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March 1st, 2005

Continued Snow Hysteria

I’ve complained about people’s general stupidity in the south (even Virginia) when it comes to snow. Schools here have closed because it was too cold when it was 30 degrees out. In Virginia Beach, they had what could only be described as “half a dusting” and schools were closed. And even when it does snow a bit, people act like it’s the scariest thing ever. Last night, my wife headed home early from work because people were telling her, “It’s slick outside! I was sliding all over!” The truth, as she found out: it was slushy. Like when it rains. Not a bit of ice to be seen. Crazy. As I like to say, “This wouldn’t happen up north!”

This is all ground that’s been covered before. I just felt the need to emphasize it. Thank you.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 10:56:56 am
Here in Michigan, we got 8" of snow last night. Class continues as normal.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 11:30:39 am
Stealing Ping ideas from me again Ryan? ;)



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 11:46:01 am
The frequent freeze/thaw cycles make nice potholes that allow us northern climate dwellers to keep our traction in the snow. When snow hits the South, the nice smooth roads turn into an ice rink.

I'm being a bit facetious, but sometimes road materials can have something to do with it. In New Orleans, for example, the roads are paved with crushed brick and asphalt. The crushed brick is old ballast from merchant ships and is nicely polished by contact with rubber, like thousands of tires. The slightest bit of snow, which does occasionally precipitate, will turn the road into a greased pig.

Of course, so will the rain. It amazes me that a city which has so much rainfall just shrugs its shoulders when it comes to street design. But, it's fun to be able to do donuts year-round because it rains all the time.

The addition of snow does make the roads a bit worse than rain alone does. Plus, when it does snow in the Deep South, the bible slappers start screaming "Apocalypse!" which just adds to the hysteria.

Another issue may be sense of safety. In the snow belt you're just sort of used to that slushy feeling under the tires. If you've never driven in it, and you're otherwise used to the feeling of solid contact, that slippy slidey sensation can prompt a real freak out. My inner tie rods wore out and I had something similar. It took a while to get used to, but then I became accustomed.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 5:09:20 pm
Take it back to New Jersey, Yanky!

(Sorry, I just had to provide the usual Richmond response.)



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