darkman424 (darkman424) wrote,

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Snow during rush hour = Hell

So, Wednesday we had our first snow of the year. 
It started raining around 11:30 and shifted into snow by 12:30.

It was a very heavy snow, visibility was almost nil, the winds were 10mph gusting to 20mph.

At 3:30 I left work to go home and it was still windy and snowing very hard, there was 4 inches on the ground.  I got to the bus stop on time, and while I was waiting, I saw the other bus go by, I then realized that that bus was over an hour late, since the next bus on that route was supposed to be coming 10 minutes later.

My bus was already 20 minutes late, and figuring that it would be equally late, I walked back to my work to see if I could catch the van pool to the train, I missed them by 6 minutes.  So, I decided to go back out and wait for my bus, as I got out to the corner I saw my bus turning, and there was no way I could have made it with all the snow on the ground. 

So, I went back and called a cab, they told me the soonest they could come would be 30 minutes, now it was 4:18.  The cab arrived promptly at 4:48 and we went to the train station.  The traffic was backed up all the way to the train station, so we jumped off the road to a side street and finally got to the train station.

When I got out of the cab there was an outbound train dropping people off, and I saw my inbound train pulling into the station on the other side.  I got over to the gate and waited for the train in my way to pull out.  I got over the tracks and ran to catch the inbound train, and caught up with the conductor as he stepped onto the train, he turned around and told me this train is not going anywhere, and he proceeded to kick the few people on the train off.

Then I heard the announcement, 'all trains, inbound and outbound are delayed 15 minutes' So we stood around waiting, and then the second announcement, 'all trains, inbound and outbound are delayed 20 minutes', another 5 minutes go by and yet another announcement, 'all trains, inbound and outbound are delayed 40 minutes'

So I decided to have a smoke, and what do you know, my lighter ran out of spark.  Finally the train arrived at 6:20 and we got downtown at 7:20.

I finally walked in my door at 7:34, only a mere 4 hours after I had left to go home.

More fun working out in Downers Grove.  I thank anyone who read this whole rant.

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