Friday, April 11, 2008

my fault, entirely

I take full responsibility for yesterday's freak and completely unanticipated snowstorm.

I did, after all, not only wash the urban assault vehicle for the first time in months just the day before, but also removed the Christmas wreath from the garage door. Send all your collision repair bills directly to me.

It was actually pretty amazing. Not only did the 23 cm dump beat a 96 year snowfall record for that day, it resulted in the some unprecedented sights and commute times.

Normally when I pull out onto the main drag through my community, I have to wait for one or maybe two cars to pass by first. Yesterday there was a line of unmoving cars as far as the eye could see. I took an evasive manoeuvre by plowing the urban assault vehicle through snow-choked back lanes instead, but even so it took 25 minutes to leave my community, a trip that normally takes 5 minutes.

Much to her chagrin, I did get the Resident Offspring to school on time, but only because we started out extra early. After that point, however, it was like driving through a war zone, cars abandoned in the middle of the road, buses and trucks jackknifed all over bridge decks. I was very happy for four-wheel drive and the fact that I no longer cared that I was going to be incredibly late for Reseach Day.

My deal-breaker commute time is 2 hours; if I ever reach that point I shall quit immediately. Yesterday I got to work in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Turns out I was one of the lucky ones, even though I had one of the furthest distances to travel.

In honour of Friday at last, here are the Top Five Commute Times I heard about yesterday:
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- 18 minutes (by the Spousal Unit who left before snowstorm)
- 2 1/2 hours (by someone who lives very close to work)
- 45 minutes to get out of her backlane
- 3 hours to merge onto Crowchild Trail (I suspect an embellishment)
- 3 1/2 hours (I can't believe they took 14th Street!)
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What are your commuting horror stories?
Or are you observing Bike to Work Day today?

17 comments:

kelly said...

haaaa haaa haaa haaa
oh I am so sorry that was so rude of me

yesterday it took about 4 minutes

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Karma Police gonna get you, Kelly. Although 4 minutes is impressive in any situation.

URBAN BLONDE said...

My Significant Other took only 7 or 8 minutes to get to work because I forced him to wait until 9 to leave.

Why kill yourself for a job? or school? Mind you, he heads down south to work in the opposite direction of everyone else.

Glad you all made it safely through the day and glad you finally took down that wreath! ;P

mellowlee said...

UG! That settles it Barb, you need to come see me right away!!!! ;O)

I'm looking for guitar tabs online so I can learn me some songs! I wish my digital camera wasn't broken, or I would take some pics of my new treasure!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I thought the wreath was what was holding back spring, UB, but obviously I pissed off some deity when I removed it.
I would have stayed home if it were not the day my boss was giving his big speech and then heading back to the UK. They really need to move the university much further south.

The pic you posted looks pretty sweet, Mel. Of course it is sans your lovely face. I think you are the only person I know who could successfully pull off a pink guitar.

micehell said...

My worst commute was from Bremerton to Bainbridge Island during the ferry arrivals. Typical drive sans traffic, about 40 minutes. After work, 2.5 hours once the ferry let loose its commuter bowels. 1 lane of traffic in both directions across a narrow island, 5 days a week - enough to understand where exactly road rage comes from...

In the SNOW though? You guys got the stones, man. Us coastal folks get all freaky fucked in severe weather, it's great. :D

4 minutes. I don't think I'd wanna live that close to work... difficult to lie about getting in that way, hahah...

Allison said...

Argh, that sucks! Hears hoping the snow melts right away. It rained buckets here yesterday, oh and wait yes its raining still today.

I can't think of any commute horror tales, this summer driving 1 hour + back and forth wasn't so pleasant by thankfully didn't get stuck too much. I was once stuck on the 401 from Toronto to Kingston in the summer for 8 hours because of an accident. That was not fun.

Bubs said...

I would go nuts with a snowstorm of that magnitude this late in the year.

I don't know if this counts as commuting, but the final tally for my trip to Dallas this week was:

4 canceled flights
1 extra night in a hotel
1- 15 hour drive home through thunderstorms, high winds and tornado warnings

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Meanwhile down here it was sunny, 80 degrees, and the flowering trees are in full bloom. I love spring in the south.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You guys should erect a road sign on that bridge, proudly proclaiming the area to be "The Home of Road Rage", Michelle. That'd be a real tourist draw, I am sure.
Good point on the 4 minute issue, actually - doesn't leave much wiggle room.

Being stuck on the 401 in the summer for 8 hours certainly qualifies as commuter hell, Al.
Sorry to hear you've begun the rainy season; it's actually melting like mad in the brilliant sun around here. And to be honest, we really needed the moisture.

Oh yeah, I think that counts as commuting, Bubs. In fact, if I were giving out prizes for worst commute, you would be walking out of here proudly with a bowling trophy tucked under your arm. Glad you finally made it home!

If I leave now I can be there in time for supper, Dr M. You don't mindd if I crash on your couch for a couple of weeks?
Actually it's going up to 17C (mid 60s in American) today, and my rhubarb is sprouting!

Dale said...

I thought of you yesterday Barbara and then I laughed but quickly stopped. It could happen here too!

justacoolcat said...

Unreal. It was freaky here with lightening and thunder during the snowstorm, but luckily the traffic wasn't too bad in the morning.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And I was thinking of you, Dale, when it was starting to look as it we should call the army in.

Thunder, lightening, and snowstorms are a disturbing combination, Just A. I'm amazed you didn't have power line fires.

Gifted Typist said...

oh man, Zombie, that is complicated. 23 cms. In April.

The whingers in my city would have just gone full-on lock-down and shut everything down.

But not you Calgarians!
Hope it melts fast

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Calgarians love to go to work or something, Gifted. It's stupid, but they are a driven bunch.

Todd said...

hopefully that is the end of the snow for you until the end of the year!

no biking for me, however I have opted to start walking to/from work on weekends when it's not pouring, or when I am not carrying 10 bags of food. It's great exercise, and I get to finally browse at shops all along Bloor St. whilst on my walk. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That sounds rather glorious, Todd. Provided you don't have those 10 bags of groceries. And what a great way to sneak in your exercise.

I hate to tell you, but it's snowing right now.