About the snow

I’m from the North of Scotland. I passed my driving test when there was 30cm of snow on the ground. It was normal. Most of my driving on roads to that point had been in lots of snow. There are certains you do and don’t do in snow. 

Talking on a mobile phone is a no-no.

Driving at high-speed is a no-no.

Breaking hard in snow/slush/ice is a no-no.

You’d think people would know that, but it seems doing all three is a bit of a trend with drivers down here. Especially the idiot in the grey van this morning on the A34 (in 10cm of snow). 

Personally, I think once in 18 years is not bad to get a Winter like this, but I also think councils and local authorities need to do things a little different. The first thing is that when a severe weather warning appears on the long range forecast, make sure that the grit boxes in side/B/C roads are full. Er, especially, if there has been a cold snap a few weeks earlier. Secondly, stop gritting the motorways if no-one can get to them! What’s the point if no-one can get away from their houses.

Companies also need to get more organised at letting employees know what is acceptable, and what is not – or at least having a policy about adverse weather.

What a week!

The South got snow this week. The same week I started a new job. I only got to the office twice. Grrr. Not the best start to the new working regime? Hmm. 

Monday – too much snow to make it sensible to drive anywhere.

Tuesday – couldn’t get my car out to go to the office and no-one else was there to ‘look after me’.

Wednesday – got there but didn’t actually see the people I needed to see (they weren’t there).

Thursday – spent two hours in the car only to turn around (I’d only done 12 miles) and took two hours to get home again. Ugh. Three hours to sort out an IT problem and the day was wasted.

Friday – Over two hours to drive to the office through some of the most bizarre weather. Rain, sleet, wind and snow. Then deep snow. Driving wind and drifting snow. Hmmm. Interesting journey. 

Can I say yet how the new job is going, I don’t think so. The jury is still out, while I try once again to get my feet under the desk and make a mark.

Springsteen & Superbowl

I saw Springsteen in London last year (see earlier entry) and I’m hoping to see him in ’09 (he hasn’t yet annouced UK dates/venues)…but last night he played the Superbowl.

I don’t normally post links to YouTube, but if you’ve never seen ‘the Boss’ live, watch the video. He’s just an awesome entertainer. Ahem…the link I originally posted has since been removed due to a problem on YouTube, but I’m sure there’ll be another one up there soon.