Snow an personal responsibility? rant

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by rebelcowboysnb, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

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    What happened to personal responsibility?

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    I dont live or work anywhere near Atlanta but.... I know it takes over 4 hours on a good day for for all the 9 to 5ers to get out of that city. I know Atlanta has no real winter equipment. I also knew 2 days before this hit that Atlanta was getting an ice storm.

    How is it the mayors fault you are stuck in a storm?

    How about "I crewed up." What happened to owning up to the choices you make.. Why is it the governments fault? You know as much as they do.



    I was out in the snow my self. I was out helping people an I was out playing. In one of those trips I wrecked my truck when I was playing around..

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    I caught it on video. My first though was how stupid that was an then how funny that would be on youtube. Never crossed my mind to blame someone else for not telling me to stay home. I knew I would probably hit a ditch or two. I knew I was on my own. I had warm clothing to walk home in. I had a extra can of gas. I would have taken food if I was going to far to walk home.

    How hard is it to be responsible your your self? Really?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I agree with you, but I have the 'Boy Scout' mentality or so my wife says.
     
  3. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Reb, I swear, some people seem to use their brains for nothing more than to keep their ears from banging together. I don't know what was forecast for Atlanta, but we knew what was coming to us well in advance, too. They made the decision to close the schools by the time the kids came home Monday afternoon, when the temperature was still in the 60's. Turns out, they probably would have been safe enough holding school on Tuesday, because we only had a few very light sprinkles before about 4:00. On Monday, there were trucks putting down deicing solution on the main roads. By the time it really started coming down late on Tuesday, the temperature was low enough that even a solid layer of salt wouldn't have done any good.

    My husband got hit with this same sort of mindset yesterday. The owner of a couple of small shopping centers called him Tuesday morning to ask him to put salt down on the parking lots. To me, he said, "it would have been nice if he'd given me an idea that he'd want that on Monday, when there was still some salt to be bought . . . ." Hubby called around, found someone who still had some for sale, hauled it over to the shopping centers, and spent a good part of the day putting it out. Wednesday morning, he got a call from the owner, who had gotten complaints from the tenants in at least one of the stores to the effect that, "I don't know what that guy was throwing around in the parking lot, but it made it very slippery for the customers by late afternoon." No thought that the icy precipitation might be what they were slipping on - oh no! - it's the stuff that the landscaper was putting out that is causing them to slip![​IMG]
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Wow. I would have never even thought about salting a lot. I mean I put wood chips on my steps cause they are slick when nothing else is but I would assume anyone that drove to the lot would know it was slick by then an know why...

    I have to say I am not happy about how they handled school here. They did not send them home or hold them out, they just cancelled buses for the evening an stuck parents finding a way to get their kids. SO stepped up an were busing kids home in hummers though. Us being in the mountains, they should call off school if anyone even thinks snow. But Parents are the ones that sent them to school knowing better.
     
  5. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been thinking pretty much the same thing since all this occurred. Even I knew it was going to hit Atlanta and I'm in Virginia!

    I understand they're not used to getting ice and snow so I've wondered if they thought it was going to be all great fun and a snow day off without any thought as to what would it would do to the roads. Ice is tricky, tricky stuff and you have to always think that snow will bring it otherwise you're screwed. I'm guessing that's what happened.

    As far as going in to work and to school, there are times you just say NO and stay home no matter what work or school says. We had to do that a few times when I was a kid and I've done it as an adult. If you go out knowing a mess is on the way then you have no one to blame but yourself when you're stuck out in it.

    Fingers crossed that people learn from this and are better prepared next time.
     
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Be ready for next weekend everyone.

    Models are not agreeing but they all say hold on to your hat already at 10 days out.....

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  7. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Just finished watching your video. Glad you didn't get too far from home before you hit the ditch. Appears the snow hit the road, melted, refroze and is solid ice. No one can drive in that stuff.

    And don't feel bad about wrecking so close to home. I once did $1,600. damage in our own driveway. Yep - ICE. Had the kids in the car [in their appropriate seats, of course] and was slowly going down the drive as I knew it was solid ice. Well, daughter in the back seat lets out a huge SHRIEK and I turned my head to look at her over my right shoulder. When I turned my head, my hands also turned and I slid off the drive - into our woods - and the car jumped up onto a small stump that my husband had cut off at an angle. The stump actually impaled my transmission. I got off the stump and made it to the babysitters, bleeding a red transmission fluid path on the snow without knowing it. Argggghhhh!

    Best of all, WHY did daughter scream?? Her hair was caught in the seat belt. Sheesh . . .
     
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Thats actually some of the best traction I have had in a snow storm in years. Ours is always just ice, so snow on top was rather nice. I just let it get away from me. I ant worried though, I think its funny.

    Looking at how many views it is getting on youtube, I now wish I had a dash camera back when I was younger an dumber. If I had some of those crashed on video I would be rich...
     
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Found this on facebook an thought it said a lot.

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  10. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Wow, I didn't realize thing were that bad in the south. While I'm in school, news just doesn't make it into my everyday activities! LOL

    We have had a LOT of snow here in upstate NY. However, this area is incredibly efficient at clearing the snow and there is so much salt residue on the roads, that hardly anything sticks. Not quite the same in NJ. After having to drive for hours through terrible storms and roads that had not been plowed, I never want to do that again if I don't have to! Part of the reason I moved to an apartment only three minutes from my school. Though I definitely expected the winter here to be a lot worse. I'm still looking forward to warmer weather though.
     

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