Snowed in in Oklahoma
As you may know, my father passed away nearly three weeks ago. We were supposed to have the memorial service and burial in his southwestern Oklahoma hometown today. However, any of you who are anywhere near this part of the world know that we have had sleet, freezing rain, and snow here starting yesterday afternoon. My mother made it out as far as El Reno, but stopped at a motel due to conditions. We drove here yesterday evening, and it was mostly fine until the end.
We watched some idiot woman in a Lexus spin crazily all over the highway, missing a bridge abutment by this much  (including swerving toward us the wrong way for a millisecond) ALL WHILE MAINTAINING HER CONVERSATION ON HER FREAKIN' CELL PHONE near the Cherokee casino. She paused briefly-- and then passed us again at twice the safe speed. What. An. Idiot. She looked at US in disbelief as in, "You have 4 wheel drive-- why are you being such babies?" I dunno, I have this irrrational attachment to keeping my car in one piece and my family safe, and NOTHING will help you drive in this stuff.
So the memorial service has been cancelled. Anyone who was planning to come -- forget it. There's black ice out there, friends, with another wave on the way. And the last thing in the world anyone wants is to be stuck in southwestern Oklahoma for a couple of unexpected days. Trust me. Even in GOOD weather, I always was grateful I had reading to fill my time when we used to visit this neck of the woods. That, and catching mountain boomers was about all the entertainment to be had.
So we'll just try to get this all put behind us later-- maybe spring or summer.