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I hope this is the final chapter in my Snowpocalypse 2014 entries for the year — but you never know!

We rode out the last two severe winter weather episodes at the house.  I had no intention of leaving the house and hoped the utilities would hold up.  Okay, maybe not the Internet access — being able to work from home means you’re expected to work even when snowed in.

We only suffered the minor inconvenience of having our sewer back up during the first storm.  Luckily we caught it in time and didn’t have to deal with any nasty clean-ups.  After the weather cleared up, we had it taken care of 48hrs after it began.  That and reading about the experiences of others prompted me to plan for a few different situations should we have a repeat of nasty weather the remainder of this winter or next.

It’s a short list but of big problems should we have to face one of them without being more prepared than we were:

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Yesterday I wrote a light-hearted rant about Snowpocalypse 2014 and I thought I’d follow it with some observations I’ve made and practical applications I believe would benefit everyone.  I’m optimistic that many Atlantans have already arrived to the same conclusions and done the same.  Cautiously optimistic.

The first rule of fight club severe winter weather travel is: Don’t.  Not if you don’t have to, anyway.  If Americans stink at anything, it’s distinguishing between a “need” and a “want.”  I’d suggest that “have to” and “don’t have to” are a close second.  You probably know someone personally, or at least heard a ridiculous news story of someone that didn’t have to be out on the roads but chose to anyway and suffered for it.

Luckily, I was neither trapped nor had to travel anywhere until after the weather cleared — so I was spared from all of the drama others had to deal with.  While I was at home listening to the carnage on the radio, I took a mental inventory of all the items I usually have rolling around on the floorboard of my vehicle AND what I should be adding to the list.

Here are a few new seasonal items I’ll be adding to my vehicle in preparation for next time:

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Now that The South has thawed out and enjoyed an entire week of sixty-degree weather, I thought it would be a perfect time to blog about the “Polar Vortex” that swept through the United States recently.  That’ll probably be the last time I use that term.  The rest of us just call it what it is: winter.

If you watched or listened to any of the weather predictions, news reports or subsequent updates (especially from the first front), then you know all about the drama that befell metro Atlantans from all over.

My primary personal observation was: a lot of upset residents cursing local community leaders about their shortcomings and abject failures to plan for or execute any sort action to deal with the effects of the bad winter weather.  I had the unique position of both not having to deal with any of it and hear all about it from various sources.

Before I get started on this rant, I should warn you that I’ll be attacking a few stereotypes, making sweeping generalizations and outright ignoring most exceptions to the rule.  You’ve been warned, let’s get started!

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