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15 February 2007 @ 10:38 am
Super Valentine Death Storm 2007  
No additional snow today, and it's clear and sunny out, but we're indeed buried. I don't know what the official snowfall amount is, but over two feet is damn near certainty. Thanks to drift, my car was buried up to the mirrors this morning, with about a foot or so covering the entire top from hood to trunk. Plus, there was a snowplow trench a couple of feet high blocking it in. I would never have made it to work without the following:

1) ibesky graciously lending us her shovel, for we have none and lo, there were naught to be purchased at Chopper le Ghetto.

2) My darling Remy helping me dig out. It took the two of us more than an hour. I, by myself, may have gotten it done in three.

3) The fact that I'd parked on Madison Avenue Tuesday night- which, while still crappy this morning, was drivable. Most of the side roads in downtown Albany have not been plowed at all, and my car doesn't make with the 4WD.

I still had to take the car to like 3000-4000 RPMs to get out, heh, but at least I got out. Even if I didn't go to work, I would've had to excavate the car eventually, as we're only allowed to park on that side of the road until 8 PM tonight. Damn, it's times like these that I really look forward to having a driveway again. Even a parking lot would be nice.

So, work was officially shut down yesterday at 10 AM, and our Tech Support answering machine message was changed to explain that there was a snowstorm, and we'd be back tomorrow to assist with stuff. Someone left us a message:

"I can't believe this. 'Speedy resolution' my ass."

Oh, the professionalism! The maturity! Makes me wanna run out there in whiteout conditions and risk my car and my life to help that dear man!
 
 
 
Ellieellie on February 15th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I completely feel for you. While I did not go to work, our office was open although everyone other than my department was sent home at noon. People were complaining that there were longer hold times because people didn't want to risk their necks. Some even got irate over the matter.

At least my dedicated accounts were either affected by the blizzard or understanding of my decision to stay at home. One even sent me news links of the storm all day!
Angeldeathslilsister on February 16th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I love customers on the phone...shining pillars of humanity, they are.

BTW, there's not a hydrant in front of your house, is there? I parked on Madison not far from your place, and I'm suspicious of the empty spot. :)
Miusheri: cookie_omfgmiusheri on February 16th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Nope! No hydrant on our side of the street! There is one on the opposite side, a little ways down toward Swan, but that's a moot point =)

Hehe, you may have parked in one of the spots I had originally angled for around 7:20 PM- until some moron in a hulking SUV a few cars ahead got stuck near the Madison/Dove traffic light, and forced me and a bunch of other people to sit there for a while, then back up in defeat. So I backed into a spot near the Madison Grill, but if I'd been one car ahead, I could've parked and not been stuck in that mess!
Angeldeathslilsister on February 16th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
omg I hope I wasn't the asshole who took your spot! :) Actually, I was parking a bit closer to 8, but they'd totally stopped all the traffic going up Madison so a bus could come down the street. (gah!)
I was stopped right next to the empty spot and spent about 5 minutes doing the inner monologue thing... "Can I park there, or will that make me an asshat? What if someone else wants this spot? Nah, they're probably all from Colonie andthey're going uptown anyway... Will this stupid station wagon fit? God, I hope that's not a hydrant...teehee, look at the cop yelling at the stupid cabbie who won't move for the bus..."
Miusherimiusheri on February 16th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, no! No one took the spot I was angling for- we all had to back up away from it so the lady who didn't know how to drive her SUV could get through! ^_^* By that point, I didn't feel like driving forward again, so I parked near the Grill. If I'd just been closer to that spot to begin with, I might have gotten to squeeze in and avoid the back-uppedness!