January 19, 2005
Oh No!!!

[Enter, if you dare, the mind of a Beltway Commuter as they look out their office window...]

"What?!? What is going on here?!? There's this... stuff... I don't know, it's like, like that other scary stuff that falls from the sky, that gets me wet and makes me drive five miles an hour on the freeway and slide into other cars anyway.... but this... this is... frozen!!! My God! It's white... frozen stuff!!! And it's falling from the sky!!! I have to drive home right now!

Good thing I have my ChevroFord ExpidientRammer SUV! Why, I'll be able to drive right home just like nothing is wrong. Hey, I'll even be able to speed a little bit. The salesman said that 'four-double-yoo-dee" button on my dash meant I could go anywhere I wanted!

At least until I get on the highway. Then I'll be sure to drive 5 mph again. All that salt might scratch the paint!"

Yep, it's snowing outside. As the lemmings confront a sky that actually is falling on them, our commute will extend from its normal 35 minutes to perhaps 2-3 hours. We'll let you know how many "dead-bug" SUVs we see upside-down on the median as we head home.

Last year the record for a single snow was 14 SUVs.

Posted by scott at January 19, 2005 12:50 PM

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My commute (started in north DC, then the beltway, then 267) only had one smashed Ford Mustang [hmmm - huge (well, Ford thinks it's huge...) amounts of horsepower and tires sans tread, a recipe for success...] and a smashed mini-van [no relationship between the two].

Posted by: ron on January 19, 2005 03:12 PM

Scott -

I counted 4 in the median of I-66 between the 234 bypass and Vienna on my way into work at 1400 today. Friggen idiots think they can do 60 (in any vehicle, not just SUV's) and then hit their brakes when they see traffic slowing up ahead and come to a uneventful stop in 50 feet or less.

Lots of ambulances wailing away westbound too...Darwin must be smiling today.

Posted by: Bob on January 19, 2005 04:24 PM

yeah - maybe they should try and educate people that 4wd only means
1 - you can get stuck in much more inaccessible places than a normal car could ever dream of getting to
2 - stopping that 4000lb SUV doesn't happen any easier due to the 4wd - in fact, heavier is sometimes worse...

oh well, as long as they aren't hurt it's amusing...

Posted by: Ron on January 19, 2005 04:42 PM

Took me 90 MINUTES to go from Tyson's to the Toll Road (via International Dr)....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....
(and 5 gallons of gas used sitting in traffic - literally, I started w/a 1/4 tank left and had to stop for gas before I got home to Dulles)

Posted by: VHMPrincess on January 20, 2005 01:47 PM
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