As I compose this entry, it is 15 degrees outside of my window.
That’s right. 15 degrees.
Was going to go to work when I got up this morning thinking that the weatherman had gotten the forecast wrong as usual in these parts, but just as a broken watch is right at least twice a day, the weatherman also lucked out on predicting the ice/snow combo which has shut most of Dallas down to a minor crawl.
I’ve been through one accident within the past 6 months and not willing to risk another, so I called in to work. This allowed me to focus my eye on the city (but only within my block because I didn’t want to risk ANY part of travel with my fellow Texans since a drop of rain will defeat their ability to drive) with my camera.
Here’s some of what today brought:
Took the time to organize photos, e-mail them to the appropriate parties, walked to IHOP in the bitter cold, and sorted out the technical difficulties with my latest and greatest DJ mix, “Radio Inside My Head.”
The link to that mix can be found here:
Developed a gameplan for shooting the wintry effects by night and came home to nap away. Woke up and took to the street. Picked up some gloves and let me tell you what a game changer they are. Couldn’t feel my fingers earlier in the chill, but with these fingerless/convertible gloves it is ease and joy unlike anything else. So much easier to bear the cold with proper utensils, I snagged the following:
Saw two damn near accidents due to unthinking (or less than thoughtful) drivers, one guy try to make a U-turn that ended in several 360s, a truck hop the median from braking to hard and not being able to steer out of it, and then some yahoo (thinking that anything above 5 MPH was a great idea on that road I shot by daytime) damn near pull a drift into the sign that divides the entry/exit from Lloyd/Preston. Someone was looking out for that guy because he was able to correct into the gas station parking lot through an intervention not of this world.
Inspires me to spend another day at home is what that does. All the complaint of overtime is gone as it has now covered the spread for the days that I haven’t worked due to this inclement weather.
Unless you HAVE to get out in this stuff, folks, DON’T is my advice.