Ahh, Snow in Seattle, it’s always a treat to watch the car crashes.
As I watched TV this morning, I saw news coverage from a local TV station that “staked out” our steepest hill in the area, “James Street in Kent, Washington” It’s a traditional effort to catch the first idiot who attempts to make this steep hill before the city can barricade it off. There’s several routes up the hill, all of them far better than this one, and normally plowed and sanded by the City or County.
This year’s first attempt was claimed by a man who spoke with a strong accent, he said he was from Chicago, and everybody back there knew how to drive in the snow…. “not like here”. When asked why he wasn’t able to make it up the hill, he replied, “I dunno, my car just wouldn’t make it.”
It seems a lot of folks from the flat land never seem to learn much about gravity. Many are convinced they have talents for driving in the snow, and they attempt that near 6% grade here on snow and ice 🙂 Others stop at the base of a hill to do a quick survey, “should I go up this or not? Of course, as soon as they step on the pedal again, they find themselves making a bobsled run down the hill and hitting other cars who didn’t anticipate the near insane move made ahead of them.
Snow in Seattle is top entertainment, and we can thank a lot of transplants for the fun. I’m sure there’s body shops in the area that were close to going out of business, by tomorrow morning they’ll be looking for places to park pending work 🙂