Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Winter Storm without a name

If I have taught you anything over the years, about my wonderful state, it's....
we love us some good weather, we can't handle a good ice/snow, and we name all of our winter storms.

The past week the weather folks have been blabbing about a snow/ice storm that is going to hit the state on Thursday, today. Most Okies usually take the weather people serious about 58% of the time. Unless it's tornado season. When it's tornado season you don't screw around. When the weather people are shouting (and they do shout on TV) your street as the next dropping point for that massive wall cloud; you move, you duck for cover. You don't mess around with tornadoes. However, all other weather matters are pretty much hit or miss with OKC's weather peeps. Well, this time they were right. An ice and snow storm hit my wonderful state early this morning. I woke up to find a thick sleet of ice on my driveway and street. I wasn't expecting a thick sleet of ice, even though I'd been warned all week. Obviously no one else was expecting ice, because this winter storm still does not have a name. This is odd because our news people love to be dramatic and name our storms. Seriously they do. Remember last year?

As an experience snow storm adult, I have to take proper precautions. This morning I was at work by 6:30am. I like to be out on the roads before all the crazy people. But this morning, I was not alone. There were lots of smart people out. We were all going a safe speed of 40, and remembering to leave plenty of space between each other. My theory is...arrive to work early and leave work early. Yet I remind you that I do not have a husband or a boyfriend. I have a father. One man in charge of three daughters and his wife. There is an unspoken rule that if you end up in a ditch, because of an ice or snow storm, your staying in the ditch. He is not driving 30 minutes to come rescue your sorry butt. Of course, I have never tested this unspoken rule so I cannot be certain he would just let me sit in a ditch. But there was this one time when my mom, Sister #2, and I ended up in a ditch because of snow. It was the week of Christmas and we were on our way to Arkansas. My dad was no help. He didn't even answer his phone when we called him 309 times. So yes, I guess I have tested this unspoken rule, and it is safe to say that my dad would probably let me stay in the ditch.

PS- The above picture was not taken today, or even in OKC. I'm just being a bit dramatic, kind of like our news media.

9 comments:

Chell said...

You left out that our weather people have also been known to shout out profanities when the tornadoes hit. LOL I was happy my boss said I could stay at home. I didn't argue.

Ally said...

Ok, I was really glad to read that wasn't a photo of the weather you were driving in because that looks AWFUL.

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Is is really THAT bad? Or were you just joking? I went out to get the paper and couldn't really tell anything except for a light dusting of snow on the ground...

OK Chick said...

This morning it was like driving on a sheet of ice. It's not the worst we've ever seen, but it's still not fun.
Chell- Yes, I wouldn't argue either. You are a lucky girl.

thisgirlsjourney said...

Ha ha, I think my dad would be the same. Luckily there is no chance of a snow storm in Auckland (if there was we have bigger things to worry about in the world I think).

I once broke down on a horrible hilly road from our beach house. I told dad that he needed to follow me home because my car had issues. He didn't listen. We waited on the side of the road for 5 hours or so with no cellphone reception (in the middle of hills) until finaly someone got hold of him and he came back over. I had to get towed at 10pm at night which was scary.

I got an AA membership after that, much easier than relying on dad.

Renee said...

If I were you I would put the number of a good tow service in your cell...just in case.
Here we kind of ignore the weather folks all the time because they're only correct about 2% of the time. They keep telling us that we'll get weather only for it to hit in a totally different part of the state or not at all. sigh! I've pretty much learned to just watch the skies myself.
oh and to not joke about the weather. My friend finally got the ice off her driveway from our last snow and we got hit again yesterday. luckily we didn't get that much and the sun is out again.

Amy in Edmond said...

I enjoyed staying home today. I read. Cooked for my family and finished one project I started 10 years ago. I will blog about it.

TC said...

You talk about tornadoes a lot, but I read the other day that my good neighbor, Minnesota, actually got more tornadoes in 2010 than OK did...

The Restaurant Manager said...

Just found your blog today. Can't remember the exact chain of blog I followed to get here.. but I'm glad I did!

Enjoyed the post!