This is what paralyzes us here where we live. Granted, ice is ice and ice is hard to drive on anywhere and it happens everywhere so why, you ask, are my ice problems any bigger than your ice problems? Well, because it’s here, that’s why!
Let me explain. We live in a commuter community. There are as many commuter lots as there are churches and Targets. A person can’t live here without a vehicle. One doesn’t walk to work or ride a bike to work. Rather, one hops in the car, turns on WTOP for the latest traffic info, turns on the running lights, and takes off for the 20 – 90 minute commute in order to get to work. We might make a lot of money here, but there is a high price to pay. Part of that price is the commute. Mess with our commute and you are messing with our livelihood, culture, and essence. We’re proud to be drivers and when something gets in the way, we take it personally.
I was coming home from lunch yesterday and, only moments after the sleet had started to fall, two cars were off in the bar ditches on opposite sides of the road at a steep (and slippery) spot. I eased through and hung on until I made it home. White knuckles.
Anyway, ice is what can mess up morning and evening commutes. It is bad enough on weekends but when it happens during the week, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.