Dec 14 2008

MyLife: Snow Day In Vancouver. It’s Game Over, Man. Game Over

Published by at 12:18 pm under MyLife,Vancouver

With all due respect to my fellow Canadians, snow and freezing cold in Vancouver can be a lot worse than the same phenomenon elsewhere in the Great White North. In deference to Unambiguously Ambidextrous, I’m afraid I have to whine a bit.

Yes, I know Winnipeg gets cold. But my proud prairie friends don’t have to drive their car up or down a 30 degree incline on a skating rink of a road without proper winter tires.

We should have just stayed at a hotel downtown last night after the office Xmas party. It took us 45 minutes to traverse the icy commute over Burrard and onto Broadway in our plucky Accura. It usually takes us 6 minutes or less.

Sooooooo many close calls. As we pulled into our underground parking lot, we looked at each other like we’d just survived a drive through a warzone. I couldn’t even sleep until 3:30 am, I was so jittery.

This better clear up soon. We’re just not equipped for this kind of weather.

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4 Responses to “MyLife: Snow Day In Vancouver. It’s Game Over, Man. Game Over”

  1. Raphael Alexanderon 14 Dec 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful picture by the way Jonathon. I had considered going outside to snap some photos, but I was a little wary of driving with my all-seasons on the icy roads. Yesterday I was working downtown and the most majestic sight was the North Shore covered in sunlight while the dark mountains were frosted with white. Now everywhere it is covered in white snow. Tomorrow is going to be a day of shivering.

  2. jnarveyon 14 Dec 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I have to admit, I took this picture a few years back on a rare snowy day on Kitsilano Beach. As I’m sure you gathered from my post, I was very hesitant to leave the house today.

    Too bad I didn’t see you at the awards thing this week. We’ll have to meet up sometime, now that you’re also running around downtown Vancouver.

  3. Ruth Seeleyon 14 Dec 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Jonathon I’m from Ottawa, which gets a lot of precipitation because it’s in a valley, and also lived in Kincardine, ON, which gets lake effect snow. I’ve seen some miserable storms in both those places, but have only really been scared when driving once in each of those places.

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s terrified of driving here when it’s really cold and snowing – I thought I was losing my nerve in my late middle age. It’s partly the hills; it’s also the fact that you just KNOW no one has snow tires (and really, are they worth buying given how little snow we actually get here and how rarely it lasts? easier just not to drive for a couple of weeks). And my car alarm’s been going off like a bandit since we’ve had such wacky temperature variations. Thanks for the link, BTW.

  4. jnarveyon 14 Dec 2008 at 10:16 pm

    You’re very welcome, Ruth. And you’re definitely not alone. I sure hope the streets are better tomorrow.

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