Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Bad Weather - Poor Thinking

The unexpected snows last month brought about something I would never have envisaged. The snows began during the evening of Thursday 21st March. By the morning we were more or less snowed-in. What few cars there were crept along a main road now littered with abandoned cars parked oddly half-on and half-off the pavement. The buses were not running. I couldn't get to work. (No disappointment there - except that they are sure to dock me a day's pay.) On Saturday, some neighbours generously took it upon themselves to clear our road. I looked out of the window in the afternoon to find that there was now a completely snow-free strip in both directions past our house. The only problem was that when clearing the snow, the clearers had not thought too deeply about where to put the snow. Almost all the cars along our now clear road were wedged-in. This car was stuck until the following Wednesday when the owner swept the windscreen clear with a broom, rammed into the snow banks in front and behind a couple of times with not inconsiderable force before finally extricating himself. He then proceeded to drive off at speed down the road before doing an emergency stop almost immediately. At that point the snow left the car's roof and continued another 5-10 metres.