After experiencing one of the wettest years on record for this area…so far this has been a very dry winter for Tulsa. Several cold snaps, and just a teensy bit of freezing drizzle…but almost no rain, and no snow. Guess Portland’s been getting all of it this year (sorry, Erin).
So this morning I get up and leave the house to go to my favorite blogging spot, and there’s this crazy looking white stuff falling from the sky, and blowing in rippled patterns across the road.
Oh, yeah. Snow. That’s what it is.
Okay, so it’s mainly flurries, and just kind of dusting everything. But snow is snow! And it’s cold, but nothing like it is for you northern folks who are throwing cups of water in the air and watching it come down as ice cubes. (I used to live up north, so I do know what that is like.)
But today, it’s not enough snow to cause problems. Just enough snow to make things look purty.
It’s kind of funny, actually, because this little dusting thing is just about as much snow as this town can handle without shutting down. We usually get snow about 3-4 times a winter. But nobody seems to know what to do with it. It’s almost like you can hear some of the bigwigs having the same conversation every time it happens:
“Hey! What’s this white stuff falling from the sky?”
“Have we seen this before?”
“I’m trying to think…”
“Is it safe?”
“I dunno. It doesn’t hurt or anything. Might be poisonous, though.”
“What should we do?”
“What did we do the last time we saw this stuff?”
“Um…I think we closed down the schools.”
“Okay…let’s go ahead and do that. Just to be safe.”
“It’s starting to collect on the streets. Should we do something to scrape it off?”
“Not yet. It might be dangerous to pile it up. Let’s wait and see what happens.”
“The cars are starting to slip on it….”
“Come on, guys…we need to make some decisions here. There’s almost a half inch on the roads already! Do we need to shut the town down, or what?”
“Oh, all right. Let’s plow just the main roads. If we do much more than that, bad stuff might happen. Do we have anyone that knows how to drive the truck?”
“I’ll make some calls.”
“What about salt? I’ve heard salt helps to melt this stuff.”
“No. Salt’s no good. It damages the vehicles.”
“So does crashing them into trees.”
“Good point. Okay, let’s get some salt. But not too much. We wouldn’t want to make the white stuff angry.”
Sigh. Oh, well. At least it looks purty.
P.S. That last bit about salt damaging the vehicles came from an actual conversation The Wild One had with someone from Texas. The person changed her opinion about using salt when The Wild One reminded her that crashing cars does more damage than salt does…