Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Forget Utilities, What About Seattle?
The nicest part of this video is the bit where some kind soul shares the theory and practice of tire chains with a benighted traveller:
If you have to drive in Seattle, don't despair. Driving in Portland would be SO much worse:
This particular one is from Seattle. I think they need pedestrian/snow insurance in Seattle:
You may be as confused as I at how they manage that. It turns out - they practice!
Well, that, and the little problem of the entire metro area having six snowplows or something. It really does get bad if the freeze lasts for more than a couple of days. Since the snow removal policy is to wait for a thaw, and because the ground temperature never really hits freezing, the ground pressure from vehicles causes the snow to melt on the roads, and re-freeze at night as a perfectly smooth sheet of ice. On day three, it's time to just put up hay bales at the end of your driveway and light a fire in the fireplace, 'cause if you go out you're going to get hit by somebody running bare radials on their Subaru...
A little bit of grit and salt goes a long way!
If all the households just had a bag or two of salt and sand, instead of videotaping the carnage they could run out there and throw a bit on the road. If they did that, at least it would be safe to walk on the sidewalks.
I am so happy I can work from home!
Teri, has White Salmon/Hood River unburied yet? If not, there's still time to go practice.
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