so. i got to work fine yesterday. gave myself two and one half hours to get the car brushed clean of snow and the parking space shoveled so that i could get out. of course, there was a shark waiting for the spot. drove the speed limit as it was not snowing at the time. found an empty, snow free spot on a side street and ended up getting to work about an hour early so i sat in the car listening to some music. 15 minutes later, it starts to hail. so, i headed in to work so that the dayshift folk could get out of dodge before it got any worse outside….
then, overnight, the doc, the assitant and i watch as the snow falls heavy. unbelievable. it kept snowing up until about 3am. both did their best to shovel the front of our place of business and their cars as well. my car was a block around the corner…
the dayshift, superstars that they are, all arrived pretty much on time. some buses weren’t running, trains were delayed, but everyone who had to make it in, did. kudos to the day shift…you rock!
so. off i head to my car hoping and praying that they shoveled the street so that i could drive home. clearing side streets are low priority…it’s the main roads they clean first. sure enough, though, the road had been ploughed but my car was buried in about one and a half feet of snow plus what the plough pushed at its side. i don’t know how long it took me to clear my car and the space that surrounded it of snow, but somehow i did it, and was able to drive off. almost got stuck mid block because the idiots out in the morning with the sole purpose of digging out their cars (even though they weren’t going anywhere) were shoveling the snow out into the ploughed street.
for the life of me, i can’t understand why folks do this.
people of new york city: you can’t complain that your street wasn’t ploughed because when it is, you friggin’ throw the snow from off your cars and driveways out into the middle of it. IDIOTS!
so. in case you aren’t keeping count, i’ve removed snow from my car and shoveled out of parking spots twice now…this am, after a 12 hour overnight shift.
i drive too cautiously and too slow in bad driving conditions (eye roll here). this is why i don’t feel too sad when i see SUVs on their hoods or on their sides littering the shoulder. you deserve it tough asses. needless to say, the drive on the belt parkway was harrowing. EVERYONE and granny passed me, spewing dirty snow on my windshield. they passed on the left and right. going the speed limit in any state in this U S of A is just asking for trouble.
anyhow, so i finally turn off on the exit towards home and spend at least 40 minutes to 1 hour driving around looking for suitable parking. YEA RIGHT! again, the idiots are throwing snow in the middle of the road. again, i almost get stuck. again i curse the sky and wonder what i did wrong this time. by this time, i’m tired…hungry…and a little loopy due to lack of sleep. i eventually find a spot about 8 blocks away from my apt that doesn’t require an hours worth of shoveling…so off i go again with my trusty shovel and clear a parking spot for myself. i pull in and walk the 8 blocks home. stop off at the wonderful bagel place and get a bagel and coffee…because i damned well earned it and burned those calories at least 3 times over in the past 24 hours.
i got home at 12:15pm. i was up about 20 hours.
i took a couple of pics with the phone to document the madness that is snow in brooklyn. take a look:
my block and why i don’t park here. folks will leave their car buried here so they won’t lose the parking spot since alternate side will most likely be suspended for another few days.
again, why i don’t park here. this is not my car and i’m grateful for that!
this is snow that has been shoveled from the sidewalk onto the car. nice huh?!
ah, the beauty of snow 😐