A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, February 18, 2006

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.



At 2/18/06, 12:53 PM, Blogger graycie said...

" . . . catching mountain boomers . . ." Explain, please; this is a new phrase for me.

At 2/18/06, 7:03 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Mountain boomers are small lizards indigenous to southern Oklahoma. They are very fast and their tails come off if you grab them there. so to catch one, you've gotta get it by the body. As a tomboy, catching these could eat up many hours.

At 2/19/06, 8:25 AM, Blogger Janet said...

The other day, when the snow had just started to fall, I watched an idiot speed across the Target parking lot.

Now in my opinion "speeding" and "parking lot" are never a good combination, but in bad weather with pedestrians swarming around everywhere? This has got to be the village idiot.

At 2/19/06, 3:35 PM, Blogger Dan Edwards said...

You ought to see California drivers in rain.....and people who should not be driving a donkey cart, much less a Ford Explorer....Its all just freeking crazy these days!

PS....I want a cell phone zapper! Think how much fun you could have!

At 2/20/06, 3:45 PM, Blogger graycie said...

You are clearly much kinder than I am. For years I have wanted a bazooka mounted on the top of my car, controlled by some sort of joystick thingie on my dash. Cantcha just see it? Pow! The shell speeds away from my little station wagon and Ka-BLAM the offender goes up into smithereens while my little car and I zoom through the flying debris! (Whew. I'd better go lie down.)

At 2/20/06, 5:31 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Hmmmm, I think the bazooka could work. You'd blast the idiots out of your path and keep yourself safe. I like it!

Perhaps if you could have a jamming device that would emit a piercing shriek through the cell phones; THAT would be fun.

But then again, the cell phone was just one part of the equation. What devices could we use to get plain ol' bad drivers out of our paths-- the people who think because they're in a 4WD or an 18 wheeler that they can go 80 mph right past us in the freezing rain...


At 2/24/06, 8:45 AM, Blogger graycie said...

I still want my bazooka.


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