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Dec. 16th, 2005 | 09:20 am

Not to sound unnecessarily dramatic or clichéd but this morning, my life flashed before my eyes. Actually flashed is a bad word for it. Think of it as a prolonged flash. 45 minutes. I don’t know how cities with this sort of weather survive in the winter. I had an 8AM final down in Cortland. I left Syracuse at 545. By 645, I had made it only to Lafayette. Maybe a third of my trip. The roads of Westcott were as I expected – bad. I stopped to get gas and made friends with the guy who pulled up behind me. He needed to buy an ice scraper because he didn’t have one. His car was still covered in snow, I’m not sure how he made it as far as he did. I almost gave him my extra one but luckily the gas station had some for sale. I hoped that once I hit 690 and 81, things would get better. That wasn’t the case. As I hit route 81 just south of Syracuse, things got even worse. My only savior was the reflection off the guardrails from my fog lights. I drove a steady 25, only so my car could make it up the hills. There were times I went much smaller. The sun had yet to rise, which made it even worse. Looking ahead of me, all I saw was snow. No road, no cars, no trees. And no plows, because, well, there weren’t any. Just snow.

It’s now ten after 8. I’m bundled in my car in a McDonalds parking lot. Turns out they have wireless access but you have to pay. They do however give you complimentary access to the ArchCard website. I made another friend, this time, an older man who pulled up next to me eventually. He was on his way to Ithaca but was contemplating turning back. After numerous phone calls, I managed to reach my Spanish professor. He told me not to risk my life anymore. He will allow me to take my final Tuesday at 1030 with his other class. Of course, I have my last final at that same time, but I’m hoping the other teacher will let me stop by and take it once I’m done with the other.

Last night I was supposed to go out to dinner with work friends. I passed, considering my car was a sheet of ice due to the freezing rain that had fallen. I broke down on the phone with Dave because I was so frazzled regarding what to do. I seem to break down a lot lately. I discovered that Caleb was wandering the mall, waiting for the weather to let up, and we wandered together, doing laps around the levels like mall walkers, just at slower speeds. We stopped and watched a choir sing Christmas Carols. I had intentions of staying with Keith for the night but there was something more comforting about an invitation from Caleb, solely because I knew I could follow him home in the start of the horrible winter weather. We ventured out and scraped down our cars. My gloves were momentarily lost and my fingers quickly went numb. I studied at his dining room table. I watched Jarod do no wrong at some football game because he’s cursed with the ability to succeed at any videogame. I watched Jeff press a red button for a long time, and listened to him sing while doing the dishes. I cuddled with the Build-A-Bear Caleb built for himself. I admitted that I denied MySpace friend requests from Built Overnight multiple times before I gave in to Bryan. I found my gloves and exchanged text messages with Keith and Jen. I eventually passed out on the couch under three blankets. I woke up randomly at 230am and peered out the window. My car was clear. Turns out that the overnight snowfall had turned to freezing rain instead.

And now here I am. I’ve been in this McDonalds parking lot for over an hour and a half. I ventured inside at one point for hot cakes and a medium coke. I haven’t decided when to leave. The snow is falling pretty rapidly. I can just make out the roads of 81 and I see cars passing by slowly. Not as slow as they were when the sun had yet to come up, but still slow. I am supposed to work 11-7. I don’t want to by any means. I want to go home and curl up and get warm and study for my Bio final. I want to know what the weather is going to be like tonight/tomorrow morning. I have another final at 1030 tomorrow. Should I stay in Syracuse again? Should I just drive to Cortland and spend the night there? I don’t really have money to waste on a hotel room. But Liz is up in Syracuse and I don’t have anyone else’s number, maybe Nicks. The library isn’t open 24 hours is it?

Things are looking clearer, and I think I might venture into Syracuse.

And to think, it's not even winter yet...

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from: karmajacks
date: Dec. 16th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I just realized that I don't have your email on this account for some reason. I need to send you a new years evite! You MUST come to it or else! bring whomever you would like! it should be a good time!

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from: anonymous
date: Dec. 16th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
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killingacamera06@yahoo.com :) i'll be there!

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