Before I left my apartment this morning, I already knew that my life was going to be in mortal peril. Why, you might ask? Because DC had its first "legit" snowfall last night (1 - 2 inches tops) - which means that overnight the city was magically transformed into the world's largest ice luge. The photo at left was taken on my way to work this morning.
DC has not gotten the memo that not only do first world metropolitan areas in the northern hemisphere generally provide snow removal services, but that if you remove the precipitation while it's still snow - it does not become ice.
I mean, I know DC is kind of "southern" but we get slammed with snow and ice enough times a year that:
a) the city should be clearing public areas (where are the Bobcats?!);
b) stores and office buildings should be all over snow and ice removal - none of this salting at 10am crap; and
c) the citizens SHOULD LEARN HOW TO DRIVE in inclement weather conditions.
I really can't stress point C enough. I'm afraid to drive in this sort of weather here - not because I can't handle myself in the snow (18 years of Michigan and Boston living taught me ONE thing), but because people around here are total ASSCLOWNS. And lest you think that walking is a viable option, I actually feel MORE threatened when I'm walking because people seem to spin out in the most inconceivable locations known to man.
For more of my thoughts and feelings on this, check out the first installation of my DC and Snow - A Rant series, penned last winter.