Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rrrrrrround And Rrrrrrrround

We had snow on our hilly road. Specifically, I live at the top of a hill here in The Big City (to me) where there is a stop sign and you often have to wait half a minute or two, depending on cross traffic. There aren’t many cars that come up this way, but them that does finds the going a little touchy.

We hear the whine of tires slipping and engines delivering useless power to the wheels. I guess the feeling is: “Get the tires going fast and, eventually, you will start moving.” My feeling is: “Don’t come up this hill; there is another road you can take which is flat and will get you around the rise with no problem.” Or, back down to that other road.

Then it’s the turn for the next car. Oops; that one can’t move into position because it’s stuck, as well. Tires whine, engine revs up, car stays where it is. Third car, same.

What don’t people realize about (a) hill (b) plus snow (c) plus car (d) equals “you aren’t going anywhere”? And these aren’t strangers. If they had to park on North Franklin, they know enough to violate and back down the street; the cops won’t do anything because they’d get stuck, too. And the street is only a few houses long.

It’s not as if we never get snow in this burg; we live in the Poconos, after all. It’s a big ski area and, if it’s a big ski area, that sort of means it’s a big enough snow area, as well. You don’t need to be a weather scientist (rocket scientists build rockets) to figure out that uphill on snow is a crap shoot.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The (relatively) new digs at the top of Franklin Street appear quite spiffy but it seems the descent to the campus on the diagonal in icy weather is a bit more precarious than the climate controlled elevator ride from the former clergy quarters on the top floor of HCH.

December 24, 2008 3:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Half the guys lived in 1.5 rooms on top of HCH, while the rest lived halfway up the hill.

Now almost all live in 2.5 rooms in the new place, with three across the street.

It's really not difficult at all to get down the hill. It's just hard to do it and stay upright.

December 24, 2008 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The engine delivering useless power to the wheels" This puts me in mind of the Bishop of Scranton. Heard any good rumors lately??

January 05, 2009 10:29 AM  
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