We got some serious snow today here in Michigan and it caught a lot of people by surprise it would seem. Accidents on the way into work were so numerous that the traffic guy on the radio station I was listening to had given up trying to list them off and was basically telling listeners that pretty much everyone was going to be late today so they should just deal with it. Took me two and a half hours to get to work because I couldn’t get off the damned freeway to try and use back roads. It would seem that, in Michigan, using your turn signals to indicate you’d like to change lanes is some form of insult to other drivers I hadn’t been previously aware of that causes all of them to bunch up and see how close they can get to the bumper of the car in front of them without actually coming into physical contact with it.
Once at work I had [sarcasm] just one joyful moment after another [/sarcasm]. First up was trying to fix the PC a user had managed to trash within 5 minutes of my turning it over to them after re-staging it last Wednesday. She managed to hose the DLL file that is responsible for the login interface so you couldn’t log in at all with any account either network or local to the machine. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that before I got it back up and running I would end up taking two more machines out of action temporarily just trying to get the user’s data back.
The drive home was a little better at only an hour and a half as I was smart enough to go the back road route right from the get-go. Never let it be said I don’t learn from my mistakes. Unlike most of Michigan drivers who appear to forget that it snows every year and thusly dump any knowledge of safe snow driving as soon as spring arrives. Still, the snowfall was good for producing the two pictures I’ve recreated here. Click ‘em for bigger versions. Definitely puts one into the Christmas spirit, at least once you stop having to drive in it.