Why I Hate Snow

There have been a lot of overly excited people in the Portland, Oregon area because it's getting cold enough to get some snow.

I hate snow.

"Why," you might ask, "would you hate such a wonderful cold-weather miracle as the beautiful new-fallen snow?"

First, I'm not an outdoor person. I don't like being cold. I don't like being wet. Snow is both. No fun.

Second, I'm not in grade school anymore. Snow does not somehow mean I get the day off. Even if it's so snowy and icy that my garage door is frozen shut and I can't possibly make it in to the office, I get to work at home (or I can take unpaid leave - thank you, no - or call in sick and waste a PTO day - again, no thanks). So snow doesn't mean "get out of work free."

Beyond that, though, the problem I have with snow is the driving. I, personally, have no issue driving in snow. I haven't had to do it much, admittedly, but when there's snow to drive in, I haven't had much problem. My car doesn't swerve out of control or slide across three lanes of traffic. The problem with the driving is the other drivers. This is Oregon, right? Rainy country? People in Oregon, surprisingly, have no idea how to drive in the rain. "Holy crap, it's raining, slam on the brakes!" If they can't drive in the rain, what do you think snow does?

Common sense goes out the window. The idea that you can't stop while going uphill because you'll never get started again doesn't occur to half the people. The other half drive as though it's perfectly dry conditions, going 70mph in the 55mph zone, and then wonder why they don't come out of the turn in the same lane they started the turn in. There's no concept of moderation while driving - there are only two speeds: fast and stop. No "taking it easy" because "taking it easy" ends up equating with "stop."

Oh, and don't get me started on the people with studded tires. Unless you live in a waaaay rural area, you don't need studs, folks. Seriously. I've never owned a pair of studded tires in Oregon and have never needed to. Driving around with studs on when it's a perfectly dry day or only rain (and that's all that's in the forecast)? Well, thanks to those folks for chewing up the road and unnecessarily wasting my tax dollars on road repair. Oh, and special thanks to the ones who drop studs from the tires because of the dry road conditions and later have those studs thrown up to ding my car or crack my windshield. I totally appreciate it.

Anyway, point being, snow = bad. You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.

posted on Thursday, December 01, 2005 8:47 AM | Filed Under [ General Ramblings ]


Gravatar # re: Why I Hate Snow
by snow sucks at 11/3/2007 4:05 PM
Yeah, snow sucks! I think that anyone who loves it should have their heads examined!
Gravatar # re: Why I Hate Snow
by snow is boring at 11/28/2007 4:11 PM
I hate snow too. It's not fun. It's cold and I have to come to lab everyday and back home in the midnight.
Gravatar # re: Why I Hate Snow
by Chubb at 12/3/2007 12:26 PM
I find it horribly depressing to be cold and constantly stressed and frustrated whenever you have to get anywhere in the winter. I hate you snow, i hope global warming kills you forever :)
Gravatar # re: Why I Hate Snow
by Stevie at 12/10/2007 7:01 PM
I only like snow if you can tobogan or snowboard in it =8]
Gravatar # re: Why I Hate Snow
by emily at 12/14/2007 11:43 AM
right on!!!
I hate snow too. It's cold and wet nad only causes trouble, and unlike you, when I was a kid my school never canceled when it snowed - 3 feet of snow, still go to school, then shovel the rest of the day. Currently live in Mass. but plan on moving to pheonix first chance i get. In the meantime I'm doing my part to promote global warming so snow goes away sooner
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