Thursday, January 26, 2012

Well, that just sucked.

The Korean War Memorial
The walk to work. 
The aftermath.
Last week, we were told that a huge snowstorm was blowing in and that we were due to have between 6 and 15 inches of snow.  The whole idea seemed a little preposterous, as we usually only get one or two inches of snow at a time and that usually melts right away.  However, all the forecasters were saying it and it concerned me because we have to go to work no matter what at this time of the year.  I woke up at 3 am Wednesday morning, looked out the window and saw no snow.  When I woke up two hours later, I found that five inches of snow had thudded down from the sky and more was coming.  I got ready for work and headed out the door at 6 am.  The drive wasn't too bad, a little slippery and with little visibility at times, but overall I made it to work.

During the day, we received a total of about 14 inches of snow. It was beautiful, but made for a horrible drive home.  I actually had to stop and ask a friend to come and get me because my car couldn't get any traction.  It was embarrassing, but I have very good friends.

The Capitol Campus 
The World War II memorial
As if no car and 14 inches of snow on the ground weren't bad enough, nature turned the screws by producing .5 inches of freezing rain Thursday morning.  The roads iced over and my friend who picked me up drove me to work late in the morning after things had opened up a bit.  But, here's the problem when you have a massive amount of snow and freezing rain and live in a city that really appreciates its trees:  the branches get weighed down and break.  And break they did.  I walked out of my development a couple of miles to meet my ride.  It was like walking through gun fire.  The branches cracked and crashed to the earth, and, unfortunately, taking many power lines down with them.  Our ride to work consisted of avoiding downed branches, trees, and power lines.  Power went out at my house on Thursday and didn't return for six days.  Yes, six days.  I slept one night at work, mostly to ensure that I would be there the next day and the remaining nights sleeping in my sleeping bag with three cats permanently attached to me.  It got down to 40 degrees inside, but I actually kind of enjoyed curling up with the cats and watching tv shows on my laptop.  Now, the only thing left to do is clean up.
The front yard 
I may just have to replace the fence this time.  
More fence damage 
More damage.  Sigh.


  1. Well doesn't that all just sound like fun! I'm glad you got your power back, and that you didn't have damage to your house. I hope you enjoyed cuddle time with the cat army.

  2. It just goes to show that we can't beat the weather. It is such a mighty force. At least the cats enjoyed themselve been able to cuddle up with you.

  3. I'm looking at your photos with envy right now as I'm a NYer living in Western Australia and the temperature hit 103 today. What I wouldn't give for a snow storm right now. LOL

  4. Awesome photos! Sorry about the 6 days without power and the fence damage though. I love that sort of weather, but yeah, the trip to/from work does mess up the ability to enjoy it

  5. We had a snow day on Tuesday. It doesn't take much to snarl things up. One of the students took four hours to get to school because of delayed trains.
    In Tokyo they prune trees so severely, especially near wires. I guess that helps some. That poor fence got bombarded.