I had planned to post something entirely different today, but nature intervened.
Snow. A four-letter word if there ever was one. We'd known it was coming for a couple of days. No, a major snow event was not predicted, but it was news nonetheless. We haven't had much snow this year. Some people actually wanted it. (Ah, William...you're not the only one, after all.) Collin was supposed to be off work today, Friday and Saturday, but he volunteered to fill in for a co-worker today. If he ever does that again, I will lock him in his room until he comes to his senses.
The snow came, as you can see in this graphic from our local CBS affiliate, KMOV-TV. Not a lot, but when accompanied by a bitter, gusty wind and freefalling temps, it made for treacherous driving. There have been a multitude of accidents. The public was warned to stay home unless travel was absolutely necessary. Even public transportation is running about an hour behind schedule--not because of road conditions, but because of all the accidents. That's bad.
Still, Collin went to work. He called a cab and was upset when it was late picking him up.
I am now wondering if I was given the wrong baby at the hospital. When I was out in the workforce, I did not go to work in such conditions. I called in. I did not make up stories about being sick or anything like that, because my bosses wouldn't have bought it anyway. No, I was direct with them:
"I'm not coming in today. It's snowing, it's slick. And frankly, you don't pay me enough to risk my life. The world will not end if Southwestern Bell doesn't get their promotional crap today."
Surprisingly, I was not fired. But then, they were used to it. When I was called in for my job review, I was asked, "Where do you want to be five years from now?"
My answer: "Not here."
Collin, however, takes his job far too seriously. He gets his work ethic from my dad, who would--and did--go to work with pneumonia once. This is one of the many perks of being a writer: working at home. Not having to go out in nasty weather. Not having an impossible boss. Not having to deal with traffic.
I just heard sirens. According to the local TV news, there's a fatal accident nearby. I'm glad Collin is already at work....