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9 inches of snow so far, 2-4 more to come, 30 mph winds gusting to 40. I just now found out that I'm stuck at work because my replacement is snowed in and can't get to work. This is the very definition of hell.

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beanbeans
Dec. 16th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Holy cannoli! You take care! Stuck at work is YUCK. :(
Can you get in a little writing time while waiting for it all to pass? Or do something else fun?

We've got a Winter Storm Warning posted for today. It's snowing like the dickens here, too, and we're predicted to get about 8" of snow over the course of the day, which will turn to freezing rain by tonight. Blech.

Here. I'm sending these kinds of thoughts, to cheer you up.:
http://images.google.com/images?q=tropical+beach&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title

Just imagine yourself in one of those places today. I know I am! :D

Edit: Here's another: http://www.landscapedvd.com/desktops/images/paradisestrand1280x1024.jpg

Edited at 2007-12-16 12:55 pm (UTC)
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Those pictures were great! There was a disturbing lack of bikini ladies in them, but a guy can't have everything. :-)

One thing about snow: any amount, even a bunch, is better than freezing rain. freezing rain on or under a large amount of snow is pretty much a worst case scenario, so I hope the storm for you ended up being one or the other, not both.

I only ended up working over about two hours. One great thing about our dispatch is that a lot of the dispatchers live in Albion, or very close to it. My relief lives about 14 miles away and couldn't make it in, but my boss is here in town and has a four wheel drive. He worked for a couple of hours after I left, and another dispatcher who lives in town came in to cover the rest of the shift. All three of us are on the volunteer fire department: most volunteers own four wheel drives, for obvious reasons. (I'm odd man out!)
curiouswombat
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
That's a bugger. I remember being in that situation when I worked in hospitals in the NE of England, and you just kept working because other staff couldn't get in, and even if they did, you couldn't get home. Definitely not a fun way to spend Sunday.
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
A lot of people in area hospitals, nursing homes and other 24 hour operations had to do that around here. In other cases four wheel drive SUV's were sent out to get the relief workers, but some of them got stuck, too. Once you get this much snow along with the wind, there's no truck that's guaranteed to be able to make it through.
spikeslovebite
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
snowed in way down in KOKOMO
well, i was complaining about this mess till i read your post. stuck at work is no fun!! thank god you got internets LOL
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: snowed in way down in KOKOMO
Yes, the internet is a lifesaver! Remember the cabin fever days when we'd get snowed in, and risked the possibility that we'd have to talk to each other? A fate worse than freezing. :-)
spikeslovebite
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: snowed in way down in KOKOMO
omg yes...i honestly have NO idea how my mom survived the blizzard of 79 with 5 kids and my dad
ozma914
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: snowed in way down in KOKOMO
I huddled in my room, writing the Great American Science Fiction Novel.
winsomeone
Dec. 16th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yikes. This post makes my whining about the tropical storm seem so very pathetic.
hangs head


This is the very definition of hell.


I think you've actually
surpassed
hell and are stuck in one of Dante's rings. :-(
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
The Seventh Ring, I believe ... the cold one.
It just goes to show -- there's no such thing as paradise, we all have our natural disaster and/or bad weather problems. I've always said it's better to be south because no one ever froze to death in a hurricane, but that doesn't mean I want to get blown into the next time zone!

Edited at 2007-12-18 12:53 am (UTC)
kazzy_cee
Dec. 16th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
*sends hot chocolate, a team of dogs and a sled*

Hope the storm passes soon!
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
yay, hot chocolate!
It took about a day and a half for the worst to be over, and now we're in the midst of the cleanup. you'd be surprised how much snow piles up when streets are being cleared, and how much sheer volume of snow is in a single drift. Which reminds me, I need to check and see if I can take another dose of Doan's Pills, yet ... I wish those dogs could use a shovel!
gillo
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yuck. That is horrible on so many levels. I hope you are at least warm and supplied with nourishment of some sort, including coffee. Keep safe yourself, Mark. I hope you get home before tonight, cos staying overnight at work is a whole new circle of Dante's.

{{{hugs}}}
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Actually, I stay overnight at work *every* night -- I work the night shift. :-) But I only had to stay over a couple of hours; of the 10 dispatchers, 4 of them live in town and another just a little ways out, so getting relief wasn't too much of a problem. Just the same, I'd brought a two day supply of food with me, just in case.

I'd almost have rather stayed there, considering how much shoveling I had to do just to get my car into the driveway! I have neither showblower or plow; doing my driveway is all hand shovel work. Every year I tell people I need it for winter exercise, and by every March I'm ready to sell a kidney to buy a snowblower.
adriana_is
Dec. 16th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
**pets you and hands you a HUGE mug of hot chocolate**

I am so sorry you're stuck at work... I hope it gets better soon.

ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
It's all better now, except for the backache. I'll cover *that* in a future column ... thanks for the hot chocolate! That makes everything better.
enigmaticblues
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
*sends warm thoughts your way*
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Exactly what I needed! And a snowblower.
kathyh
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That sounds awful. Sends thoughts of thaw and virtual warm drinks your way.
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
The hot chocolate was delicious!

The rest of it? Yeah, awful pretty much covers the last couple of days.
deborahw37
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Eeep! That's a lot of snow! Stay safe and warm and I hope you got home eventually
ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
I was only a couple of hours over at work ... I've racked up about six hours of shoveling, so far. I've been informed by my back that it *is* a lot of snow. :-(
yume_kokoro
Dec. 17th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Wow - I can't even imagine being surrounded by so much snow. I guess I better stop moaning about how cold it is outside at a paltry 40 something degrees outside. :)

Stay Warm!

ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
I'd kill for 40 something right now! It's -- let me check -- 17. Actually, the temp's been mild by Indiana snowstorm standards; we usually get bitterly cold right after a storm. Maybe it's because we're still early in the season, but I'd have expected single digit temperatures.

Early in the season -- gah!!!!
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ozma914
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Everyone else has been offering hot chocolate, but you pulled out all the stops. I can't drink alcohol at work, of course ... luckily I'm home now. But I haven't had a drop of alcohol in years, so I'll limit myself to one small shot or I'll end up weaving into the Christmas tree. :-)
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