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not even kidding
omg this city.

The local schools have been closed for two days. Look out the window, there's nothing. There's a tiny patch or two of slush on the hill behind our house, and the roads are wet from rain and slight sleet, but that's it.

But everything SHUTS DOWN.

I'm from the midwest, so I remember going to school in a foot of snow. If you even say the word snow down here, everyone panics. (D and I went to Publix Saturday night to pick up a couple things, and it looked like Fallout in there.)

And this happens every year. We don't get a lot of snow or anything, but at least once a winter, we'll get "enough" ice that everyone freaks out about the roads. I don't know why they don't invest in proper winter road equipment, like salting trucks or whatever. Down here they put sand on the roads. That does nothing.

But the thing is, UAB is supposed to have classes today after being closed yesterday. But D's been following his email all day, and the women in his class tonight have all been whinging about the roads and asking the professor to reschedule class because OMG WHAT ABOUT OUR PERSONAL SAFETY. D thinks it's completely ridiculous, but the avalanche (see what I did there?) of email in the poor professor's inbox apparently was convincing enough to get her to cancel and reschedule class. Now D is pissed because he's going to have to make this up EVEN THOUGH IT'S PERFECTLY FINE OUT.

If this were some rare occurrence, I could maybe understand. But this happens every winter, and every time, people act like it's never been icy before.

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7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
amazonqueenkate From: amazonqueenkate Date: January 11th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
We got about 9 inches here in Topeka yesterday and you would think that it was the biggest blizzard ever told. School was cancelled, businesses closed, even the university closed up shop early. In Illinois, the only snow days I ever got (two in a row) was when we had a true blizzard and got something like 25 inches of snow. You suck it up and trudge out into the weather anyway.

But yesterday, when the Dean of the law school sent an e-mail that basically said, "Unless conditions get a lot worse we're not cancelling the first day of classes even if the university stays closed" (keep in mind, the actual university doesn't resume until next week, we're the only ones in session), everyone was in an uproar. The snow had stopped at that point! What, did they think the snowbanks were going to leap up and start devouring their cars whole?

So annoying. Suck it up and, if you can't, make the judgement call not to be there. As a grown up.

Everyone should be required to learn how to drive in snow and ice. AS CERTIFICATION FOR HUMANITY.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 11th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, in Indiana, we pretty much went to school no matter what. It had to be end-of-days bad before our district would close.

If a person doesn't want to drive on potentially icy roads, that's their call, but to flood the class email/messageboard with "pls cancel because omg ice" until the professor relents is beyond the pale. It's just... the nerve of people. It would never occur to me to do that. If school's open, you go. You don't whine. (At least, not to the professor.)
amazonqueenkate From: amazonqueenkate Date: January 11th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, that's exactly where I am on it too. I mean, if you really feel uncomfortable driving in a condition, it's totally within your right to decide not to drive, but you don't get to try to bully or whine your way into making the authority agree with you. Especially in a graduate school situation, because by then? You're old enough to accept the consequences of missing a class. That's really nervy and just -- rude! Ugh, I would never pull that shit. Ever.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 11th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. I asked D if the people complaining were young (not that they'd be excused), but he said no, it's grown-ass people complaining. Unbelievable.
amazonqueenkate From: amazonqueenkate Date: January 12th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
See, that doesn't surprise me. In both undergrad and now, it was always the non-trads who expected to be treated like special snowflakes and be thoroughly catered to. There were only two or three of them in my undergrad classes but now, where about 25% of my law class is 5+ years out of undergrad (and several are second-career students in their later 30s/40s with families and such)? We're constantly getting people who are wiggling around the rules or trying to get special mandates just for them. The young ones are still afraid of trying to tell professors what to do or wiggle their ways around the system; not the older students!

(And I swear to you, if the woman who is 15 minutes late to every class with the excuse she "had to deal with something for her kid" keeps it up this semester, I am going to light her on fire. But professors let it away with it. Because oh, you have a kid, you are balancing so much. How about "get your shit together and stop expecting special treatment"? Sigh.

Sorry. End rant!)
serena_b From: serena_b Date: January 14th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny because the same thing happens here in MD and we get snow much more often, at least four times a winter, and every four or so years we get a blizzard (or like last year, 3 blizzards). The panic is hilarious considering everyone should be used to it by now.

The only diff. is we over prepare, everyone's cars are covered with salt now along with the roads which have been clear since we got our two inches a few days ago.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 15th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think my favorite part is when they devote an entire newscast to people's reactions to the weather, and you see everyone with their tiny tiny little snowmen. I mean, you'd have to gather up all the snowfall in your yard to make one three apples high. That's not a blizzard!
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence