|I didn't take this picture, I am not getting that close to a food store today|
This area does not cope well with heavy snow. We don't get it that often, once every five to ten years we will get this kind of snow, the last time was seven years ago (the weekend after I moved into the Condo.) Places that receive this kind of snow every winter, have heavier snow removal equipment. Seven years ago, the state of Virginia admitted that it had fewer than ten pieces of snow removal equipment capable of handling more than 10 inches of snow - for the entire state. If the build up was deeper than that, they had to move it one scoop at a time with bucket loaders, a process so slow that the snow generally melts before they can get to it. I dare say the bankrupt City of Detroit has more heavy snow removal equipment than the entire state of Virginia, because they deal with this kind of snow nearly every winter and sometimes several times in a winter. I don't think the District of Columbia has a single heavy snow plow.
My office closed today. A very wise move as the storm is forecast to move in mid-day. Your Federal government, was open today, closing at noon. Meaning that 300,000 federal employees will be trying to get home, just as the storm is setting in, so they can die in traffic gridlock trying to get home. I was proud of my office for breaking with Feds and saying, don't come in and then turn around and leave three hours later.
Wednesday evening, we had a little snow, the first quarter of an inch froze as ice, covered in about an inch of snow. No one was prepared, and the streets became impassable. It took me over an hour to drive home from the subway station, less than a mile away, and I ended up parking off the side of the street on a steep hill a quarter mile from the house and walking the rest of the way. I had driven to the station because I had late meeting in the city and it should have been the easiest way to get home.
I tried to explain to one of my student interns what a snowbird is. A snowbird is a person (or family) that lives in the north and spends the winters in the south. When I was in the 8th grade, my parents became snowbirds. We started spending winters in Florida. I would start school in Michigan in September, the first of November we would go to Florida and I would go to school there, in mid to late March we would go back to Michigan and I would finish the school year there. She thought it was impossible, no one could do that, how would you finish school? I did. It probably explains parts of who I am , why I am who I am today.