This article was written by our friend Ruth Chodniewicz. Ruth is a talented talent with many talents, one of them writing.
The Music City–not exactly New York or Chicago, but still a thriving metropolis in its own quirky, check-out-our-naked-statues kinda way. ¬†Nashville has what I like to call ‚Äúa bundle of potentiality.‚Äù ¬†Yeah, we‚Äôve got the music thing going for us.¬† But who cares how many treble clefs we have when we fall behind in basic, everyday areas like: our public transportation system (you can count the buses on one hand); road kill cleanup crews (just ask the dead raccoon that‚Äôs been laying at the end of my street for three weeks); and highway construction efficiency (two words: Briley Parkway). ¬†Common denominator?¬† Trouble on the roads. ¬†And as the temperature outside goes down‚Ä¶ things only get worse. ¬†For today, let‚Äôs forget the War on Terror. ¬†Forget Islamic insurgency in Somalia. ¬†Forget the possibility of nukes in Iran. ¬†Let‚Äôs focus on bigger problems‚ÄîSNOW FLURRIES.
Let me lead you through a typical snowstorm in Nashville–and I use the word ‚Äústorm‚Äù very, very lightly. ¬†It all starts with the dedicated weathermen…I mean, meteorologists…at News Channel 5–bless their hearts. ¬†Ron or Lelan stand in front of the magical green screen, magically showing a blizzard in Colorado or Connecticut. ¬†”There‚Äôs a 30% chance of snow flurries tomorrow.‚Äù ¬†Immediately the ticker lists school closings for the following day.¬† I grew up in Jersey (insert NJ Turnpike joke here), and we went to school in a foot of snow. ¬†Literally. ¬†I remember trekking to the bus stop in pink My Little Pony snow boots.¬† You‚Äôre telling me that Nashville Metro CANCELS school based on a slight CHANCE of flurries?!?!¬† Un-freakin-believable.¬† How do these kids ever pass 12th grade?¬†
Back to the story‚Ä¶ Suddenly, Home Depot and Kroger are flooded with customers.¬† The shelves are cleared of all bottled water, flashlights and generators.¬†¬†Ironically, this is usually when I get a craving for some Lucky Charms, but alas, there is no milk left in all of Middle Tennessee.¬† You see how this affects my life? ¬†What ensues after this is more of the same, plus really, really, REALLY bad driving.¬† Even before a flake falls from the sky, drivers are staring into the clouds yelling, ‚ÄúI think I see one!‚Äù¬† And then‚Ä¶ BAM!¬† Accident.¬† Or your neighbor rolls out with chains on the tires of his Benz.¬† Doesn‚Äôt quite handle the same, eh?¬† And then‚Ä¶ BAM!¬† Wreck.
So‚Ä¶ what to do?¬†¬†I offer this advice to all fellow Nashville residents as we begin these winter months: ¬†Stay off the road.¬† Seems a bit extreme?¬† Believe me.¬† This is not about you.¬† It‚Äôs about them.¬† I don‚Äôt care if you grew up in Siberia.¬† Just stay off the road.¬† DARE to say no.¬† Walk if you have to‚Ä¶ but not too close to the road.¬† There‚Äôs a 30% chance you‚Äôll get hit.¬† Close the sidewalks!