Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ice, Ice Baby

My latest million-dollar idea: A line of bumper stickers that feature the other six deadly sins to go along with those uber-patriotic Power of Pride stickers. I know you've seen them, with the Stars and Stripes waving gallantly beneath that meaningless slogan. I just think we should complete the series with the Power of Gluttony, Power of Vanity, Power of Sloth and the rest. They will all be pictured with appropriate clip art, of course. Damn, I just looked it up and somebody beat me to it, probably by years. Another lost million.

Next random thought: I actually just saw one of those digital billboards telling me to "Vote Early and Vote Often" regarding early voting. Are they serious? I thought the "vote often" thing was just an old politicians' joke. Hey, if they insist…

Moving along to our regularly scheduled programming, it's 10:30 and I just got to work a few minutes ago thanks to a nice bit of freezing rain. My lady friend and I spent the morning watching Brian Senger on WBIR doing a fantastic job of standing in the station's parking lot for two hours keeping us updated on the icy conditions. Why he couldn't do this from inside the studio I'll never understand. Maybe it was a show of solidarity for the other reporter who had to stand a few blocks down the road and repeatedly prove to us that she was in fact standing on an icy sidewalk. They kept showing us remote video of the bridge we both have to drive over to get to work and for about an hour the same cars and trucks were sitting in the same place on said bridge, so we weren't going anywhere. I finally decided to give it a go just after 9:30 and still nearly side-swiped the newspaper delivery woman's vehicle on my way down the hill as I slid around a corner in first gear. I barely made it across the aforementioned Henley Street Bridge because it too was still iced over. The interstate was fine though, so I got here only two hours late.

The roads were a mess, they were reporting around 200 vehicle wrecks in Knox county alone, and people were still taking corners like they were on rails. But they have the Power of Pride, and surely that will protect them.

8 comments:

Courtney said...

It's 11:30 and I'm still the only one who's made it into the office. It's nasty out there. For realsies.

I really like the idea of a "Power of Sloth" bumper sticker (or T-shirt!) featuring a really muscular sloth. Perhaps wearing one of those onesie things that wrestlers wear. In red, white and blue, of course.

em said...

I wish I had a sled down here. The work parking lot would become the place to be.

True fact: someone I went to college with now works for Cabelas and designs those wolf and eagle type sweatshirts that say things like, "these colors dont run."

Allie said...

Oh, I loved your bumper sticker idea. That's awesome! Sorry it's been done already.

I was registered to vote twice (there was a little confusion with my maiden name for awhile) but being an honest and upstanding citizen, I only voted once. I did get some good mileage out of the whole "vote early and vote often," joke.

Since I'm guessing your car isn't protected by the Power of Pride, drive safely going home!

Chris said...

I like your bumper sticker idea, as well.
Might I suggest using the King James Bible version of the seven sins. That way you get to use words like "lasciviousness."

Aaron said...

Really, there was nowhere to go from "Ice Ice Baby". Thank you for lodging it in my brain; I've got to fire up iTunes and try to wash it out.

Julie said...

Now that the party is jumpin' I can mention that we had some wintry weather in Ga, too. I got to see my lawn blanketed in snow for the first time. It was kinda cool, pun intended.

We also had some weather issues in my office. It was a balmy 63 degrees in my office this morning. It got up to about 67 by the end of the day. Maybe I won't have to wear three layers and sit under a blanket tomorrow...

nancypearlwannabe said...

Why do you not have Snow Days?! Honestly, it's a crime how bad you Southerners get gypped out of freebie days off.

Jacob said...

I've seen none of this ice or snow of which you speak.

But, you actually attempted that cliff of a driveway your apartment complex has on a freezing rain day? I'm not sure if I should say that was brave or dumb. I think I would have called in stranded that day or gone in for lunch.