Friday, December 19, 2008

Wet Wild Western Washington!

I am sitting at my computer with extra layers of clothing, a cup of Harney & Sons Holiday Tea, and two wussy dogs who won't go outside. In the photographs below you'll get an idea why those wussy dogs want in my office next to the heater.

I have internet today, something I was missing yesterday, really missing.

I didn't leave the house to get
this photograph.

Now I know most of my blogging friends have seen snow like this and so much more, but we don't see it here very often. Few people know how to drive in this kind of weather in Western Washington and they demonstrated that fact all day.

Yesterday morning my husband sat in front of the television and watched the live "bumper car" coverage. Every school district closed schools and the TV reporters took their children with them to cover the storm. Metro buses, even with chains, couldn't make it up and down the hills of Western Washington. Everywhere you looked there was a bus stuck in the snow. Interstate 5 and SR 520 were parking lots.

Mr. Maven, a Montanan, asked, "Did they ever close your school for snow?" "No, I don't think so," I answered. But as we watched I realized it had nothing to do with how tough we are in Missouri or Montana. No, there were only 10 cars in my husband's childhood town in Montana and in Missouri, the tractors outnumbered the cars on my road. Looking at the pictures of I-5 it was evident we didn't have to dodge any amateurs where we had lived and learned to drive. Here it is so much safer to stay home.

When the tow trucks outnumbered the cars on the freeway, Mr. Maven headed for work in his four-wheel drive. After arriving, he called me marveling at how many people he saw with front wheel drive who put the chains on the car's rear wheels. Truly a time for amateurs here!

At work he received a call from one of his employees who was trying to get to the hotel, but had been stranded at a bus stop for over two hours with no buses in sight. Mr. Maven to the rescue! He jumped in his batmobile (four-wheel drive) and headed up and down the hills of Seattle to find his employee.

There were no cars, no buses, and those walking were falling down right and left. When he arrived at the bus stop his employee was so glad to see him it was clear he never thought Mr. Maven would make it. Mr. Maven is a Montanan and knows no fear of snow and is endowed with monumental amounts of common sense. He has saved me in the snow on many occassions.

At the bus stop were four other people. Two young men trying to get to work at the Space Needle and two women with luggage trying to get to SeaTac to catch a plane home to New York for Christmas. They had been there an hour longer than Mr. Maven's employee and they were cold and trapped.

Half way down a long hill, the temperature falling, the ground extremely slippery, they couldn't get back up the hill to their homes and going downhill would mean traveling end over end. Yes, they were trapped.

On The Street Where I Live

Mr. Maven put them all in the truck and delivered them to downtown Seattle where they could get a bus to work and a taxi to SeaTac. Yes, yesterday was quite a day here in Western Washington and it appears those Montanans do know their way around a snow storm.

I spent the day safe at home, as I will today. Yes, I had no internet, but I did get to play with my Christmas present, Adobe Master Collection. Ah, the things it can do!

Another storm is expected Saturday night with winds in the foothills gusting to 90mph. We live in the foothills and will be spending today and tomorrow preparing for the storm. Montanans are always prepared.

Note: Mr. Maven has emailed requesting that I not call his sled dogs wussies. Sorry, I call it like I see it, and I see one dog asleep on my feet and one in front of the heater. Wussy dogs and great company!


Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I hope you and the wussies stay warm and dry. You're right that we've seen much more snow but so have almost all of the other drivers on the roads here. But even so, bumper cars is a winter sport here too. I hope to get to Washington some day. You and Miriam have me convinced that what you call hills we call mountains! Of course I intend to visit in the summer.

December 19, 2008 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Cheri (Nordic Blue) lives on the hill down the road, at 3022 ft.

Here in Preston I'm on the side of Tiger Mountain at approximately 1000 ft.

Just a couple of bumps in the road. Although I do call Cheri, Mountain Girl.

Please come visit, lunch is on me!


December 19, 2008 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fM, you give new meaning to the tune, "Oh, the weather outside is frightful... but Mr. Maven sounds quite delightful." Stay warm.

December 19, 2008 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks Denise. Oh, to be in Pasadena! The weather here is frightful.

Mr. Maven is my muse and I'm rather fond of him. He'll keep me warm and if not I still have those wussies.


December 19, 2008 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Oh, fM, I sympathize! Here in EASTERN Washington about 90% of the people know how to drive in snow and ice (a goodly number of Eastern Washingtonians are former Montanans, to be sure!). It is the 10% (from California and WESTERN Washington, no doubt) that do not, and put the rest of us in danger. Take for instance, the "gentleman" in the sports car who spun out in front of me on the face of the Maple Street Hill the other day. He insisted, repeatedly, of attempting to get up the hill, slipping back every time and simply packing down the snow under his tires into a smoothly iced surface. Over and over, at the risk of burning up his engine, he gunned his car and spun, then slipped back down, getting closer and closer to me each time. I know he couldn't hear me, but I'm sure I said something like, "For Pete's sake, would you just sit still and wait until help arrives." Except my son insists that I never used those exact words: that language much too strong for a lady like myself escaped my lips. I highly doubt it!

December 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

A good number of those driving here in Western Washington came from California, so let's blame it on them (we blame everything else on them).

What are they thinking? I wonder that as I see some of the most ridiculous driving. Not thinking, my husband says. And look what 10% of the drivers can do to the other 90%.

Oh, and I highly doubt it as well. Not you Miriam!


December 20, 2008 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Those are beautiful pictures! I am glad you didn't have to go outside for them though...We got a big storm here in Ontario yesterday and also had appointments and so on so had to be out in it. I am looking forward to NOT going anywhere!

December 20, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

The next storm is on its way and we have been warned we may be without electricity for four or five days. Winds 90mph.

I don't mind being IN if it's warmer than it is OUT!

Keep your head down and stay warm.


December 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM  

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