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February 22, 2011 - Michael Palmer
Driving in the snow? Do you like driving in the snow? Many area residents may say they love snow, and perhaps winter, however, I think it would be difficult to find anyone who actually enjoys driving in the snow.
Last week I was headed home from a basketball game in Barnesville with snow falling and thought to myself, “These are the worst driving conditions of this winter.“
I spoke too soon, last night’s ice and snow surpassed that night and for the first time in a long time I became stuck in a snowdrift. Thus, my morning walk was replaced by a nice after dark walk in tennis shoes through 7 inches of snow and of course the aforementioned drifts. The road to my house is my parents’ former route to school, and by default it is up hill both ways.
I finally reached home and returned this morning with my snow shovel to get the car out of the now plowed in area along the road. It went rather well, as things go, and was a good practice round for my next trip into the winter wonderland, my son-in-laws car.
He had the tri-fecta going, he was stuck on a hill in a drift, out of gas and had a dead battery, and in addition he was unable to get back home because he was much father away. We bought him some gas, and were fortunate enough that a truck from D & E Tree Service stopped and the guys inside were nice enough to jump start the car, and then with a tow rope pull it out onto the highway while I played traffic cop.
I saw a pair of buzzards roosting in a tree on my drive home and thought they were most likely even more upset at that liar of a ground hog than I was.
I talked with EJ Schodzinski and asked him how the tournament basketball went last night and if they were able to get the buses out and on the road after the games. HE said that they all got out OK and since we haven’t heard anything I guess they made it back to Steubenville.
It would have been much worse to be a bus driver and had the added responsibility of all those young lives in your vehicle. You have to tip your hat to those individuals that pilot our kids all over the valley in the crazy weather.
Spring can not be far off now, I am looking forward to just watching out for suicidal deer on my commute, and not driving in snow.
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