Well, I might as well continue to have a title in French about snow, eh?
Mais oł sont les neiges d'antan? the other day and today La neige est ice. And, indeed, the snow is here.
We didn't get as much snow as they did in the Hudson Valley area of New
York or in western and central Connecticut -- and we didn't really get
much at all until after midnight.
Here's a picture of our driveway (looking at it from inside the garage)
taken about 1:30 this morning.
What, you may ask, was I doing up at 1:30 a.m. (besides taking photographs
Jill was coming back from Ottawa, traveling by Greyhound from Montreal
to Boston. Her bus would reach Boston (in theory) at 10:55 p.m. and the
last Amtrak train that stops at our local station leaves Boston at 9:30
p.m. (with the next one not until 6:40 a.m.) -- so Nancy drove to Boston
to pick her up. But Boston is not all that far away (it's about an 80 mile
-- hour and a half drive), so surely they would have been back home well
before my snow photography took place. However, although it did not begin
real snowing here until almost midnight, it was snowing in Vermont and
western and central Massachusetts all evening. Jill had phoned to say the
bus was twenty minutes behind schedule coming down through Vermont.
Nancy left here to go to Boston around nine (wanting to leave plenty of
time for the trip and also wanted to be early just in case Jill's bus made
up lost time and arrived early) but she called me from Boston at midnight
to say that the bus had not yet arrived, Greyhound claimed they had no
idea where the bus was nor what time it might arrive (it's just too bad
that here we are trapped in 1970 and nobody has invented cell phones or
GPS tracking yet), and they were telling everyone to leave because they
were closing the bus station until 6 a.m. About twenty minutes later she
called back to say Jill's bus was just coming in.
Their trip back home from Boston was not too bad at first, snow was falling
but the highway (Interstate 95) was clear, but the closer they got to home,
the more snow was accumulating on the road, and by the time they reached
our town she was reduced to going twenty miles an hour through two or three
inches of unplowed snow on the roads.
Greyhound's contemptuous attitude towards customers is nothing new... and
it isn't just Greyhound. I can recall back around Christmas of 1961 when
I was home from my freshman year of college for the holiday. My girlfriend
was coming over to spend the holiday with me and my family. She was traveling
to Kingston (NY) by bus (Trailways) from New Haven and, as is sometimes
known to happen in winter, a snow storm moved into the area. Just about
the time we were getting ready to go to the Kingston bus terminal to meet
her bus, she phoned us from the bus station in Poughkeepsie to say that
when the bus had reached that stop, she was the only passenger left for
the final leg of the journey to Kingston, so they had decided to cancel
that last leg because it wasn't worthwhile traveling through a storm for
just one passenger. They were closing the Poughkeepsie terminal for the
night, but they decided that they would let her wait in the little vestibule
between the inner and outer doors to the terminal, cautioning her that
once she stepped through the outer door, it would lock behind her and she
would not be able to get back in. What wonderful public service, leaving
a 16 year old girl alone at night in an unlighted and unheated vestibule
in a more than somewhat unsavory neighborhood. We drove straight there
-- in our VW Beetle through a blizzard -- but she was stranded there terrified
for about an hour before we arrived.
And Nancy and I went outside about 11 a.m. and shoveled our driveway and
sidewalks (and I helped a neighbor with a bit of his sidewalk), probably
spent about an hour shoveling. A good workout.
And the U.S. Weather Service says via a "Winter Weather Advisory"
that we should expect three to five inches of snow between 7 p.m. and 7
a.m. So, I guess I may get some more snow shoveling exercise tomorrow morning
La neige est ici maintenant et plus de neige sera ici demain.