Recently we had a snowstorm. Now, for Northern Illinois in the winter time, that is not at all remarkable. But as with the rest of life, “Timing” is everything !!
The snow started about 11 am where I was and by about 2pm there was all ready about 2 1/2 to 3 inches on the roads. My boss let me go at 2pm (one hour early) and these are the photos of my drive home.
This was also a Friday and it seemed that everyone had been let out early as the tollway was jammed packed.
What should have been no more then a 45 minute drive, (33 miles) turned out to be 3 hours !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There were no accidents, no cars in the ditch and yet I had to drive 10 miles an hour. I don’t encourage reckless driving, but we could have gone at least 45-45 mph.
When I was a young’n and growing up in my little town in the cornfields, these were the kinds of roads and conditions that we may have had to drive on for 2-4 days !!!
Interim Chicago Mayor Micheal Bilandic possibly lost his job due to a snowstorm and it almost seems that since then, no politician would be willing to lose his or her job because of snow removal and there seems to be a lot of overkill in the politics of snow removal and far too many drivers demand/expect roads to always be clear and dry !! This was not much noticed until the recent economic downturn and most cities don’t have unlimited snow removal budgets.