Love those 10 second green lights. Not. Although this might be a side effect of adaptive traffic light control and people leaving additional space between cars.
Despite the aggravation, the cockles of my sadistic heart are warmed by the sight of Seattle's coddled pedestrians trying to make a 10 second crossing, then slipping and falling on their ass.
"Snow is great if you have the privilege to interact with it selectively."
How well you understand me.
Snomicronageddon. A good time to stay inside. Guard the good wine and dark chocolate!
I can't imagine dealing with current Seattle traffic.
I don’t know what happened yesterday, but I-5 was a goddamn joke. Even at 3pm—a good 12 hours since the first flakes fell, and days since the forecast was quite solid about lowland snow—the main freeway through the center of the city, from downtown through the north end, hadn’t been plowed at all. Maybe the city thought the traffic alone would clear it out? There was compact snow and ice everywhere, with only occasional grooves in a lane or two. How is that even possible? It only snowed like five inches. This town fucking amazes me sometimes.
First of all: what, no Disqus? In my mind that's actually good. Now if we could just get rid of Disqus on the SL column and return to this format.
Okay, moving on.
Most of you car drivers may be aware of the following. But for those who are not, I hope this is helpful.
There are three basic types of car tires, broadly speaking: snow tires, all-season tires, and summer tires.
Snow tires are the best in winter conditions: snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures. They are optimized for these conditions.
All-seasons are not all that great in the snow, ice, and cold. They're a compromise. But, as long as they're not near the wear bars, you may be able to get by.
If you have summer tires, PARK THE CAR. DO NOT DRIVE IT until the sloppy conditions go away and the temperature goes above about 40 degrees, or until you install snow (ideal) or all-season tires. Driving in winter conditions with summer tires is DANGEROUS. You are creating a danger to yourself and others.
An example: with an AWD car I used to own, with the summer tires, it spun all four wheels in 1/4 inch of fresh powder, with the gentlest throttle I could use on a level road. With snow tires, I could literally plow the snow with the car's bumper. I could drive up and down hills in the snow. And more.
@5 Musicbiker: Agreed about the new DISQUS format used for Savage Love comments. For me, it's confusing, unfriendly, uninviting, and has suddenly become too privatized.
And good advice to drivers, too, about vehicle tires. I have a 70s Volkswagen that I store for the fall and winter months. Our I-5 driving days are long past for us, as mine is a stick shift that does not do well in bumper-to-bumper gridlock traffic. We do much better during the spring and summer months, especially on sunny convertible top down days.
Thank you for commenting, Musicbiker. I missed have you and others from the SL comment threads. I wonder if we can persuade Dan to change back to this original format?
@6: Aiiighhhh! Make that "I have missed you and others from the SL comment threads...."
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