I don’t know how many inches of snow fell on the Upper Perogie Belt yesterday and last night, but it was a lot. When I got out of bed Thursday morning, it was dumping something like an inch per hour. It was crazy.
Toney and I watched the news, and they said it wouldn’t stop until around 2 a.m. Then they showed live shots of Interstate 81, and it was snow-covered, and nearly abandoned.
Funk dat, I said. I called work (they’d already called me twice about other things), and told them I wouldn’t be in. I have a 40 mile trek, and my inner-sensors told me it would be foolish to attempt it. Especially if it was going to continue snowing. It would probably be a two-hour sphincter-bruising ride both ways.
I could tell they weren’t very happy, because I was complicating things for them. But, I’m not going to be stranded in Rusted Trumpet, Pennsylvania, during the middle of the night. Ya know? I’d just remain in this chair, ‘neath a comfy blanket, thank you very much.
The younger boy and I went out around 2 in the afternoon and shoveled. There was a lot of snow, but it was the light and fluffy kind, so it wasn’t so bad. We cleaned off all three cars, and cleared the driveway and sidewalk. It was a 90 minute odyssey, but we left it a true thing of beauty.
I decided to do a beer ‘n’ chips run, and Toney told me I was crazy. But once I got out of our neighborhood, the roads were in decent shape. The beer store, however, was closed. I guess they’d opted for the comfy blanket, too? Pussies.
So, I had to settle for an overpriced grocery store 12-pack. Oh well. I also purchased green and orange bags of Lay’s chips. Buy one, get one free — at twice the regular price! Awesome.
We had chili for dinner, and I invited everyone to watch The Hammer with me, afterward. It’s an indie film Adam Carolla made a few years ago. I saw it, back when I still got DVDs from Netflix, and it was surprisingly good. So, I bought a copy for something like $2.42, through Amazon Marketplace.
Toney graciously declined, but the boys and I watched it. It’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s entertaining. He’s working on a new movie now, about a standup comedian who had a sitcom, but was forced to hit the road again after it was canceled, and money got tight. It will at least be well-written, I know.
Carolla is a polarizing figure, but I think he’s hilarious. I also admire his work ethic, and willingness to try almost anything. For instance, he’s nearly finished with a serious documentary about Paul Newman’s racing career. He has no business making documentaries… but is doing one anyway. And it’ll probably be pretty damn good. The guy is fearless, and works his ass off.
Anyway, we watched the movie, and I climbed atop the platform around 11:30. And during the night I received several frantic texts from people at work, asking if they could go home, without being penalized. “There’s eight more inches, just since we got here!” one of the messages read. But I didn’t answer them, ’cause I was in bed, snug and warm and clear-cutting timber. Heh.
According to this article, there’s at least a small amount of snow on the ground in every state, except Florida. Were you part of this week’s storm of the century? Was it better or worse than last week’s? Did it cause you any trouble (like it did in North Carolina)? Please tell us about it, won’t you? Use the comments link below.
And I’ll see you guys again soon.
Have yourselves a fine day!