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Dumb Things People Do Volume V: Leaving The House When You Should Stay Home

June 24, 2011 · 14 comments

in Dumb Things People Do

(I wrote this post in February and never actually scheduled it for some reason. So, when you read references to snow and bad weather, don’t think I moved to the Arctic or something.)

I have a confession to make. The star of this ‘dumb things’ post is me.

But I do have an excuse…it was for the sake of a child! Well, a teen…

So it had been snowing all afternoon, but believe it or not, the weather forecasters didn’t act like it was any big deal. My oldest son had been dealing with the stomach bug C. Diff for 2 days and he was stricken with a craving for a sandwich from Jimmy John’s. He hadn’t eaten anything other than chicken noodle soup for about 36 hours, so I thought a bland turkey sandwich might do him some good.

I went out to the garage and started backing the car up, doing my best to avoid the other car that was parked in the driveway. Well, I tried a little too hard to avoid the car because I over-corrected and ended up getting stuck in some high snow on the opposite side of the driveway. I then got out of the car to shovel out, and I fell in the snowbank- I hope nobody was watching as I am sure I looked pretty ridiculous. I dug and dug, but that car was not going anywhere. Determined to get the sandwiches (I had pre-ordered, and 4 sandwiches were paid for and waiting for me), I left my car where it was, brushed the other car off that was sitting in the driveway, and drove off to Jimmy Johns.

Things didn’t get any easier once I got down the driveway. Since our city is broke, the roads are barely ever plowed anymore. It turns out we had about 4 inches of new snow accumulation. Since my house is downhill, it was a tough go getting up the hill to get out of the subdivision. After some careful driving, I finally made it out to the main roads.

The main roads were not the best, but at least I wasn’t at risk of getting stuck every time I slowed down. I got to Jimmy Johns without incident (it was only 1.5 miles away), and finally got back home. Of course, I almost got stuck doing the sharp turn heading back into my driveway, especially since my car that was stuck was jutting way out. As I was pulling in, I looked down at the end of our cul-de-sac and my neighbor was also stuck in his driveway. It was not a good night, but as horrible as it sounds, I found comfort that I was not alone!

Needless to say, the sandwiches were good, but it was definitely foolish of me to even think about leaving the house. I just had no idea the roads were in such poor condition. The snow had stopped hours before, so I honestly didn’t even think about the roads being so bad when I ordered the food.

How was your driving this past winter?

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Barb Friedberg June 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’ve gotten kind of lazy… I telecommute and like to stay indoors in inclement weather. Of course,I go out to work at the coffee shop when I get cabin fever.

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Suba June 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Living in CA this is one perk we have. There is no day of the year that we have a weather that won’t allow us to drive. Well, there are days that we shouldn’t drive because of the traffic, but generally no problem due to the weather. People here are scared of the rain and the traffic irritates the hell out of me. So I won’t drive unless I know there won’t be much traffic.

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101 Centavos June 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

We have our share of harsh weather each winter, dosed out in one to three separate blasts. Driving conditions are especially hazardous since drivers are not especially experienced or geared up for severe winter driving. I have a great deal of admiration for people that deal with this week in week out. Still, you shoulda stayed home. 🙂

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The Biz of Life June 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

I tend to stay home when the weather is bad until I know the roads are clear…… The snow usually doesn’t stick around for very long in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Crystal @ BFS June 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

We don’t get snow down here in Houston very often, so the only inclement weather we avoid driving in is heavy thunder storms and hurricane-like winds. If it was raining really hard, I would have called Jimmy John’s back and asked for delivery and tipped WELL, lol (at least the ones here deliver…sorry if they don’t for you…).

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sliding glass doors July 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I have a great deal of admiration for people that deal with this week in week out. Still, you should stayed home. Thanks for sharing you devastating day in your article..

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Texas home builder July 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hi, truly nice share. There are days that we shouldn’t drive because of the traffic, but generally no problem due to the weather. People here are scared of the rain and the traffic irritates the hell out of me. So I won’t drive unless I know there won’t be much traffic. Thanks for sharing this blog..

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Kris July 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

THB- I am sick of traffic too, and I am glad to be getting a break from driving in bad weather too.

Thanks for visiting.

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kitchen countertops July 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

There is no day of the year that we have a weather that won’t allow us to drive. Driving conditions are especially hazardous since drivers are not especially experienced or geared up for severe winter driving.Great content Thanks!!!

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number beads July 18, 2011 at 4:40 am

Heather, I think it is against the law to hold a child on your lap in the backseat. If it isn’t against the law, it should be. (This was a toddler mind you.) I would think the third child would have been buckled in the backseat and mom could ride in the front. (Leave the dog at home.)

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advertising your home July 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

When severe weather hits the country the advice is always not to travel. Staying curled up safe in our igloos isn’t always practical though, so we need to make absolutely sure that we’ve prepared ourselves and our cars before we head out.In extreme weather conditions most of us encounter driving situations that are unfamiliar to us. Thanks for sharing a devastating story…

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Kris July 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

The things is, I didn’t realize how awful it was, I was pretty clueless. However, once the car got stuck, that should have been my cue to just give up. But my son was so sick and was finally hungry that I just did it anyway. Pretty dumb actually.

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investment company September 3, 2011 at 12:29 am

Great content ..thank you for sharing this,,

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