And so it begins

As part of my embracing the holiday/Christmas season, I am trying to be chipper about the snow. Seeing as how we most likely will be seeing a lot of that white stuff over the next three months and all.

Well, maybe chipper is pushing it a bit. I guess I am going more for not loathing it just yet.

But, already, we have had our first delay of the school year. A delay that was rather pointless, in my opinion.

Sure it is cold today. It was maybe 18 degrees with a windchill at or just below 0 degrees when I woke up around 6 a.m., turned on the TV, and discovered we were on a two-hour delay (FYI, this "discovery" took some time; our school's automatic call system did not go through this morning, so I found out about the delay after staring at the bottom of the TV screen until we got to the saints). The low temp was no surprise; the weather people had been calling for it for days. The same weather people did not, however, tells us that by mid morning, the mercury was going to shoot up, thus making a pleasant wait at the bus stop for the kiddies. No, when I took my kid to school at 9:30, it was just as cold as it was a few hours earlier. In fact, according to our thermometer at home, the temps dropped a degree.

So, one would think snow-covered roads must have caused the delay. You know, the three to six (!) inches the weather people had been talking about all weekend. Yet at 7:30 a.m., which is just before we would normally be leaving for school, the roads were pretty clear. If our little cul-de-sac street is relatively snow-free, it is a pretty safe bet that the other roads are as good or better. In fact, there were only a couple of inches on the ground; the grass was still visible in some places. But. Wait for it. When we got in the car around 9:30 this a.m., the snow was coming down pretty hard and the roads were getting covered. Which they were not at 7:30!

To review: After a two-hour delay, the temps are as cold if not colder and the roads are worse. So can someone please tell me what purpose the delay served?

Yeah, just a little bit bitter and not all that chipper.

Ho, ho, ho!

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