Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stop! In the Name of Snow...Before You Break My Car

This morning I drove this far, and no further. Our residential street hasn't been plowed at all this winter, and today's melting temperatures turned an already difficult-to-traverse road into a hill impossible to climb for my little car. To make matters worse, when I phoned AMA, a prerecorded message informed me that AMA would not be towing anyone stuck on one of Edmonton's side streets. I have to admit, that took me off guard - what am I paying my membership fees for, if not for situations like this? To be fair, they connected me with a towing company and told me to keep the receipt "for reimbursement at the AMA rate." Maybe they'll cover the whole cost, but it sounds more like I might get a small portion refunded.

I'm not going to slam the city for not having this street graded yet; after all, this is a record-breaking year for snowfall. Still, I hope the plows will get to my neck of the woods soon. Today I waited over six hours for a tow, messing up my workday and causing me to miss a meeting that I was looking forward to. Yes, I worked from home and phoned in for the meeting, but still.

I'm just glad this happened today and not yesterday, the biggest day of the year for folks working in politics. I would have hated to be stuck on the sidelines for that.


susan_rn92 said...

Did you have snow tires? Chains? Cat litter? How about living across the street from a school, or down the street from the mayor and the fire chief? Those things can help. It is decent that you can work from home.

"the Trouble Jeff Tribbles" said...

Proof that all politicians and political types are all the same:

"Associated Press
6:46 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2011
WASHINGTON | Heavy snow and icy roads Wednesday night created hazardous condition for President Barack Obama as he returned to the White House..."

The article goes on to explain how the Obama motorcade got caught in deep snow on the road, forcing the President to go home early.

Heck, I even have a picture somewhere with Earl and Obama in the same shot. Coincidence? I say it's just like the Trilateral Commission all over again. Smiley-faced emoticon goes here.