Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Well, I just had one of the most stressful afternoons of my life. We had a freak snow storm in Raleigh that no one predicted. All they thought was maybe that we'd get a dusting of flurries. But it started and came down hard. After an hour they cancelled school and sent us home. I left at 1:30 for an 8 mile drive that takes usually about 20 minutes. I straggled in at 8:30. It took SEVEN hours to drive home! The cars are bumper-to-bumper mostly not even moving. We were lucky when we could go one or two miles an hour. Literally. Cars were slipping and sliding into each other. Finally, at about a mile from our house we left the car in an office parking lot and walked home. It was a real odyssey, but we're safe now and our new car wasn't even damaged. And no school tomorrow so I can watch the Inauguration live. Kismet.

Alas, all were not so lucky. Some kids have been stranded at schools because they can't get buses there. Some kids spent 7-8 hours getting home on the bus. All for a storm that the weathermen are sheepishly admitting that they totally messed up in predicting this weather.