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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Really People? You Weren't Prepared?

Snowmageddon. Snowpocalypse. Blizzard of 2011. Call it what you like, but one thing is for sure-- baby, it's cold outside.

Illinois and 29 other states are getting pounded with the worst blizzard in years, and we've been planning for it for days. Forecasters warned us. Reporters warned us. And yet? People still act shocked that we got hit with 19.5 inches of snow overnight.

Chicago Tribune- Stranded motorists being rescued
Last night, hundreds of drivers and bus riders were stranded on Lake Shore Drive because of the snow drifts, and many of them weren't rescued by firefighters until early this morning. I read one story of a man and his fellow commuter sharing a snack-size candy bar while waiting hours to get rescued.

Then today, many of those motorists are demanding answers from the city. Why did it take so long to get rescued? Why did it take the city so long to close Lake Shore Drive?

If I may, I'd like to offer my own opinions on this situation. (I know, I know, you're shocked.) First of all, it's called Lake Shore Drive people, meaning it's right next to the Lake. That road can be treacherous on a semi-windy day, let alone a major blizzard! How did taking that road seem like a good idea?

Chicago Tribune-look at Lake Shore Drive
Secondly, we've been warned for days to not get out unless we ABSOLUTELY have why did you get out?? And you only packed a snack-size candy bar??

Third, why should firefighters have to risk their lives saving oblivious people like you? I say this is a great social experiment or survival of the fittest. Only the strong survive, or perhaps those who packed a full-size Snickers.

To the city of Chicago, firefighters and police officers--thank you for all your hard work. There are many of us who appreciate the jobs you do, and if you ever have to rescue me, the first words out of my mouth will be "Thank You!" not "What took you so long?"

1 comment:

  1. Love it. Here in's a bit of the opposite, we were warned about Ice-mageddon and people were prepared...but it's a dud.