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The area in which I live is currently being belted by snow, beneath which is a crust of frozen rain. Whenever the staff requests to go home, we get lectures about it having been our choice to live out in the country and therefore not the admin's problem that we have long, scary drives ahead of us. Except when we're told not to risk our lives to come to work. And you never know which type of reaction you'll get, the human one or the jerky one.

And yesterday I had a really bad conversation with my dayjob boss which will probably result in me being in the doghouse for several months, at least. (Once I was in the doghouse for half a year. Sigh.)

So I'm not sure, do I go in this morning? Do I call in and say my road's not plowed yet and I can't get out? Bleah, I hate this. There's about 6" on my car and another foot expected before the end of my shift.

EDIT: I got about halfway there and had to turn around and come back due to the drifting. Oh well, I tried. 


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Dec. 9th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Call in say your road is not plowed yet
I live in upstate NY, I find that excuse works wonders
And really you shouldn't be driving in that crap
So many people are on the roads that don't know how to drive in bad weather and you shouldn't put yourself at risk
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
I grew up in Buffalo--this is the type of thing they would have closed the roads for. For whatever reason, they don't close the roads in the Midwest. My area's sparsely populated, so a bigger worry would be driving off the road into a ditch because I can't tell where the road is, rather than getting hit by someone driving like a douchebag.

I'll wait an hour and see what it does. But it's coming down diagonally in fine pellets right now.
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Hey Buffalo Girl: If it's giving you pause, call in. You know from snow, after all! Or at least call in until they plow.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
I gave it a go and turned around and came home.

I wouldn've been paid for my shift if they closed work, I guess that's my only disappointment at this point.
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
Yes I live in the middle of nowhere so I see the danger of driving off the road
One reason I broke down and bought a cellphone
Hope it let's up but it doesn't sound like it will
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, I have one of those cell phones, too. But it DOESN'T WORK in the village where I live, how's that for security? (The one time I needed to be winched off a snowbank, I was at least in an area with reception.)
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oh no, not good to have it in a dead zone
I was lucky the one time i ended in a field and I was cursing everything, one of my neighbors drove by, stopped and helped me

I hope the roads aren't too bad for you
Dec. 9th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
lol. village...

Unfortunately, I've never seen snow, so I can't even imagine. I do hate the cold though, so it doesn't sound like I'd do too well where you live.

I'm glad you didn't risk it. I mean, night time might be even worse if morning's looking pretty bleak.
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I know, doesn't "village" make it sound like I live in a thatched hut or something? I frankly never differentiated between city, town, village and township until I moved out to the country and had to figure out where to go vote.

The snow's stopped falling and I got the driveway mostly shoveled. Yay! (I actually own showshoes, which I've used only twice. Maybe I will take them for a spin tomorrow.)
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
wow, it's still such a fascination for me, people who have snow. A friend of mine sends me pictures through the winter to make me realise what she has to cope with *lol*.

Anyway, wanted to let you know I'm re-reading the CM series and *loving* it. Not that it was ever going to be in doubt, but I hope you know what I mean *lol*.

Have a good week!
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
*huge hugs*

I'm working on Morpheus rewrites and it bolsters my inner reserves to hear that. I'm feeling kind of pathetic right now, if you can't tell ;-)
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Hey, no need! If it's the snow, it'll pass - if it's the rewrites, the raw material is so strong and fabulous, rewrites can only enhance.

And look at all the great things 2009 are going to hold for you!
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Oh, ish. Personally (and living in a rather snowbeltish area as well) I tend to err on the staying alive side. That said, my boss kind of really likes me and doesn't mind if I skip a day. Of course, my boss is me and together we get behind on deadlines by skipping days. :-|

I hope they tell you to be smart and stay home. :(
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
I gave it a try and my car was all over the place, so at least I don't feel that nagging "am I making the right decision?" feeling. My boss was not liking me much at all prior to me calling in. *sigh*
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'll like you enough for both of us.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
By all means go to work, but first:
1. Pack a cooler full of snow
2. Deposit snow on jerky boss's windshield, packing it down tightly and sprinking with the contents of a water bottle.
3. Smile in satisfaction as they discover what a "mother" nature is at the end of the day.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
You always have the best ideas. Seriously.

It looks like they're going to forge on and open the public library despite the weather. And despite the fact that 80% of the staff lives out of town. Because, you know, that's where they do the emergency heart transplants.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
God gave me that special gift. ;-P

Some patrons are library addicts though. I remember the wailing like death the days my facility had to close when the air conditioning died. Harlequin Romance paperbacks = oxygen, apparently.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I can empathize. We have about a foot of snow in the yard right now- I let my puppy out and the snow was up to her shoulders (at which point I had to run outside and dig her out!) I am not looking forward to going out tonight- across the city, taking public transit. *shudders*

Really, though, the worst part is having my friend in Vancouver go on and on about how much she wishes it snowed there! (No hun, no you don't). Man, I really want to move to a more temparate climate.

Oh, I've received my books! Hee, it's so much fun to read them curled up on the sofa as opposed to at my desk!
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I took a lot of public transit while I was in San Francisco. When the bus comes and it's not all crowded, you're like, "Yay, this is great, why does anyone drive?" But when you stand there in the rain for half an hour and you get on and it's all packed, you're like, "Dang, I miss my car."

That's a great image, digging out your dog!

They said the snow was going to drift, but I kind of doubt it. It felt too wet while I was shoveling.

I'm so glad your books made it to you safely :D You being in such a far-flung foreign country and all!!
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
If you're already in the dog box then staying home can't really do much more damage, right?
Dec. 11th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
I love "dog box."

Today I'm heading back to the coal mines. If I'm lucky, boss will be in meetings all day and we won't need to cross paths 'til Monday.
Dec. 11th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
I love the word 'bleah'.

Dec. 11th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
The word 'bleah" really epitomized that day.

By the way, who is that in your icon?
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
brent corrigan, gay twink porn mega star. He has had a very controversial life, and if you like to see men kissing, check him out on you tube.
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well who DOESN'T like to see men kissing? ;-)

I like to see men doing lots of things....
Dec. 12th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
heh, heh
I thought the people who read your books, and write your books, would appreciate that
also look up francesco d'macho (the cheesiest name in porn) if you like your men bigger than twinks and tattooed. mmmmmmmmmm, big italian tattooed men. my favourite is francois sagat (french porn star) and francesco's first kiss. It's so good to be able to share my hidden vices ;)
Dec. 12th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay, I'll have a look! I like a wide range of guys, actually. Older, younger, muscular, slim... I think what I look for is how much they seem to be into the proceedings. How much personality they seem to have.

I was just watching a "film" in which one of the bossy guys went "NICE" in this really funny way whenever something good happened, then went to the day job and found myself saying "NICE" whenever I dug something.

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