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Posted on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Dave!Today was a whirlwind of pain and suffering.

Okay, not really... but it was a very difficult day. After a night of absolutely no sleep, I had to be ready for a trip to Seattle at 6:00am. Fortunately, I wasn't driving, so at least the danger of me passing out and causing a twenty-car pileup on the highway was lessened by 74%. The drive over the mountain passes was mostly uneventful. A lot of rain, but clear sailing from start to finish.

After nine hours of work, it was time to turn around and go back home.

To say road conditions had changed would be a massive understatement.

The snow was dropping so heavily that you could barely see the road. Let alone the cars in front of you...

SnowInTheHeadlights.jpg

Despite chains or all-wheel drive being required, I counted two semi-trucks skidded into the ditch, a half-dozen accidents, and police cars everywhere. As we got across the pass, we saw that the East-bound lanes had all been closed...

PolicePassClosure.jpg

Since it's kind of hard to tell what's going on in that photo... it's a police car closing the road with miles and miles of traffic stacked behind him. Since there's no way to turn around and go back, all the people in that line would just have to sit there until the pass re-opens, which was probably hours.

Anyway...

Made it home safely, where I promptly took some sleeping pills and climbed into bed.

Then remembered I hadn't blogged, so I climbed back out of bed and wrote this. You are welcome!

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Comments

  1. Sybil Law says:

    Aww – I’m just glad you got some sleep! You definitely win the most devoted blogger award!!

  2. Danielle Daniels says:

    And for all your efforts of getting out of bed to write for your audience, THANKS!

  3. This is why I live in FLORIDA!!! No snow.

  4. ourladybeth says:

    Reason #6,941 I don’t live farther north in this hemisphere than where I am: Winter. Yep, I’ll take redneck Arkansas over frozen toes any day and, coming from me, that’s a huge admission. I have *got* to find a way back to the equator.

    PS – I envy your blog-ethic. I would have stayed in bed.

  5. Heather says:

    David home safe and sound, good. I wanted to drive back home last night. No night driving for awhile for me. An elk incident and friendly warning advice was appreciated and followed.

  6. Sarah says:

    Please drive safe now that it’s officially winter with like snow and stuff.

  7. bean says:

    I know you have your phone mounted on your dashboard somehow to take pictures while you’re driving, but in conditions like that, how do you actually manage to frame the shot and press the button to take the picture without crashing?

  8. Suebob says:

    That trapped on a mountain pass in the snow thing? Pretty much my worst nightmare.

  9. the muskrat says:

    I would have given blogging the bird after a day like this. Of course, I give blogging the bird a lot of days.

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