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White Wednesday and Drivers


Got my behind in gear today, went out and snapped a few images which felt great. But at the same time, It was cold, I hate cold. I could probably be heard cursing out and about the community today because of the cold. Hope I didn’t wake or offend anyone.

So today I WALKED. Yep, got the boots on and decided not to let anyone try to dent my better half’s new SUV by leaving it at home. Glad I did also because it was nice getting out and saying hello and waving to a few neighbors. Plus there are so many hidden gems right outside my front door. I also got to try out some new gloves to use with the cameras when its cold and they worked great.

All the ladies in my family were off of work today. I’m glad, the less chance on being injured by nuts on the road. Speaking of which I saw an article that Allstate had done a list of the worst in snow and rain by city. And good old Baltimore finished 1st and Washington finished 3rd. Talk about DOMINATION. I’d have to agree. Not the kind of thing an area should be proud of. Of course there are a ton of variables. For instance the safest city was Brownsville Texas. Lets look at Brownsville Texas. I go to Wikipedia and find this (On December 25, 2004, Brownsville recorded its first instance of measurable snow in 109 years with 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), and the first recorded White Christmas).

So no S**T Allstate. I imagine a place that NEVER see’s snow and has a population 200k wouldn’t have many fender benders. The Washington Metro area has what 6-7 million people.  Add another 2-3 million in the Baltimore area. We average 20 inches of snow a year roughly and 45 inches of rain in Baltimore and Washington is about 15 inches of snow a year.

So common sense says you put that number of people and small area and bad weather together it could be bad. What makes this area so dangerous is the number of people and trucks on the road in bad weather. This area doesn’t stop unless it’s a blizzard and then it just slows down a little. So what would you expect even without the final aspect of the puzzle.

People’s mentality in this area is final link to the madness. It’s the mixture of the volume of vehicles, bad conditions and people who either drive far to cautiously or panic and those that are completely reckless driving like it’s a dry track because they think they purchased a vehicle so expensive that it should go through anything or they are personally so entitled to get to their destination first. You know A-holes.

So maybe we should all look at ourselves. Do we really need to go out? Do we need to be in such a hurry? Do we have any experience or practice in bad weather and if not stay your behinds home? Do we prepare in advance?

There are enough people with real important work providing critical services that need to be out and about. Don’t complicate it for them.

Random Thoughts of the Day

The great thing about walks is you see something different each time. Just do a couple of 360’s at different points.

I didn’t make that snow angle I had wanted to. By the time I got back from the hike, I was afraid I might not get up.

I wish there was an early warning system for back spasms. I’d pay a lot for that device.

Next mission, force myself to use the tripod more in my photography.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

4 thoughts on “White Wednesday and Drivers

  1. Fantastic shots.

  2. Beautiful photo journal of your walk, Mike!

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