Everybody heard about the two days when the South went absolutely ape shit right?
Yeah, that one day where two inches of snow and ice pretty much shut everything down.
I will not make light of it, because it was really bad. So bad in fact, that I need to break it down into two posts.
What happened to most people, and then what happened to me.
Around 9am last Tuesday (2/28/2014 — a day that will live in Southern infamy), the snow began to fall. The weather forecasters had called for a dusting, so all schools and all businesses were open and running. So when it still hadn’t stopped snowing by, oh 1030, everybody decided to let the children out and for job-holding folks to go home. Not my work though.
It was also cold. Cold enough that when the snow hit the ground, it immediately turned to ice. People got stuck on highways. People slid into rivers. People slept in their cars, and they walked miles and miles just to get to their house.
Was just not a good situation. I live on a hill. A big one. Want to see what happened on this hill? Sure you do.
And this was just the hill on our street.
Yes, that is a log behind that car’s tire, just so it doesn’t slide back down the hill. And yes, that entire road? It’s one big sheet of ice. So imagine this being every road in Birmingham, and you can get the gist of what happened that day.
Also here are some obligatory house in snow and Stella in snow pictures.
Yes, that little bit of snow wreaked havoc on all of us down here. I also saw a bunch of stuff going around about the Northerners making fun of us for all of this happening, and a bunch of people trying to justify what happened.
It all boils down to not being prepared. FYI to most people; Birmingham is in Jefferson County. They were also the biggest municipality to declare bankruptcy before Detroit stole that crown. I’m sure the people were much more concerned with keeping the lights on, instead of stockpiling snow or sand or whatever it is that is stockpiled for the melting and treating of snow-covered roads.
It was just a bad situation all around. Most people that night were stranded and had to make do with what they had in their cars. I hope that at least most people can understand that these two days pretty were much hell down here, and not try to make light of us crazy Southerners.