We have been snowed in here in the good ol' ATL since Tuesday afternoon. Yes, you read that correctly. I'm sure people living in Northern climates are having a good laugh at our silliness, because after all, it was only 3" of snow and the city went into full-fledged gridlock insanity. However, one thing to keep in mind before you slap your knee and cackle at our stupidity: this is "Hotlanta"! It snows here every few years and we've only had a major snow/ice event four times in my entire 33 years of living here. There was "SnowJam '82", the "Blizzard of '93", a severe ice storm in 1999, and in 2011, ice and snow shut the city down for almost a week solid because the snow kept melting and refreezing, creating an icy mess on the roadways. We have 30 salt/sand trucks for a city of 6 million people because snow is just not something we have to worry about very often. So it shouldn't be a total shock that 3" of snow can shut this puppy down within a matter of hours. However, Southerners are pretty good natured and can deal with some ribbing and laugh at themselves for the chaos and insanity. Atlanta, the setting of the AMC TV show The Walking Dead, seemed to look eerily similar to the promo images used by the network! Ya know, minus the zombies and plus the snow.
|Tuesday evening (image credit: @primetimeatl)|
|Wednesday morning (image credit: @primetimeatl)|
I am not home yet but I'm safe and warm. The nice South African lady who put me up for the night and I walked 2 1/2 miles to look at our cars at noon, but the hill on Northside Drive was still too icy. A kid drove by with a Georgia Tech license plate, and I waved him down. My daughter is a freshman at Tech, so I thought maybe he could drive me down to her dorm. Turns out he's a senior at Tech, but he wasn't headed down there. Just the same, he said I could hang with him for the time being. He then had the idea of taking me to the MARTA station at Medical Center, and so I rode it down to North Avenue. I'm now hanging with my daughter and her boyfriend in her dorm room, and her boyfriend said I could sleep on a futon in his dorm for the night. Then hopefully sometime tomorrow (Thursday) the ice will have melted enough on the hill where I'm stuck, my wife can drive down from Marietta and give me a lift, and all will be well!
|Abandoned cars and those trying to navigate around them Wednesday morning. (Image credit: CNN)|
I left the Capitol at 2:30 and, after 8 hours in the car and walking a mile or so, I made it to Publix at Northside Drive and West Paces Ferry. I slept at the Publix and their floor is really hard. First shift I slept on the floor on aisle 3 between the ladies feminine products and the greeting cards. I walked around the store at about 3:00 am to loosen up, and for the second shift, I moved over to aisle 5 and stretched out between the coffee display and the chow mein. What a night! I got a ride from a limo driver Wednesday afternoon and he dropped me off at Interstate 75 & Windy Hill and I walked home from there. Glad to be home.
What's your craziest snow story?