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White Is in the Winter Night...
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I think a reasonable person would believe that a four hour Wills and Trusts exam would definitely be the low point of the day. Turns out that the reasonable person would be dead wrong (take that, legal standards)! After getting my apartment together, I decided to head back to my parents'. It's normally about a two and a half hour drive, maybe a bit more. Not today.

First, there was an accident right after where I get on the interstate, so I had to backtrack and take another route to get on after. (Did I mention I decided to start at 6PM? Right in the middle of rush hour.) That probably adds about half an hour. Then traffic is heavy for a long time. I had planned on getting an espresso machine last week, but my mom's fall messed that up. I stopped in the Starbucks that's pretty much at the midpoint. The good news was that it was 20% off, plus it already been marked down and I got another 10% off with my card. When it was all said and done, I got the espresso machine, an accessories package (thermometer, steaming pitcher, etc), and a bottle of syrup for about 42% of the entire retail cost of the machine. (And that's including tax.) The barista was more exited than I was, because they apparently get rewards for selling stuff. Cool.

They got it all together and one of the guys gave me a crash course in making drinks (hint: always keep the milk steamer toward the top of the milk to aerate it because it's gross otherwise and always make the espresso immediately before adding it to the milk, because it has a very short life and turns bitter very quickly). That probably took about half an hour.

When I went in Starbucks, I noticed it was possibly starting to snow. When I came out, it was definitely snowing. It was a wet, packing snow and heavy enough to really mess with visibility. Plus, they weren't working the roads, so it was a mess. (There were a couple of times where I felt like I lost contact with the road.) What made it bad was the heavy traffic. What made it worse were the big trucks who were driving recklessly. I know they're loaded heavy and I know they have to get a run for the hills, but if they're almost running over cars to get them out of the way, it's a problem.

To give you an idea of how bad it was, it took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to travel about sixty miles on the interstate. If you figure that you're going 60MPH, that it would take about an hour. I usually keep it around 80, except in construction zones (the speed limit in Kentucky is 70 on interstates and if you're stopped going ten miles or less on the interstate in a rural area, you can't get points). So, it should have taken less than an hour, definitely.

At some points, I was going 25-35MPH. I drive a lot and I'm pretty confident, but this was pretty bad. I wasn't scared, but I really wasn't enjoying it.

Anyway, since a picture's worth a thousand words, here's what my car looked like when I got home:

Here's a close-up of the mirror. See how thick the snow is?

(And yes, it's an SUV. And while it's not so good for the environment, it's pretty useful if you work around animals and need to go off the paved road on a regular basis. For what it's worth, I'm definitely looking into getting a hybrid when I replace it.)

If you're wondering, the title's from this song from Enya's Christmas album. It played several times on the way home, because I had just downloaded it and was listening to my "Recently Added" playlist on my iPod and was too focused on the road to look down to change it. I kinda like it.

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It's worse because we're never really prepared for bad weather that reminds me that here winter every year comes so unexpectedly for the city authorities that every snow fall causes giant traffic jams :)

Thank you!!!

It's just funny to me, because while we don't get bad weather frequently, we do get it at least once or twice a year. Why on earth don't they have a plan in place for it?

Driving home that night, I was honestly thinking that I should figure out exactly who was in charge of making sure the roads were worked and make campaign donations to their opponents next election, regardless of party. :-)

Did you have a good birthday?

Probably they also hope that bad weather won't happen this year :)

Yeah, I've got very warm congrats from my colleagues at work. They even gave me a book about Japan (I have the reputation, huh :) ). And I'll celebrate my b-day with different friends today in the evening and tomorrow and on thirsday and on friday :))

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