That Time of Year

The Wilds of Ohio is in the midst of our first semi-significant snowfall of the season as I type this.  I say “semi-“ because we’re up to about two inches of an expected four inches of snow.  Comparatively not much to speak of*.

early on, before it started getting nasty

Nonetheless, always looking for a way to avoid work, I took up the battle cry – – “Roads of Death!”

I spoke on this here last year.  A standard I started in my office, gleefully embraced by the other workers here.

That battle cry is repeated often as the snow continues to fall.  I often add an extra tagline to that cry:  “Roads of Death!  A caring supervisor would let her workers go home early to avoid tragedy!”

I somehow hope that the mere implication of the supervisor being inconsiderate to our safety needs would create sufficient guilt that she would actually release us early**.

Success rate for this?  Minimal.  Yes, there have been times where the boss has let us go a bit early.  Those few instances are sufficient in and of themselves to continue the battle cry at the mere hint of any snowfall.

But even if there were no early releases to go home, I think we would all rally forth with the call – – “Roads of Death!”  It actually is a morale booster to some.

For me?  It’s just plain fun to be ornery like that.


UPDATE EVEN BEFORE POSTING:  It worked!  I’m already home.  Now, the snow did come down a bit faster than anticipated…we already have some four inches on the ground.  But we were released a bit earlier by our manager than the rest of the folks.


*I call ‘significant’ snowfall when we get 12 inches or more of snow in a 24 hour period.  Now those are FUN!

now that's some good, fun snowfall

**Now, to be fair, the supervisor is restricted by human resources’ rules and regulations to just how early they can release us in the event of snow.  And, typically, it really requires a call from corporate leadership to let us go.


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12 Responses to “That Time of Year”

  1. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    even being used to it (and it’s blowing) still doesn’t make me hate it any less.
    Today’s the first time since the weekend that we HAVEN’T been under a severe weather statement, but that will change tomorrow when we’re supposed to get another wallop.

    Enough’s Enough Lake Erie.

  2. daisyfae Says:

    i hate snow pussies, but love early dismissal for any reason. a conundrum…

  3. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    I wish to retract my previous statement… we have another winter watch… so that was a nice 5 hours not worrying about sliding into guardrails and running out of bread and won’t someone think of the children!?

  4. S. Le Says:

    Yup. I reckon we’re gettin’ it!

  5. Mitzi G Burger Says:

    You could try ‘Let my people go!’ – it worked for the Jews! (with a few scary plagues thrown in. Snow can reach plague levels, can’t it?!)

  6. hisqueen Says:

    lake effect….bah…this is the global warming, here’s your sign, situation. All that melted ice has to go somewhere. 1977-78 people….now that was some snow..especially for a little runt like I was at the tender age of ?? In over my head, I was..
    My dad lives in the snowbelt here in Ohio and frequently gets those over 18 inches while the rest of us see about 4..
    stay warm and be safe if you’re shoveling.

  7. nursemyra Says:

  8. Dennis the Vizsla Says:

    I remember one time back in New York we were supposed to get like 8-10 inches (which is not much for where I lived) and so they wouldn’t let us go home early from work … even as the snow kept falling and they kept changing the estimate. 12 to 14 inches … 16 to 18 inches … 20 to 24 inches … we ended up getting three feet in a few hours and we were all stuck in the parking lot for hours.

  9. thegnukid Says:

    stephanie – yeah, where you live must’ve been evil in a prior life and karma is catching up with it. i have nothing to bitch about, really.

    daisyfae – i’m not a snow pussy… love driving in it, watching it, occasionally frolicking in it… but, like you, love getting out of work early. guess i’m a work pussy, then!

    stephanie – see? that’s what you get for typing it out loud. and this isn’t even the likely the worst you’ll get this season.

    s. le – and sending it off stephanie’s way, no doubt. good on ya! hopefully you can cocoon in your warm home while the carnage falls about you.

    mitzi – but, what if i’m not Jewish? isn’t there sort of a rule against calling that kind of wrath of God if you’re not of that faith? i certainly don’t want a plague of locusts in my pants because of this…

    yep, i remember that one…1977. nasty and great fun to be in. a joy to see that much snow. and this is one of the few times in a year i’m very glad to be paying that housing association fee – – they are doing all the snow plowing/shoveling!

    nursemyra – that was exactly how it was…except the bass guitar guy was sick that day and we had a not-so-good stand in playing while the snow fell.

  10. hisqueen Says:

    did they still not shovel you out? are you stuck at work after the second snowfall?

  11. thegnukid Says:

    hisqueen – the snow was shoveled, but my brain was still in hibernation

  12. Rich Says:

    I’m so glad I live in the South and don’t have to shovel snow. I have a great-aunt in Ohio – thankfully, her neighbors and friends look after her well in heavy snow.

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