Ice storm last night. Fortunately is did not hit until after the Cincinnati rush hour was long past. Even the threat of ice caused huge wrecks and pile ups on the urban grid. I live well south, in a rural area but access my place by I-75. Even out here it is not unusual to have 30-40 car pileups that block the highway for half a day or longer. I occasionally must take backroads to avoid these long thin parking lot senerios.
It is one of the reasons I advocate sheltering in place in disasters, unless the disaster presents a direct and immidiate threat. I picked my place on purpouse for this. We have a prevailing wind system that blows from SW to NE. Both highway and railroad are north and east of me. Derailings/wrecks on highway with chemical spills and evacuation should spread their terror in the opposite direction. I live on the lake that supplies water to the entire county and I have a 2000 gallon cistern, so water should never be a problem. My only real concern is the big nuke facility in Peducah, KY, west of me and in my weather pattern.
Anyway, we have a government weather alert that reccomends staying off the roads for 24 hours. The only traffic allowed is emergency vehicles.
Of course the local ADHD brigade is out in force. These people would EXPLODE if they had to stay home for more than 2 hours at a time. They will gladly pay the fine if ticketed and feel no one has the right to make them stay at home. They are sliding sideways and crashing throught the fence rows and just keep trudging along on their mandatory and completely essential third emergency trip to Walmart of the day. These are the people that will be killing folks for a gallon of gas come TEOTWAWKI. Mad Max in the flesh! They are addicted to moving constantly and the Arab oil sheiks love them.
They have had their house up for sale for almost a year, not because they can not afford their house, but due to not being able to afford the gas they are burning running back and forth to town 6 or 8 times daily. 3 gallons per trip, $3+ per gallon and 3 trips a day = $756 per month in gas, and they are topping this number on a regular basis.
As for me, I have sprinkled some salt on the sidewalk, just to say I did so, and so I can get to the mailbox latter in ther day. I have plenty of cleaning and projects saved just for this occasion. I can keep myself occupied for the remainder of the day and not go out until tomorrow for my weekly trip to church. If things have not imporved by tomorrow I am sure the Lord will understand if I remain home and safe.
I have enough food to last till summer, 10 pounds of coffee in reserve, heating fuel for 5 weeks and apparently I an a very boring person and have the paitence of Job.
Come to the dark side, we have cookies!