Blizzard Conditions

11 02 2008

Well today sure was an intersting day.  It started actually last night when I fell asleep on the couch and woke up with with a horriable back ache around 1am.  I transfered that to the bed where the dog had been keeping my spot warm and decided I needed to get up at 4:30 so I could leave early for work.  I don’t have to show up for work on Sunday until 7:30 but becuase it was 30 below zero with the windchill and snowing like a bitch, I figured I had better give myself lots of time.  Good thing I did.

I managed to get all the way out of Leelanau and over by Traverse City West High School before out of nowhere (well not really) I could not see anytying in front of me on the road.  I was going quite slow to begin with so I did as I would normally do when you can’t see, slow down more and keep the wheels on the car straight.  As I slowed down, I must have hit some ice in the road becuase within 5 seconds the front of my car was heading over the side of the road and into a ditch.  There was no way I could stop the situation at this point so I kept my hands on the wheel, put my foot on the break and just let the snow stop me.  For the first time since I’ve lived up here, I ran myself off the road, or Mother Nature did anyhow.

No airbag explosion, no damage to the car, just a big fluffy pile of snow with my car burried under it.  I had to get my balance since I was sitting at an angle.  I flipped on the light in the car and started looking around for a phone number for a tow service.  This would be interesting I thought at 7am on a Sunday morning out in the country.  Called Mom and Dad, thankfully not to inform them that I was calling from beyond the grave, and they got me a tow truck phone number.

I sat there in the ditch with my car running for about 45 minutes before the tow truck came to haul me out.  In that time I’d say about 10 people stopped to ask if I needed any help.  I’m very grateful that people actually stopped but I could not help but notice something about those who did.  80% of them were women and of the 2 men who stopped, 1 was a county snow plow driver who was not allowed to use his plow to tow anything and the other apparently lived near where I was.  Again, I am thankful for those who stopped, if I had needed help, I know I would have received it.  My question though is for all the people who just kept on going.  Why did you slow down, look, and then speed away?  Next time, do people like me in this type of situation a favor.  Don’t stop, don’t look, don’t gawk.  If you have no intention of helping or asking if anyone needs help, get the hell out of here.

Anyhow, by the time the plow arrived it was light outside so I was able to take a look around.  I’m actually lucky to be alive and writing this.  About 10 feet behind where I went off the road the ditch kept right on going….down about 50 feet.  Had I been going any faster and that white out happened any sooner, I would have ended up parked in the top branches of several old cherry trees.  They might have broken the fall but they would have never been able to support the weight of my car and thus I would have ended up at the bottom of the ravine, likely in pretty bad shape and out of sight of the road.  Call it what you want but I call it luck.

So tomorrow, I get to wake up again at 5am and do it all over again.  I just love working for a company that doesn’t care what happens to you on your way to work, only that you get there on time.  Like I said in my previous post, I’m about done risking my life just to get to work and sit on my ass because EVERYONE in their right mind is at home and not out driving in the first place.   This is the reason I need to be closer to town.  This is the reason I will not be saying at this house past August of this year.




9 02 2008

Seems all I do on this blog is complain.  Oh well, this is my outlet to bitch since I’m too nice to actually hit you in the face.  Up here in the north woods we are hunkering down for another winter event.  More 50mph winds and blizzard conditions and yet again I get to wake up at 4AM so I can allow 2 hours to get to work on time.  This is why I am moving closer to town after this lease is up.  Not only are the people who live out this way HORRIALBE drivers (more on that in a minute), I have to get up way too early to get to work.  When you get up at 5AM, drive 2 hours to work, THEN work a 12 hour shift, drive another 2 hours home (assuming the bad weather has not changed but only gotten worse) thats 16 hours I have tied up in a day where I might only see 5 people in my department at work.  NOT WORTH IT.  I need the sleep.

Back to the dip shit fucking drivers up here.  Right now the roads are all passable but all the intersections everywhere are solid ice.  I’m driving down 669 towards Maple City and out of nowhere this jackass in a WHITE MINI VAN races up to the stop sign sliding most of the way up to it and nearly into the intersection.  It’s past 5PM and he/she/it IS DRIVING WITH THEIR LIGHTS OFF, no turn signal indicating which way they are going, talking on a cell phone, kids UNBUCKLED in the back seat far to young to NOT be in a car seat.  This driver scares the piss out of the guy I’m following and then has the audacity to glare at me as I drive by next as if this person is somehow better than everyone else on earth.   He/She/It peels out behind me, clearly out of control on the ice and not going anywhere at all becuase like I said the intersections are all solid ice and that van wobbles back and foth a bit and eventually catches up to my bumper.  So for the next 5 miles up to Maple City this van is riding my ass, again with no lights, he/she/it clearly more concerned about her fucking phone conversation than about the kids in the back seat of her/his car.  I keep my distance from the guy in front of me because I know that as soon as we get to the stop light in Maple City there are going to be problems.

I slow way down mainly to piss this person off at this point.  We roll into maple city and I’ve been able to pull ahead several feet by  this point.  The guy in front of me slides right through the intersection but maintains control of his car and continues on.  Fortunately, the other people one the road are paying attention.  I was going slow enough to come to stop at the light and then I proceed on.  The WHITE MINI VAN screams up to the light, hits the break to stop, slides right through the intersection, spins around in the road and ends up on the OTHER side of the road facing the WRONG WAY.  STUPID FUCKER.  I got a laugh out of it, I don’t know what happend after that, he/she/it didn’t follow me the rest of the way home.

Now you wonder why I’ve taken the time to write this all out.  THIS IS BUT ONE EXAMPLE OF HUNDREDS OF DIP SHIT DUMBASS DRIVERS IN LEELANAU COUNTY.


Driving is a privilge, it should be harder to get a license, and it should be a LOT harder to keep it once you get one.  I’d like to see mandatory classes every 10 years for ALL drivers to keep their licenses and if poor driving skills are demonstrated, that jumps to classes every year before you can renew your tags.  YOU fuck ups are the reason I have to pay out my ass for insurance.  You can bet that if there were consequences for poor driving people would take the responsibility a LOT more seriously than they do.  I think it’s just fucking funny because I went to the Sears driving school.  Pay $200 for a 2 week class and bang you are done.  I consider myself a good driver, knowledgeable, able to read conditions, and I know what it means to be a responsible driver.  Most of my peers and really most everyone else has spent nearly an ENTIRE SEMESTER in their public school taking drivers ed and they SUCK.  How can you have MORE time to practice and learn than me and SUCK so bad at driving?????

Are you bad drivers because you are living examples of the picture below????



3 02 2008

Finally, a copy of the Rutter Requiem has surfaced on YouTube that is not utterly tragic.  Those of you with high speed connections will be able to listen to this, the rest of you, just think back to my days at GVSU when our top choir tried doing this for a PBS television show.  We did it and it exemplified the difficulty of the piece and the reason it should only be attempted with care.  That’s not a slam on the music program at GVSU (hey, you can only work with what you have right?).  Just enjoy.  Like I’ve said before here, I am not a huge fan of John Rutter but there are certain things I do like one of them being that he has the ability to truly challenge not just a choir but also a director.  This piece, due to the changes in time, is quite difficult to direct correctly.  I had to do some of this on one of my conducting exams.


3 02 2008

 ummmmmm  DUH!!!

Wine List

2 02 2008

OK, one more post for today. I’ve had this bookmarked in my favorites now for a while and I’ve been meaning to get it posted to this blog. Since I live in wine country up here in Leelanau, this is appropriate for you lovers of the grape to consider. Which one is your favorite???

ASSOCIATED PRESS RELEASE (ripped off from THIS web site)

PLANT CITY, FL (AP) – Some Wal-Mart customers soon will be able to sample a new discount item — Wal-Mart’s own brand of wine. The world’s largest retail chain is teaming up with E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto, Calif., to produce the spirits at an affordable price; in the $6-8 range. While wine connoisseurs may not be inclined to throw a bottle of Wal-Mart brand wine into their shopping carts, there is a market for cheap wine, said Kathy Micken, professor of marketing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., “There is wine in a box that people are willing to buy,” she said, “….the right name is important.”

The top 15 suggested names for Wal-Mart Wine:

15. Box O’ Grapes
14. Chateau Traileur Doublewide
13. White Trashfindel
12. Big Red Gulp
11. Grape Expectations
10. NASCAR Bernet
9. Domaine Wal-Mart “Merde du Pays”
8. Chef Boyardeaux
7. Peanut Noir
6. Blue Light Special Nun
5. Chateau des Merdeface
4. Martha Stewart’s Sour Grapes
3. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vinegar!
2. World Championship Wriesling

And the number 1 name for Wal-Mart Wine…

1. Nasti Spumante

New Theme Time

2 02 2008

I’ve decided that because it’s a new year, it’s time for a new theme!  Just a reminder for those of you out there who don’t like change.  My ADD requires me to change things CONSTANTLY.  Get used to it.

Finally Saturday

2 02 2008

Well it’s finally Saturday!  I’m sitting here at the computer in the Eskimo blanket mom got for me the other day trying to keep warm.  It’s cold up here this weekend!  I think the only real news I have is that Jirar is coming home tomorrow for a couple days and even though I have to work most of the time he is home, I am looking forward to some productive time together.  By the way, I appreciate all the concern and interest from friends and family, I know it’s a little more drama than you are used to from us but we’ll get past it eventually.  Just hold tight for a while, I’ll let people know what they need to know when they need to know it.

I’ve had some drama lately at work too.  Not sure if is just a reflection of my attitude about life right now or if the people around me are just getting dumber and dumber.  It might be a combination of both.  I’ve had a short fuse for stupidity lately at work and have been fairly negative with certain people.  In the circles that matter, this attitude works becuase it elevates my ability to show leadership skills.  In the circles where it doesn’t matter, it just adds drama to my day.  The short of is it that I just don’t have time to deal with dip shits whether it is a customer or a team member.  I will gladly spend hours with you if you are a customer with questions which are at least related to the reason I punch in every day.  I don’t give a shit about your personal lives, REALLY I DON’T!  I don’t want to hear about your dog, or your cat, or your blind and deaf sister-in-law who wants a discount because of her disability.  DON’T WASTE MY TIME.  I have to be focused on people who are going to BUY SOMETHING not those of you who are just killing time or window shopping.  This economy fucking SUCKS and since I’m the only one in my department half the time, that means I HAVE to make my sales goals somehow.  That is what I’m getting paid to do.  It’s too bad there are a number of team members (not in my department thank God) who fail to understand the single most important reason they are there: TO SELL!  Anyhow, that was a long rant.  I don’t think certain people like that I’ve been rather cocky lately at work.  Maybe it’s because those certain people know I have the ability to get promoted and become their boss someday and they don’t possess the skill to go that far.  Oh well, I don’t care.

Found some more pictures that I’m going to post here.  Seems I’m not the only one who thinks Traverse City is a little bit of a HICK town!  Got some web sites from co-workers where some of these pics are from.  Enjoy!

Short Bust
This bus is far to clever to be from a red neck.
I about died when I saw this one.  I could see this one on nearly every house up here.  We have plenty of hunters around here who would take out a deer just to make this doorbell!
The title here says it all.  Thank God my snow plow service doesn’t look like this one!
 Finally, (hide the children) This is just plain funny.  Not really redneck but close enough.  I about fell out of my chair.