Thursday, December 11, 2008

Icy weather

I woke up this morning to a winter mix of snow, sleet and rain. Put on my uniform, pulled my boots on and headed out the door. I should have known when there was no traffic across the Purple Heart Bridge that school was closed. I got to the school parking lot, realized I was the only person there, then talked with a teacher who showed up wondering where everyone was and if this weather is sufficient to keep the children home.

Of course it is. This is the worst winter storm in the last several years, with places like Forest Hill, LA and Lafayette, LA reporting snow. That's unheard of.

Just to give my northern readers an idea of what snow in central Louisiana looks like, take a gander at my neighbor's house at daybreak.

Yep, that's it. That little dusting on his roof has shut down schools in Central Louisiana. We're done for the day. I'll be watching grandkids at home today while parents work or sleep. (My eldest son works nights and is snoring on the couch.) The Courthouse is shut down, lots of gummint offices are closed. It's remarkable what happens when we get a snow day.

For lunch, I'm thinking red beans and rice.


Anonymous said...

Your snow day is a lot like a mosquito infestation here in Oregon...... non-existent.

Anonymous said...

I get a big kick out of flatlanders mocking us Seattleites for pretty much closing down when we get our annual week of four inches of snow. They do that until it's graphically illustrated that only about 1% of Seattle is not on a 15% grade.

The fun begins when an immigrant from Northern Minnesota sees a measly four inches of snow, sneers at the wussy locals, gets in his car, drives three blocks, crests the hill he's been driving down each morning for six months, only then then realizing he's got three stoplights that may or may not be green, and which he won't be able to stop for in any case, between him and his collision at the bottom.

The bottom being a tee intersection 1/4 mile and 200 feet elevation below.

Another hint is coming into town on any snowy morning and noting that almost every freeway offramp is decorated with at least one and sometimes several inverted 4WD SUV's and Pickups alongside it.

Gerry N.