until close to 8:30-

by which time the snow had returned, along with a biting wind.  In the end, the drive home was okay, if slower than the eastbound trip, and we saw more than a few idiots doing/having done idiotic things (like at least one car in a 490 ditch, and another who decided to pull over ON the ramp from that road to the 90 right after passing a much safer toll plaza for his wiper/pee/whatever break).  But we made it home by 9:30, the animals failed to call the Humane Society on us for daring to delay dinner by over three hours, and we are as thankful as you can be short of being actually on the official day itself.

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symian From: symian Date: November 28th, 2013 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I tell people all the time, but they ignore me, that an SUV or 4 wheel drive doesn't make you safer unless you learn how to drive it. It's a completely different skill-set. I watch as SUVs spin on ice and in rain because the driver thinks the car automatically drives better for them. They do not.
plantmom From: plantmom Date: November 28th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
So true, so true.
symian From: symian Date: November 28th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I just watched one on TV going off the road for no real reason and then saw the exact same thing happen in front of me a few hours later, both spinning out and flipping over.

I think it is in Sweden or Norway, or maybe Greenland (or all of them) where you have to learn how to power-slide (or drift) in order to get a driving license. That actually makes sense to me. Of course, they have a lot more snow and a lot less traffic.
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