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♫Puttin' that Vulcan Death Grip on me....♫ - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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♫Puttin' that Vulcan Death Grip on me....♫
You don't remember the song?  Well, then:



First things first. We're both safely home, inside, stocked up and with no need to go anywhere for days. But it's been fun, lemme tell ya.

This alleged blizzard, officially named Vulcan down at the weather office, has been a Thing for well over two days.  Reports yesterday were that it might be delayed a bit (starting in earnest around, oh, now, rather than last night), but it was coming and was going to be brutal.  By last night, most schools across Western New York announced they would be closed today, and by asscrack o'clock, Erie County also closed all of its offices.

What about the feds, though? I was scheduled to be in Rochester for a bankruptcy court hearing at 9 this morning.  There are posted policies about weather related cancellations, all dependent on you calling into the clerk's office or checking the website. I did both- in the wee hours when insomnia reigned, as soon as the animals got me up at 5, and then, finally, right before 6:30, the time I figured I needed to leave in order to get there by 9 if it got bad in transit.  All suggested that the hearing was on- perhaps because it wasn't supposed to get bad until late morning and my plan, therefore, was to just hightail it back here as soon as we finished.

And on the way in, it wasn't bad, really. It was just a little rain when I left, and little more than flurries when I got to Emily's a little before 8 (I had to stick a registration thingie on her car). It was then that I got to check the court's website again, and saw:

Please take notice that due to a weather emergency, the Buffalo/Rochester Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York will be closed today March 12th 2014. Please see "The Court's Closing or Delay Procedures" under the Judges section of the Court's website for guidance regarding the forced cancellation of scheduled Court hearings. The Court's website will be updated with additional information, as necessary.
Page Modified on March 12, 2014 7:27 am


You read that right: 7:27 a.m. when first hearings kick off at 9.  And even that didn't ensure I was home free; today's hearing is technically under the aegis of the Justice Department, not the court itself, and you are directed to check with them, as well. Nothin'- not on their office phone message, nothing on their website noting the cancellations until 9:06 this morning.  Only by driving the remaining three miles, and getting the skinny from the federal marshals at the door, was I free to leave.

Which I did, tout suite. (Actually met the client, briefly, in an adjacent parking lot, since she'd had to shlep the whole way, too.) In those 20-30 minutes, "little more than flurries" had turned into "snowing sideways and nearly whiting out," but I was in no hurry, so I just headed back at a pokey pace, watched one SUV and one semi being hauled out of respective ditches, and made it to the first Wegmans off the 90 a bit before 10.

Eleanor had been home for half an hour or so by the time I got home. She'd gone in at 8, but lasted barely an hour due to nasty stomach cramps which she's now sleeping off.

We have plenty to eat, drink, read, watch- and she has a new laptop to learn all about when she feels better. Today's hearing got postponed until a week from Friday- as it stands, the fourth day in a row I will need to be in Rochester in the morning next week.  But it's supposed to be back in the 40s and 50s by then, so I'll gladly take the mulligan.

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