Winter has arrived in Seattle


Wow, what a day yesterday was.  It started out typical.  I got up early.  I took the bus into downtown Seattle (south) where I work.  It was cold, but the streets were clear and so I proceeded to give my coworkers, who chose not to come in or come in late, a hard time about their wimpiness.  The day went fine and then I started to see the snow come down a bit heavier as the day went on.  By early afternoon, people were starting to get the idea that they might want to leave a bit earlier than usual to beat the rush and maybe get home at a reasonable time.  I didn’t end up leaving until 4 PM, which was a mistake.  I went out to the nearest bus stop with some of my coworkers and we waited out there for a while until we realized that no bus was coming anytime soon and that we might need to think about an alternate route home.  The traffic on 1st was already backing up as well, so it didn’t look good.  Luckily just a short walk away was a light rail option, so we went to that area and picked up the train into downtown where we were hoping we could grab our respective buses and get home sooner than later.  The light rail got us there quickly, but then a coworker who lives near me and I went to a bus stop to wait for our ride home.  One of our buses came by in about 1/2 an hour but it was standing room only by the time it got to us, so we opted to wait for the next one.  We already knew we were in for a long ride, so we figured that we should have a seat for that experience.  In the meantime, I saw a friend or two.  One who was able to head home on a different bus that arrived and left well before mine did.  Another friend was heading home on my bus.  So we waited and waited for a 1/2 hour more and another bus finally came.  My toes were pretty cold by this time.  We all got seats but we proceeded to sit in the bus for a while since the traffic was not moving by this time.  We got on the bus around 5:40 and by the time we finally pulled into our stop, it was 10:15.  That was a long time to be stuck on the freeway on a bus.  The riders were pretty good about it however.  We chatted and napped and texted our families and did our best to keep our cool while we watched the storm rage outside our bus and as we crawled our way home.  Conversations of how we might be able to handle going the bathroom either outside or inside the bus were starting to float around, but luckily we didn’t end up having to resort to any of those options.  We also wondered how much gas the bus had.  Well, we finally made it and the park and ride was covered in snow.  I had to scrape my car so I could drive and then lend my scraper to my coworker since he didn’t have one in his car.  Getting home in my car, which is not ready for snow, was a little precarious, but I made it home safely and was able to even get it parked in my driveway.  By that time I got the email from work that it would be closed just like the schools so that we could safely work from home rather than trying to trek it in.  Our city must look pretty desolate today after last night.  I doubt many people ventured out if they could help it.

winter image

my backyard

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