Just heard Atlanta's mayor say that when he shut down government because of the gnarly weather and roads all of the people were let go at THE SAME TIME!!! Yes, I freaked out. I know that they aren't familiar with this kind of chaos, but wouldn't common sense tell you to stagger release times? No wonder that they have roads serving as parking lots for 2 days(?), so far and nobody can get anywhere. With zero experience with this matter, I can't imagine why they didn't at least call somebody (a city of comparable size) for guidance. How embarrassing.
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
Yeah, it looks like it was a mess. I can relate.
Another factor is that when there is ice on the roads like that, you have little if any control over the car. You can be sitting still, yet slide off the road or into other cars. With numerous wrecked cars ahead of you, you are stuck waiting on police and tow trucks, except they can't get to you, because the roads are littered with traffic and wrecks. It's crazy.
Atlanta failed its citizens. I've been reading stories of folks there and in Birmingham helping each other - really heartwarming in the midst of such a crazy situation.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
Anyone live near Beverly Hills? Laurel Canyon? I was recently looking at some video footage of the area. I have been hearing about the drought. Man, it looks pretty green and luscious to me.