Monthly Archives: January 2014

Frozen in Birmingham

Have you seen all of the Facebook posts that pose this rhetorical question:  What did Birmingham do to make Elsa mad??

I feel so sorry for my fellow Alabamians who were stranded this week, especially the schools.  I’ve been on both sides of the desk in the schoolroom—as a teacher and as a student.  I can’t imagine being an exhausted teacher, responsible for those kids for the entire night.  I can’t imagine not being able to bathe after a whole day of school.  Nor could I imagine being a school child and having to spend the night with that same, haggard teacher.  These are kids who had to sleep without their parents kissing them goodnight. Kids who had to sleep without their favorite Teddy bear and fluffy pillow.  
 
I can only imagine being one of the moms who couldn’t reach her children because of the frozen roads.  
 
Speaking of the roads…
 
I can’t tell you how many Facebook posts that I’ve seen which criticize us southerners about our mishandling of the situation.  People who roll their eyes at us and are self-satisfied with their own intellectual superiority and our lack thereof.
 
Let me explain…
 
Birmingham is the largest city in our state, and a sprawling one.  It takes about an hour to drive from its north to south end.  It’s not like people can just walk home from work.  It takes a long time.  Furthermore, the snow/ice storm (or whatever it’s supposed to be called) is a fluke.  We don’t have snow plows and piles of salt setting around on hand to pull out and make everything nice for everybody.  Now that would be a ridiculous waste of our tax moneys.
 
Third, this is a unique medium (to use an art term…I don’t know what you’d otherwise call it) to drive in/on.  Yes, we know that cars will not safely drive on ice, but when is it considered undriveable and when is it just…well, snow?  
 
As a mom, I would be bustin’ it just to get out of the office and go fetch my child, just like the rest of those people who did so.  I’d get out there and forget that I had no traction, and foooooooooooom!  There I’d go, smashing into the other cars–or worse, into the Cahaba River.  I saw pics of cars that did just that.  It’s what nightmares are made of.
 
One more thing.  I’ve got a college friend who adopted a tween from Kambodia.  My friend posts about her a lot, and it’s a fascinating read.  Almost every day, the girl discovers new things that are interesting and curious about our culture.  Would we say that she is ignorant because she’s never seen Cream of Chicken soup before (and, incidentally, she refuses to try the stuff because she doesn’t know what it is…neither do I, really!)?  
 
No, of course not.  
 
So before people are so quick to put us Alabamians in a nice, ignorant little pigeon-holed package, please consider all of this.  In two days the ice and snow will be gone, anyway.
 
 
Oh, and p.s.,  please excuse my little rant.  🙂

Linked pictures:
http://www.al.com/#/0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/01/29/are-meteorologists-to-blame-for-snow-disasters-in-atlanta-and-birmingham/

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/01/what_you_need_to_know_about_bi.html

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Global Warming

The weather hasn’t been anything but wonky, lately. One of our local weather stations, WHNT.com, says that we are getting a blast from the artic, sending us winds of 20-30 miles per hour. It’s a balmy 36 degrees right now, but by Wednesday night it will be 7 degrees. That’s 7—as in, one digit! Now… Continue Reading

Eli’s Block Party! “Bring Your Own Muscle and Style!”

Cars from the Limestone County Mustang Club, Rocket City Mustang Club, Mustang Club of America and Team Shelby will show their rides at Eli’s Block Party on Saturday, January 25th from Noon until 4 p.m. at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, Athens, Alabama. Eli Williams is a nine-year-old patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in… Continue Reading

Down with the Rocket City Bloggers

Yesterday’s big task was to prepare for a blogging event, Down with the Rocket City Bloggers: www.rocketcitybloggers.com. So I’m busy like crazy trying to come up with a business card that will really stand out. I went to Pinterest and came up with an idea that I liked. I decided to hot glue a pencil… Continue Reading

Construction Work Ahead

Hi All, I once worked at a corporation where the upper management just couldn’t figure out their mission statement.  Did they want to make widget A or widget B?  They were struggling with their corporate identity. Well, I’ve been kind of the same way about my blog.  I mentioned my quandary to one of my… Continue Reading

Fun Deals at Unclaimed Baggage Center

I could just kick myself for not buying this belt at Unclaimed Baggage Center. Only $.99, this little number could make any outfit really pop. This is one of many finds that I discovered at Scottsboro, Alabama’s gem of a store, Unclaimed Baggage. It was a couple of weeks before Christmas, and I needed to… Continue Reading

Reinventions and Frozen Part II

Hi All, I’ve decided to play around with photos and themes for my blog.  As I mentioned at first, this blog is kind of an experiment for me.  I’m kind of thinking of changing my tag line to something like this:  Writer/editor Stephanie L. Robertson blogs about life, our times, and growing up in rural Alabama. … Continue Reading

Happy New Year! Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2014!

Hi Readers, I am still alive and breathing. I had so much to write about Christmas, but Christmas got in the way. I was busy cooking, buying gifts, experimenting with creative wrapping, and being a wife and mommy. It’s going to be back to work and back to school on Monday….That is, if the snow… Continue Reading