Monday, February 13, 2006

Yesterday


I didn't work last night for blizzard reasons. I initially considered trying to pull off at least part of a shift, but when I realized I had no way of getting to the garage since my car was completely buried, I said forget it. Besides, this is what part of my street looked like from my kitchen window before the storm was even over:



In other news, I'm going away this week to visit my 95-year-old grandmother. New York Hack will have to be neglected while I'm gone as I don't think I'll have easy access to the internet around there. I am turning this "Comment Moderation" thing on for while I'm gone, just so you know, so your comments will appear on the site eventually, just not right away. I'll be back to work Sunday night so check back after that if you want.

61 comments:

stephanie_in_mass said...

Enjoy your break and give lots of love to your grandmother. I drove in the storm...it was not that bad but a couple of New Jersey drivers slid off the rode...hahahaha.

Take Care,
Stephanie

itsybitsygod said...

I walked to Wawa for smokes when the snow stopped and almost got knocked down by a fishtailing cab. Good idea not going to work. And we didn't even get as much as you guys (only 11").
Gently hug Nana for us and have fun.

AWE said...

Wow, what a storm. I heard that you guys got hit pretty hard, but I didn't imagine that much.

Linda said...

California girl here again, I feel for you! I spent one super cold winter in Denver Co when the whole city was shut down. Stay safe...

Dogbait said...

No snow here. I'm working in 90F today in Down Under!

robert from delaware said...

yeah did some four-wheeling in my wifes new gmc van,its got all-wheel drive, pretty neat for a micro van. enjoy your break, it'll give me time to catch up on your past blogs, i've been moving to a new apartment and finally settled in. heard its a bitch finding a decent one up there, like you have to be on a mile long list or wait for someone to die to get in, or is that just TV. anyway a 3-bedroom down here is a hot commodity apparently, took us over a month to set up. whats your place like? not a bad view for brooklyn, from your shot. anyway, talk back atcha later,peace.

jMon said...

Funny... I used to live in Brooklyn, many years ago. I now live on a mountain in Northern Virginia and have a beautiful view of the valley below and the mountains in the distance. Your pictures of Brooklyn in the snow leave me feeling nostalgic.

Anonymous said...

o_0

MTM said...

UP I HAD 27" in West Hartford!!
I couldn't see my CAR...
Have a great trip..

Colorado said...

We have been pretty lucky in Denver, very dry and mild, all the snow is trapped by the mountains, which makes for great skiing! 55degrees today,
God bless your Grandmother, 95 wow!

NorthwestDude said...

Wow-it was really chunckin'.

Anonymous said...

We got about 26 inches of snow in Bayside, Queens. Year in and year out, SUV and van drivers barrell down the street like it's their own personal playground. Yesterday, I saw a SUV refuse to stop even though there were children playing in the snow on the street. Mind you it's a residential neighborhood and it's not unusual to have kids play in the street. The driver and his passenger just stuck their heads out yelling at the kids while refusing to brake, and narrowly missing the kids who scrambled up a pile of snow for safety. Oh, and they were going down the wrong way on a one way unplowed street. If I were not exhausted from 3 hours of shoveling, I would have thrown my shovel through their windsheild. Why these morons had to venture out in weather like this is baffling; do they think a large truck will compensate for a small tool ?

jusbeinapain said...

Smart lady staying off the roads,I drive 18 wheeler and my dispatcher sent me right into the teeth of that bitch of a storm to Albany,being the dumass I can be I went.Enjoy the time off kiss your Grams for us all,and whats wrong with the roads in Brooklyn besides the fact you can hide small cars inside some of the pot holes their beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather New York's snow than the arctic wind we've been getting in Chicago lately. Good luck digging out. We know how you feel.

jersey girl in Freehold said...

It really is a funny thing but if you drive the Garden State Parkway like I do, it is the New York drivers who slide off of the roads or spin out in front of me because they think it isn't snowing! BoooHoooHooo

ramblingmuse said...

The storm looks brutal! Thank goodness I'm in sunny California!

Have a good trip! Enjoy your time with your grandma!

Andrea said...

First off, your blog is so interesting to read! And you definitely made the right choice not traveling, imo. As for me, well, I certainly had an interesting time of the snowstorm...my friends and I had tickets to see RENT for Sunday, of all days, and we decided to go from LI despite our parents warnings. Well, long story short as I'm sure you know it, we got stuck in the city with no trains back. I ended up staying overnight at a relative's, my friends made it back from Jamaica...but boy, what a time that was. My first time in the city without parents, too!

Solution Provider said...

When your car's door locks are frozen, you can pee on them to warm them up and defrost them. Of course it's easier if you're a guy.
Maybe your friend Billy could have helped you on that one?

John M said...

Gone for a week????? I don't recall all of us giving permission for that. It's like a drug... I need my fix, man... come on... just a small dose... one small posting... please...

Oh well, guess guilt won't work on you!

Thanks for doing what you do and have a great break with your grandma! Don't bring her out partying too much! :)

Cheers
John
Montreal, Quebec

mysteryfan said...

Holy sh*t! You guys really got nailed with the snow!

K. Carter said...

4 years ago here in Raleigh , NC we had 26" Ive lived in NC all my life and have NEVER seen that much snow at once. Best part was I was driving a 65' Chevy Corvair at the time and it was the BEST snow car i ever drove. No one could get out of my apt parking lot but me. Here in Raleigh it snows about once every 2 years (so 26" was damn amazing)

postjosh said...

hot water or coffee works as well as pee, and there is no gender disadvantage. enjoy your grandma!

Catherine said...

I'm from outback New South Wales, Australia and am thoroughly enjoying your stories and adventures. Of course I haven't been to NY before, and totally don't understand why you name your streets after numbers, but I definately love hearing about all the weird and wonderful people and personalities you pick up.

I've been watching the news about the snow (blizzards?) over there, and I just thought I'd rub in the fact that its summer here and a lovely 36 degrees celcius (96.8 fahrenheit) today. Cooler than usual, but lovely none the less.

Have a good trip, and I look forward to reading more of your blogs when you get back to work.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your visit with your grandmother. You are very lucky to still have her at 95!

Anonymous said...

Another Montrealer here: Love you blog and wish you a good trip to Grandma's. Drive carefully if that's how you are going and come back soon.

AP in Montreal

Anonymous said...

global warming makes the snow worse in some places :<

Karyn said...

Would have liked to have that much snow, maybe they would cancel classes...keep dreaming, I know. NC will never see that much snow...

Momma-rama said...

That's a bitchin snow storm! We don't get snow like that here in the Pacific Northwest. Just rain by the foot. Have a nice time off!

Gailny said...

I live in Northern New York, near the St. Lawrence River. Every once in a while, I have trouble with frozen locks too. My solution is to rinse out and refill an empty beverage bottle with hot water and pour that around the lock and/or frozen door edges. It works for me, hope you dont need to go through that again. Gailny

Patrick said...

I know all about snow, Winnipeg MB Canada here...we had a lot about a week ago, maybe 4 inches...I love your site...awesome read

The Gankledorf said...

No snow here down in Austin, TX....enjoy your trip to see Grandma...fo shizzle...

Ed B. said...

I feel left out: we only got like one inch of snow in Missouri.
I would have gave anything to get enough snow for me to miss work for a day.
Oh well. Glad to hear you're safe. Enjoy your trip!

wojo said...

THANK YOU!!
I find all you post very refreshing.Being transplanted to Fl, the snow is just a memory.Also i check your blog almost daily since i found it from the news on Yahoo,an go through withdrawles when you don't post. :) Have a safe trip n say Hi! Grandma.
wojo

iloveshiner said...

I randomly found your post when I was creating my own blog on blogger.com. I looked over to the right (I think) and saw "recommended blogs" or something like that. Being from Texas, I think your blog is hilarious. Never been to NY, so it's fun to live vicariously through you and read about all of the characters you meet. Thanks for the laughs!

Cecely said...

about a foot here in the other brooklyn that would be in maryland
thank good i did not have to drive i am done driving my cab in snow storms and hurricans. i am off on the weekends. It is a good thing you didn't have to work it can be a real mess

Steve said...

It was tough for us here in San Diego, too...my convertible top takes a long time to go back up after driving along the ocean.

~A~ in Midtown East said...

As a former upstate girl who has recently moved here I couldn't help but laugh as I saw the "city folk" reactions to all the snow. I've seen more, and driven in more, regularly when I was younger. For a tough group of people the NYC people can't handle winter worth a crap!

At least its melting quick!

SJ said...

that is one crzy-ass snow storm. it was a good idea that u didn;t go out. i live in chicago and we got alittle snow, but nowhere's near as much as NY did. enjoy your visit grandma.

and keep up the great writning with this blog

Scott said...

We shall miss you but your grandmother comes first. I stocked up, stayed in, and pretended I was in Utah.

Anonymous said...

Just caught you on your 15 minutes of fame. Enjoy your blog and can relate. Being retired trucker and disabled people mover. You may have seen MV Transport vehicles in your travels. Anyway seems like somebody should shame Billy into cleaning up his act. Girl Watcher

nyheyman said...

I love your stories about New York. I moved away years ago and reading what you write makes me miss it. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

95 years old? gosh!

god bless!

Eitak & Nairb said...

Awesome blog I love reading about the New York life! It is so different from my days in the midwest. I read it every chance I get! If you want to read about my boring life and possibly be offended politically, you should come to my blog: http://eitaksdl.blogspot.com/

Later, keep it real!

Daisy said...

I hit ice and lost control once, too. It's pretty incredible, that feeling as you watch the car do what it wants to do. I could have killed the people who were standing about after THEIR car had slid off the road. I could have smashed up the front of my car, or my dental work on which I'd just spent $4000.

Anonymous said...

MP
Off for a week? How will we get through it? Ha. If your grandmothers age is any indication I hope you are prepared for many more of those wonderful snow storms!
Love to read your stuff!
It is really now a habit. (good habit, at that.)
From the Dakotas,
Jewels

Mags said...

Being that I don't have taxi's where I live, I didn't ever consider those of you who take the risk to drive in those conditions...

I'm sorry for that and am sure that there are tons of people who do appreciate it.

Glad you decided to stay home, and were safe!

Anonymous said...

hey, yea. i knw what u r talkin about. i live on a ranch in the middle of no-where in montana..the closest town to us is 49 miles away, and it only has 200 people in it..we got 16''inches yesterday..wow...man, it was bad..and we are suposed to get more! o-well..i have been to brooklen o loved it. be nice to your grandma..my grandpa is 101 in 2 weeks, and he is very fragile! and he is still in his right mind, and walking. he wants to keep working on the ranch but, or corse, he can't. lol. have a good trip. Joel

Anonymous said...

Hello! This is my first visit to your page. Being a lifetime pedestrian, I find your point of view interesting. (I am a licensed driver but I've never owned a car.)

I have some tipping questions.
On a $13 fare, what would you consider a reasonable tip? What if the fare is $15? Or $7?

Basically I am wondering if my scale of tipping (about 10-15%) is appropriate. I tip $1 for fares that are below $11 and $2 for fares that are below $20. I tip $5 for a trip to the airport regardless of fare if there is baggage involved.

Of course, if the cabbie doesn't argue with me and takes the most logical and direct route without me having to intervene, I would tip accordingly.

Thanks for your feedback. I will check back to see if you've answered my question.

Anonymous said...

BUrrr! looks cold! too bad it's about 70 degrees here in california. LOL! hey I relly like you blog, i saw a video about your web site on the internet and had to check it out, hope you keep it up! Have fun with your grandma, and be safe.

LATER!!

greg said...

You live in a NYC apartment and you own a car? Where do you find parking?

Anonymous said...

Shit.

A week.

how in hell are we supposed to survive!?

I just found this a couple of days ago, so I started back at the beginning, and have read it all, including all the comments. I'm finished now, and ready for new stuff.

You need a laptop so you can blog from grannie's.

Hope you are having a good break.

PS: Hi to Granny Hack.

tRaeR said...

not a healthy looking snow "attack" that lol. i thought the weather here was being bad, guess not - there is always someone/somewhere worse of ;)

Victor P. said...

Hey Girl...This is Victor in Montana, living in the Bitterroot Valley..with NO snow!! Surprised? I own a Taxi Company (Valley Taxi), by the way, it's for sale! Want to leave the NY rat race? Stop by and visit on your next vacation.

Tommy Lane said...

I drove for a car service for 11 years in many snow storms and it can be either fun or difficult. Of course, the law of averages increase for accidents and I had a couple of those too.

It's also true that the worst part of your shift is getting home. It can take forever.

Have a great time at Grandma's.

Tom

ShantyIrish said...

I've really enjoyed reading this. My SO drove for 30 years in Atlanta. Here it's mostly dispatched, not so many flags, so you get get to know folks and be a part of their lives if you do it for any amount of time. Your pictures are great.

ShantyIrish said...

I really enjoyed reading this. My SO drove here in Atlanta for 30 years. Traffic's bad here too, but they're dispatched, so you don't get all the flags...unless you want to. Your pictures are great. Take care of yourself.

clamrock said...

HI M.P... YOU DESERVE A BREAK .....HOPE YOU ENJOY SOME ..GOOD REST.GOOD FOOD...AND GRANDMOTHER WILL BE THE GOOD COMPANY....WILL LOOK FOR YOU AFTER SUNDAY.TAKE CARE......TRACKER

Beauty said...

Whoa! looks insane. Down here in southern good ol' AB, we definitely aren't seeing the inches you are.

Have a great holiday.

Enjoyed the blog, it's great! :)

Library said...

I miss snow days,
and I also miss New york,
Hope I have the chance to come back there, have the exprience of snowstorm

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa I've never been to new York I'am from washington state north of Seattle it sounds like you need to get a 4x4,I've just started reading your colum even though I've had your web site # here on my desk at work for quite sometime.have fun on your break.

P.S I'll think of you when I'am snowmobiling this weekend a great way to get around. see yehhh Bob

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa sounds like you need a 4x4 that's the way we get around in the winter in washington state I live N.of Seattle and have just started reading your colum even though I've had your site # for awhile now.have a great time off.

P.S I'll think of you this weekend when I'am snowmobiling see yeahhh Bob from Washington