Ya know, the same thing happens to my physical fitness plans. I can ride a bike, lift weights, run, use an exercise DVD, whatever... every day... and then I miss a day... and then I miss the next one... and the next.
Hmmm, there is a definite pattern here.
Last Wednesday night we got together for dinner with some of the other people who also work as attendants at Kinney Bungalow (for weddings and similar events) at Shelter Harbor Inn. a lovely country inn, filled with antiques, with a number of dining rooms of various sizes.
(Those of you who are X-Files fans will probably recall that Mulder's family had a summer house in Quonochontaug, RI. and the closing episode of season three was set there.)
Thursday is when it snowed and the Providence area roads and highways ended up in total gridlock.
You have to understand that Rhode Islanders are still traumatized by "The Great Blizzard of 1978" when a Nor'easter with blizzard force winds dumped huge amounts of snow on the state -- between just over two feet to more that three feet, depending on location -- and the entire state was brought to a halt for three days. Thus, any weather forecast of a winter storm can still empty supermarket shelves of bread and milk. The problem was the storm hit after the workday had already begun, so that when people realized how heavy the storm was becoming, businesses began to close and send employees home, all at about the same time. Highways filled with rush hour volumes of traffic. Snowplows could not get through the traffic to clear the snow. The snow got deeper and the winds blew it into deep drifts and cars became stuck in the snow. Many drivers, stuck in the gridlocked traffic, kept their engines running for warmth. Some ran out of gas. People began to abandon their cars and set out on foot, some walking the rest of the way home, some seeking shelter in hotels, the homes of friends, public buildings, bars and restaurants, anywhere out of the storm. The snow-clogged highways were blocked by hundreds upon hundreds of abandoned vehicles.
I had turned on the TV to for the eleven p.m. local news to catch the weather forecast and most of the program was taken up with the traffic gridlock. People were not happy. I turned to Nancy and said "Heads are going to roll."
The front page of this morning's Providence Journal carried the headline "Casualty of the storm" over a news report that the governor had just fired the Director of the state's Emergency Management Agency. That was the first head rolling but it won't be the last. The politicians are going to be throwing more management level employees out the window out of fear that the voters may decide to throw out some incumbent politicians next election cycle.
We had another storm on Sunday -- snow, sleet, freezing rain -- Jill had to be at work at five a.m. (to do the baking -- she works in the bakery dept. in a supermarket -- and Jeremy had to be at work (in a restaurant) by eight a.m. Everything was a frozen mess. Fortunately there were almost no other cars on the road at all then (although Jill said she was driving sideways for a while because of deer in the road).
And how's the weather been in your neighborhood?