Everyone pretty much knows by now what happened this week in Atlanta. It pretty much overwhelmed everything else. I’m lucky – I work from home full time and so didn’t have to deal with decisions of whether or not to risk the roads.
H, unfortunately, was one of the unlucky ones who got stuck in the mess. He left his office at 2, got stuck in a traffic jam for nearly 3 hours, decided to follow the advice of the folks on the radio who said to pull off the road and wait out the “worst of it”. He got back on the road a little bit before 7, worried that as the sun went down the roads would start to freeze again … and wound up stuck. He finally got home at 5:25 in the morning.
Needless to say my birthday week plans were cancelled. I started out feeling a bit whiney and pouty about it on Tuesday morning, but as the news reports came rolling in, I realized that my plans were nothing compared to the utter disaster that was unfolding in my town.
Sadly I have lost friends over this – something I still can’t believe. I had a few so-called friends from “up north” (one in Michigan in particular) who were especially rude, hateful, and callous about the situation. I finally lost it with being told repeatedly how stupid we all were for allowing ourselves to be shut down by “a couple of inches of snow”. I wound up blocking some people on FB for their complete ignorance – especially after one woman told me that she and her family had dealt with 2 months of much worse weather and she had “… no sympathy for you at all. The cold up here has frozen my heart.”
It shows me how pervasive the “Southerners are stupid” attitude is outside of the South. Not knowing how to drive on ice (which we get one or two days every few years) doesn’t make us stupid any more than not knowing how to swim makes someone stupid. If someone who couldn’t swim fell into the water and panicked, you wouldn’t stand there and roll your eyes at them and tell them they should just “deal with it”. But somehow Southerners who have no experience with ice are supposed to just magically know how to deal with it and drive on it, and if we don’t we’re a bunch of idiots.
Anyway, the last of the cars are finally being towed and restored to their owners, the ice is mostly melted except in the most shady spots, and things seem to be moving along again.
Things: Books & Movies & TV
- I just finished Joe Hill’s Horns: A Novel and loved it. I loved it more than NOS4A2, which was good but felt just a little too long to me. Horns was a perfect 1st person narrative; the ending wasn’t unpredictable but still gave you pause to think.
- I’m working my way through Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.). This is not a book to be read straight through as a single narrative; it’s a series of vignettes and individual remembrances. When you first start the book it’s easy to remember why so many people think Bourdain is a complete asshole – because, well, he is. But he’s also very self-aware and insightful and just plain damn funny.
- I just started watching True Detective on HBO. This is their new mini-series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two Louisiana State cops investigating a series of possibly occult-driven murders. It takes place in mostly rural Lousiana; the meat of the events occur in 1995, but are told in retrospective interview method from 2012 interviews with the now retired Harrelson and McConaughey. It’s really really well done. I caught up on the first three episodes on In-Demand and have added it to my DVR.
- I absolutely want to see The Grand Budapest Hotel when it comes out. Wes Anderson can be hit or miss for me, but the trailer for this looks fantastic and absolutely hysterical!
- This gave me a much needed giggle: A penguin slips on the ice and the rest respond! (video)
- How to open a bottle of wine w/out a corkscrew, using a shoe and a wall (video)
- This is a beautiful, short piece on doing the right thing: Always Go To The Funeral
- Making an ongoing DIY shopping list is a fantastic idea. I already did a master project list for the first part of the January cure, so I have a great head start on this.
- I’ve been running through this basic restorative yoga routine a couple of evenings per week and it feels awesome! So far it’s my favorite of the ones I’ve tried. (video)
- I absolutely love the Engineers Guide to Cats (video)