Snow does not equal the apocalypse

Today, I was talking to someone originally from NYC and we were saying we did not agree with the schools closing 2 hours early today. We were mentioning that where we are from, they would never even delay schools for things that Maryland schools close for. And they wouldn’t close stuff before it actually happened. They wouldn’t shut down for something that might occur.

Someone (who has obviously lived in MD all her life) overhead us talking and was getting so defensive and saying that Maryland does not have barely any resources and that people’s and schools’ vehicles are much more well-equipped to handle the snow in Ohio (where I used to live). They are?! Do people in other states have cars with heated tires that melt the snow as they drive? Do the school buses there have magical wings that appear when flakes come down from the sky? I was not aware of this.

When I pointed out to her that people drive the same vehicles, she then said “Well, but we don’t have as many people working on the roads compared to where you’re from”. Actually, I think it’s the opposite. In Maryland, there are trucks that wait on the side of the road for hours before it snows. And not only do the majority of the roads get treated, but they usually get treated pretty quickly after the weather starts. In Ohio, there were a lot of roads that never got treated. I’m not just talking about dinky little country roads, either. But people just dealt.

Then she said since we are not used to the snow in Maryland, it’s natural that we act this way. Okay, it does snow less than what I’m used to but it’s definitely not a rare occurrence. People should not freak out with light snow.

I’m not saying that schools never close in other parts of the country. It just takes a lot more. And I’m not saying not to be careful. That’s actually totally what I’m saying. Don’t stay inside and avoid the outside world. Just live your life normally but slow down a little and be a little cautious. Don’t freak. That’s what causes more accidents. And people who know me realize I have some anxiety issues so for me to say to calm down and stop panicking, you know that those people have to be pretty bad, haha. I think freaking out makes it worse because I get stuck behind these people who keep slamming on their brakes for no good reason, which causes me to have to avoid hitting them and the person behind me has to the same. And this could cause accidents that wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t overreact.

And what is up with the milk and toilet tissue thing? I still don’t understand it to this day.  I remember one day  I went to the store and it was a madhouse in there. I didn’t know why. The refrigerator had almost no milk left. I didn’t know what was going on. Then I found out that it was supposed to snow the next day, which it didn’t. And the forecast only called for a “light dusting”, yet these people were still freaking. I think people should all buy booze before a “snow storm”. I mean, if you’re going to be “trapped inside”, you might as well get drunk.

Oddly enough, a lot of people in Maryland seem to be too chill when it comes to freezing rain. Freezing rain is something I will not drive in because I can’t. And no, sleet is not the same thing as freezing rain. Freezing rain leaves a coat of solid ice on the ground. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, you can barely even back out of a parking spot without hitting something. I mean, you can’t even walk. Yet, a lot of Baltimoreans just seem to be like “Eh” when it happens. Then when the roads clear, I’ll see all these cars on bridges that ran into the walls and were stuck there. Seems like people need to reverse their thinking.

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10 Comments to “Snow does not equal the apocalypse”

  1. Since I live in Ohio…
    hahah! We get three flakes of snow and they cancel school here in Columbus. We hardly see snow, but when we do, people freak out. It’s ridiculous. Inclement weather in almost any climate typically brings out some doom and gloomers. Channel 4 here makes it a major news story that we might have black ice on sidewalks tomorrow morning because OMG it’s drizzling and it will be below freezing. Now Chicago, 5 feet of snow in a blizzard wouldn’t stop them. *nod* 🙂

  2. Re: Since I live in Ohio…
    Really? That’s odd! I guess Dayton/Cincinnati is a lot different than Columbus.
    Then again, they are a few hours apart.
    Gotta love the major news stories local stations have. Like when they go into some random parking lot and go “Look, it’s starting to snow. (One flake drops). You heard it here first on channel 9 action news!”
    *shakes head*

  3. Re: Since I live in Ohio…
    Channel 4 Storm Team with “Live Titan Radar” or whatever it’s called… we have “Arctic air” moving in over us. *rolls eyes*
    http://weather.nbc4i.com/
    The funny thing is the CBS affiliate, Channel 10, made a big deal about how they don’t turn the weather into an OMG SNOW! THUNDERSTORMS! TORNADO WATCH! We’re going to die!!!!1!!11!! emergency. They kill me.
    I was cracking up at the toilet paper and milk observation you made. Generally, it’s because people don’t want to have to go to the store in the middle of a slight breeze. Bread, too. I’m all for the alcohol. Stay home and toasty. 🙂

  4. Re: Since I live in Ohio…
    “Wind chills will be 10 to 20 below zero this weekend. ”
    I feel you for this weekend!

  5. Re: Since I live in Ohio…
    Hell, I don’t even have the heat on! Remember, I’m from Chicago, I’m used to this stuff. Ice water flows in my veins. 🙂
    Congrats on your promotion, btw!

  6. Re: Since I live in Ohio…
    Thanks, babe!

  7. We get enough snow that you’d think Marylanders could learn how to drive in it! :/

  8. UB, at least, closes for nothing (practically).
    It sucks in that way, but makes me a smidge more hopeful that *at least a handful* of Marylanders don’t channel Chicken Little when it snows.

  9. Hahaha chicken little.
    Well, that sucks if they barely ever close. I mean, it is necessary sometimes. I just think most places overdo it. But that’s bad if UB is like that especially since it’s not like UB is a school where most of the students just live on campus.

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