November 22, 2010

Snopocalypse Smites Seattle

Give us one or two inches of blowing snow in Seattle and it all grinds to a halt. A rolling, sliding, slowly colliding halt.

[2008 stupidity now being repeated across city.]

Then, if it doesn't melt away on it's own by the morning, the entire city calls in dead.

Meanwhile, the Seattle PI, once a proud newspaper and now just a web site with a bad attitude, has it's way with those few Seattlites who still look to it for news and local color:


Yup, once those old-fashioned journalistic ethics and standards go away they never come back.

Posted by Vanderleun at November 22, 2010 10:06 PM
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And I thought Atlanta freaked out when it snows...

Posted by: Obi's Sister at November 23, 2010 5:15 AM

I love the photo title: "Stupid Motherf*kers"

Sure sets the tone for such a fine institution as the PI...

Posted by: Another Old Navy Chief at November 23, 2010 5:55 AM

I'd laugh, but I'm pretty sure Arizona would be just as bad if we got two inches of snow. And we don't have any hills to use as an excuse.

Posted by: Julie at November 23, 2010 7:25 AM

Backstory of Stupididity:

That was the year the mayor decided to not sand because it would hurt the Puget Sound environmentally. That would be the same Puget Sound that is made of salt water.

Posted by: KCK at November 23, 2010 8:12 AM

I winced only a bit, but that was no fail, Gerard. That was a smashing success. That car hit everything forward, backward and both sides.

Posted by: Jewel at November 23, 2010 8:13 AM

I winced only a bit, but that was no fail, Gerard. That was a smashing success. That car hit everything forward, backward and both sides.

Posted by: Jewel at November 23, 2010 8:13 AM

I thought it was salt the mayor didn't want to use. Also, putting rubber extensions on the plows so as not to hurt the pavement.
Something nice and compassionanate and liberal and green and democrat.

Posted by: Richard Aubrey at November 23, 2010 11:00 AM

Julie: I don't know what you're talking about with "two inches of snow". Here in Scottsdale, everybody panics when there's a quarter inch of rain and the streets get all slick... although much of the panic, of course, is due to the idiots who don't stop driving like idiots in those conditions.

Posted by: Jake Was Here at November 23, 2010 12:15 PM

Richard, of course it was salt. My bad. He didn't want to add salt to the Sound.

Any chief executive who did something like that would be fired, and possibly sued for damages to boot.

Posted by: KCK at November 23, 2010 12:38 PM

Jake - good point. There are few things more annoying than getting stuck on the freeway here in a light drizzle; half the people drive at half speed as though the slightest wrong move will fling them to their doom, while the other half try to cruise by at about 80.

Posted by: Julie at November 23, 2010 1:16 PM

Well, it wasn't snow what did me in last year, but black ice.

Posted by: Jewel at November 23, 2010 2:44 PM

Yeah, that looks more like ice in the video. Snow was falling, but it takes a layer of ice to make a car go sideways.

Once I was in a van with a bunch of people on Philadelphia's Schuylkill Expressway during an ice storm. We knew the conditions were treacherous and were creeping along. We came upon a woman whose car was sitting sideways in the road, helplessly spinning her wheels. Being the good Samaritans that we were, we stopped and a bunch of us piled out to give her a push. One girl got out ahead of me. She took two or three steps, then hit a slick spot and her legs went out from under her and she fell on her ass. I was a step or two behind her, hit the same spot, and had the same result. Eventually we did get the lady in the car straightened out and on her way.

Posted by: rickl at November 23, 2010 4:49 PM

I used to pay to watch the demolition derby. You Seattle folks just go for it in public - pretty cool.

Posted by: Chester at November 23, 2010 7:07 PM

ricki, my arse hurts just seeing that in my head. It isn't for nothing that they call it the Sure-Kill Expressway.

Posted by: Jewel at November 23, 2010 8:50 PM

I believe that video was actually from Portland (our equally ditzy southern neighbor), but it just as easily could have been Seattle. The best car videos from this storm have featured Metro buses spinning out of control down narrow Green Lake arterials.

Posted by: Soviet of Washington at November 24, 2010 12:47 AM

All that was missing was the sounds one hears when playing a pinball machine.

Posted by: Guy S at November 24, 2010 8:09 PM

Looking forward to tomorrow. I have a 250 mile drive to do with freezing rain and snow in the fore cast. Its the first drive of the season for me. Looking at that video.. Yikes!!!! It takes an attitude adjustment for us Canadians and I know a few of us will be skidding, sliding and ditching it before we get our winter wheels under us.

Posted by: Circe at November 25, 2010 6:49 PM

Soviet of Washington, you're right on both counts... that is Portland and it is at least as ditzy here as in Seattle. The video proves the point. That's the intersection of SW 20th and Salmon and both streets are very steep; so steep, in fact, that only a fool or a liberal - but I repeat myself - would even attempt to navigate either of them in the snow.

Posted by: Mike at November 25, 2010 10:54 PM

Tsk, tsk. Two examples of incorrect punctuation? Gerard, you never!

Posted by: Kiki at November 28, 2010 9:53 AM