January 22, 2005

State of Emergency.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:35 pm

The Governor of New Jersey (Well, the “Acting Governor” – You remember. It was in all the papers) just declared a “State of Emergency.” I believe that means that only “essential” vehicles are permitted on the roadways. I’m not exactly sure of the scope of the prohibition, but it doesn’t matter, because I have no driving plans at the moment.

Random snow thoughts.

Why would anyone want to live in a place where it is 75 degrees, clear and breezy tonight? The 50-60 mile per hour winds and single digit temperatures expected in a few hours from now will be a rare treat. Cocktails on the veranda? Feh! There’s nothing like having 60 mph icy wind blow snow in your face and down your neck. Gott-damned bracing, that.

I just heard that Newark Airport is still open, “though experiencing significant delays.” Open??? I don’t think they have printed enough money to get my ass in a plane at Newark Airport tonight.

Why, why to local television stations feel compelled to have some sorry ass news person do live reports while standing in the driving snow? They don’t have to do that for my benefit. I can look out the window and see that it’s snowing like a bastard. Must be some kind of rookie reporter initiation. I believe that Dan *spit* Rather got his start by tying himself to a telephone pole during a hurricane or some shit. Dumbass.

From what I am hearing now, it appears that we won’t even be able to begin digging out until tomorrow afternoon. Thrilling.

I need a drink.


  1. Snow angels!!!!

    Comment by jmflynny — January 22, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

  2. It would have to be a fast snow angel, lest you get quickly buried in the process. Hell, with blizzard conditions, one can’t even write one’s name in the snow, if you catch my drift (pun intended). It could be messy and, worse yet, lead to instant frostbite. Ouchie!!!

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — January 22, 2005 @ 8:42 pm

  3. Yeah -it’s a mess down here by me. Ugh. My street is a frigging mess.

    Comment by Kate — January 22, 2005 @ 9:06 pm

  4. a chunk of blizzard?

    The wind is blowing like a tropical storm outside right now and I can hear raindrops that sound like hailstones…

    Trackback by Gut Rumbles — January 22, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

  5. That’s really serious stuff. Stay safe and warm.


    Comment by Christina — January 22, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

  6. While you’re waiting, you can practice for tomorrow here.

    Comment by Jack Bog — January 23, 2005 @ 1:42 am

  7. Funny you should mention warm weather… If this had happened just over a year ago, I’d have been smack dab in the midst of it, shoveling my car out of 18″ of white stuff after watching it blanket the landscape. Instead, today I went out in shirtsleeves in 64 degree sunny weather and enjoyed the day. Granted, it’s 30 degrees now, but … no snow. Lots of room still in Alabama!

    Actually, when I lived in Jersey I didn’t mind the snow. It was digging out when you parked on the street, and the snowplow kept coming by to rebury your car, and the snow took up 2-3 parking spaces on each already-overcrowded block for at least a week, and someone took your clean space after you busted your butt to get your car out (they even moved the trashcan you put there to save the space)… Grrrr..! The good part was watching it come down knowing you didn’t have go anywhere for a while.

    Here’s hoping you get to enjoy the good part and the bad goes away soon.

    Comment by susanna — January 23, 2005 @ 1:48 am

  8. I guess the “big stuff” missed me here in Ohio. We got some, but not what they were calling for. I need a drink too Jim.


    Comment by RedNeck — January 23, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

  9. It’s rather amusing that what we consider normal snow fall here in Idaho will bring everyone to their knees back east. State of emergency? Ah well, I send my best wishes that you’ll weather the storm.

    Comment by Don — January 24, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

  10. Don,

    There are a couple important differences:


    Population: 1,366,000

    Land area: 83,000 square miles

    Persons per square mile: 15.6

    New Jersey

    Population: 8,638,000

    Land Area: 7,400 square miles

    Persons per square mile: 1,100

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — January 24, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

  11. Thanks for the data. That’s pretty alarming to me. 1,100 persons per square mile is horrible. I don’t know how you maintain your sanity even without snow.

    Bless you Jim and good luck.

    Comment by Don — January 24, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

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