Monday, February 08, 2010
Day 14: From Beauty to Ugliness
Welcome to the Blizzard of 2010! It's winter in the DC Metro Area and it's a big mess. After over 20 inches of snow, people are losing or have lost their minds, patience, and humanity (practically). People were fighting in the grocery stores over food. Driving like bats out of hell on the roads. And expecting cleaning crews to do magic tricks to get things back in order. With this much snow, normalcy will be a dream not achieved for some time. Many of our neighborhoods still have yet to be plowed, many of us don't have power, and have no way of getting around (if you're depending on public transportation).
My fiance' & I have been without power and heat since last Friday night (when the storm hit). You could see your breath in front of your face in our place. It was just that cold. We couldn't spend another night at home so we decided to try to get a hotel room. Because the roads were so bad we couldn't get to the strip where most of the hotels were in our area (Rockville/Bethesda), so we ended up heading to my mom & granny's house. What was usually a one-hour trip took almost two hours. It was a scary trip. Many of the street lights were out. Only the left and right lanes were clear. The center lanes were full of ice and compacted snow. We were on edge the whole way. But we made it safely (thank god).
Since the roads are still terrible - we're staying put (working from mom & granny's until further notice). I typically take public transportation to and from work everyday so you know that's out of the question. The underground stations are the only stations being serviced. Bus and Marc train service is limited. You'd be out of your mind to even think about a taxi.
There's really not much we can do besides hoping and praying for the best. The really sad part of it all is that this area never seems to be prepared for any major emergency. And I think for it to be the DC Metro Area that it's totally unacceptable. People are freezing in their homes, looking for their next meals... They can't even get off their streets to go to the store let alone to work. Pepco can't get to the affected areas without power because plows have yet to clear many streets (especially in Montgomery County). Had this been technological or biological warfare it would be every man, woman, and child for themselves. I can't bare to imagine what it would be in either of these situations... The meteorologists are predicting that we may get another foot or more of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday...
Snow... It's so beautiful and peaceful when it snows. So quiet, so Edenic, so pure... But in the aftermath - snow loses it's beauty and brings out the ugliness in people, the process for clean-up, and the issues that arise when government fails to have a plan in place in the event of a snow emergency. Yes, welcome to the Blizzard of 2010!