Well, I’m sitting here at work, waiting for my campus to open “officially” at 9am. A winter storm blew through the area yesterday afternoon, and the Big Wigs Upstairs chicken-littled and delayed all campuses to open till 9am today. Some background info for new readers: I live in the Dallas area. We do have winters here. It does occasionally snow/ice/sleet at least once during winter time. You’d think Dallas area residents would adjust themselves to that fact.
Well, you’d be wrong.
So, my campus was delayed being open, due to possible bad winter road conditions. But when I drove to work — giving myself 1.5 hours of commute time, just in case — I was faced with… normality. Bright sun. Slightly wet but increasingly drying roads. Rush hour traffic vehicles going about ten miles above the speed limit (per usual).
And still — STILL — I found myself passing a vehicle or two creeping along (relative to the normal flow of traffic) because of fear of the dreaded “black ice.” Well, there was none — that is, no black ice. The air was too warm, and the road — being an interstate road on the ground and not a bridge or overpass — was never cold enough for anything to stick around and turn into ice.
But on a tangential note: It was the March Ice Storm! We hadn’t had that in *years* — maybe even up to ten years. I was starting to wonder, “Could it be global warming?” Heh, who knows? But for me, the March Ice Storm always signals winter’s last hurrah before springtime officially starts, and so it’s apropos for this winter storm to occur just a couple of days before Spring Break.
Hey… I’m starting to here voices wafting from the hallway. It must be 9am now. 🙂 Time for work (aka grading).