Posted by: Kim | June 8, 2006

Summer Reruns

Since I'm slowly working through the Shrug, I have no exciting updates.  So, in the spirit of summer reruns, I'm posting a story about our snow experience here in San Diego last March that I sent out to friends by e-mail.  Enjoy!

We had a doozy of an Alaskan storm roll in that dumped enough snow on Laguna and Palomar mountains to close roads and stop even snow plows in their tracks (yeah, we have sissy SoCal plows).  Obviously, when it snows in SD, this is a big event.  I believe nearly every person in the city of SD and all surrounding metropolitan areas (yes, nearly 2 million) headed to points north and east to experience the white stuff, as this picture attests.  This is at Old Hwy 80 at the Sunrise Hwy exit on I-8:

Backed up traffic

Yes, that’s right.  A little two-lane road that was bumper-to-bumper, and people were parked on the sides the whole way.  They were trying to sled on hills covered with bushes!  City people!  (You can already see the foreshadowing to the next photo…)

Sledding down a hill into traffic

Here we observe true Darwinism in action.  Note the dumba** at the top of the hill.  As we sat in traffic that was not moving, we watched him climb the hill BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD with a tube.  Quite frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit that we were cheering him on, as we would all enjoy one less idiot out on the road here.  Yes, here is where “thinning of the herd” happens!  The cheering ended when he put a LITTLE GIRL on his lap as well!  ARGGGGGG!!!  The technique was that a guy stood at the bottom to ensure they didn’t shoot out into traffic at the bottom of the hill.  Surprisingly, it worked, but the girl was seriously close to braining herself on the pavement.  Needless to say, our case for wanting to move to saner country is strongly supported.

Jeeps rock!

After 20 minutes of sitting in that traffic, we finally found a side road that none of the lemmings in their pimped out Escalades would attempt.  The joy of a Jeep—thanks, Kato!  We were about 200 yards from the traffic and all alone!  We enjoyed our Baileys coffee and headed home soon after.  We’re glad to say that we don’t have to put up with this on a daily basis!

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