Thursday, February 13, 2014
Close to Nowhere
“It was 20 years ago...
...today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.”
Oh wait, that’s not what happened 20 years ago.
Twenty years ago, Feb. 11, 1994, the lights went out in Georgia.
Oh, wrong song again. The lights actually went out all over the Mid-South.
“The Great Ice Storm of ’94” is still well-remembered by almost everyone around here.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting on my couch, looking out the window at the gray, dreary ice already coating everything and thinking it would be a good day to bake some bread, as I certainly wasn’t going to work.
As I was sitting there deciding if I had everything handy necessary to make bread in my electric bread machine, the lights went out.
I was glad I hadn’t already started the bread. I huddled under the blankets on the couch and watched the “icing” some more and never one time thought that I’d be huddled and in the dark for three weeks.
At 5 a.m. on this Tuesday morning, the phone rang and it was the computerized caller from Potts Camp School telling me that school would be closed, Tuesday, Feb. 11. Somehow, I wasn’t surprised.
Daughter Dana called about 5:30 or so and said I needed to leave for work then. The roads were a solid, very thin sheet of ice and snow, but she’d only had trouble on one of the hills on Hwy. 310.
Generally, in bad weather, if we can make it off that highway, we’re good to go. Hwy. 310 stays icy and slick longer than any road anywhere!
I finally made it to Hwy. 7 -- Dana was right, 310 was slippery and scary.
I was surprised at Hwy. 7 though. Generally Hwy. 7 has nice ruts in whatever slushy, messy stuff is covering it.
Not Tuesday morning. It was a nice, slick-looking solid sheet of snow/ice.
Normally, 7 is a pretty busy road, even at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, I probably didn’t see five cars moving. Didn’t see any wrecks though, so that was good.
It’s supposed to do this again Wed. night. By the time this is published Thursday, it’s supposed to be partly cloudy and 50°.
Come on, Thursday!
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