I lived in Utah and Wyoming for a good... 7 years? That's about right. I lived on the north side of a mountain for a good year of that time, at about 5000 feet. Snow and ice were present for a good 2/5 of the year, if not longer. I was taking care of my grandma, who had had a debilitating stroke and needed round the clock care, so if we needed to get out, there was no other option. Besides, all of those people up in the mountains had their cars outfitted with snow tires, ice chains, etc, because to not meant you were trapped in your house until Spring Thaw. You learned to drive in bad weather, in other words.
The most frightening experience of my life, and seriously, EVERYTHING pales in comparison, and that includes emergency surgery for my child, was having to drive home over the Point of the Mountain in a white out, because I couldn't leave my Grandma home alone. I had been in SLC in a typical snow storm getting supplies, etc., and knew that I had to head out and get back to her home in Lehi before nightfall. Seems like a good thousand other cars thought the same thing. (Geographically speaking, Lehi is a 'burb of Provo, south of SLC, for those who care.)
The Point of the Mountain is essentially a four lane stretch of highway with no guardrails that wraps around.... wait for it... the point of the Traverse mountain (Wasatch Front) that divides Lehi from Draper. (Remember in Big Love when Bill said something about that big federal building in Draper? That's coming up.) It's actually a famous site among para gliders, because it's ALWAYS WINDY LIKE A MOFO there. Good for paragliding, scary as shit for a Texan driving in a blizzard. The north-bound side hugs the mountain side. The south-bound side (where I was) hugs thin air. And there's a good 1500 foot drop waaaaaaaay down to the valley below, and that valley is filled with razor wire fences, because that valley also is the site for the Federal Penitentiary, where Ted Bundy was incarcerated. Fun little fact for you.
So. It's about 6:30pm, and as I climb the highway up to the point, I slow to a crawl of 10mph because I literally cannot see my headlights, the snow is so thick. And if I can't see my headlights, that means I can't see the road. And if I can't see the road... You see where I'm going, I'm sure. Good, because I couldn't. Now, I had driven that route so many times you have that feeling that "I know where the turn is, I know where blah blah blah" but when you can't see it? GAH.
Oh, and for those of you thinking, "Well, why didn't you just pull over?" AND WHERE WOULD I, I ask. On that edge with no barrier? The edge I couldn't see? And what made it more fun was that cars were passing me left and right, because I guess they all had sonar built in their cars, I have no idea. I had a big Semi blaze past me, blaring its horn for me going so slowly. OH I AM SO SORRY, Mr. WHITE KNIGHT OF THE ROAD. A 10 minute drive took me well over an hour, and my poor Grandma was sitting up in the kitchen, terrified that I had been killed. I just inched along that road correcting my trajectory anytime the wind blew enough snow around that I could see the road.
Completely white, the air, the road, everything, it was like I had been sucked into the monolith of 2010.
White-knuckles, man. I have also been driven off the highway in Arizona by a trucker who didn't stop and put on his mandatory snow-chains, and skidded out on the highway (where he was EASILY going over 70mph) and fortunately drove into a snow-filled ditch. I'm anti-trucker in inclement weather, I'll just put that out there.
I've got a pot of 15 bean soup with andouille sausage, shredded chicken, veggies, and a pan of cornbread in the oven for us to snack on all day. This is when an Apocalypse Pantry is your best friend, I could make meals for DAYS. YAY!
For those who follow them, my latest recap for Jersey Shore is up at Hey, Don't Judge Me. And any future TV recaps/reviews will go up there from this point forward, that includes Big Love. You know what would be great? If you added it to your reader, then you'll always know when something new is up. :)
OK, I think we're going to have a round of Guitar Hero to keep us all from going stir-crazy. YAY VIDEO GAMES.
Oh, lastly! That movie I filmed last summer with Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development) WUSS is having its official premiere at SXSW this March, so that makes two of my films in the festival. NICE.