(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?