Kelly: Coping with the polar vortexWritten by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
by Sid Kelly
This week I, along with our listening audience, learned a new statement: “polar vortex.” Even though the famed “Wikipedia” has it in existence since 1853, most of us have never heard of that term. Basically, it’s a mass of extreme cold air that comes from way up north and sits on us and makes it really cold.
We were hammered with several inches of snow, and along with the famed polar vortex, it was a brutal week.
It wasn’t the weather that made life that brutal, but the way people acted that made it so.
As an active member of the press, I’m allowed special driving privileges during “level 3” snow emergencies. We’re allowed to drive on the road so we can provide important information to the public. Normally I’m driving into work around 4am, and get home around 12:30. I found it amazing how many people decided to do the smart thing and stay home. Well done Toledo! A check with the sheriff of Lucas County revealed that they didn’t issue one ticket to anyone driving under the ban. Kudos.
I have three kids, and although they were off for their annual holiday break, the schools in the area made the right decision to keep them home…and safe. Nice!
But…it was Thursday that people lost their minds!
A large portion of people packed the streets in masses, drove ridiculous, and caused many incidents and accidents.
I get it, you were cooped up in the house for a few days and needed to venture out and get some air, but you left your patience at home.
We discussed on the show how people took their garbage cans and left them lying out in the snow…knowing the city wasn’t going to collect them because of the emergency we were experiencing…but decided to leave them out anyway. Some people even stacked their cans on top of snow piles…and in the middle of the streets.
Then there were the people complaining about the condition of the streets.
“Hey Toledo do you only have one plow.” And “Toledo should be ashamed” are two of my favorites.
Let’s relax a bit and look at the gravity of the situation…please!?!
Toledo not only has more than one plow, they called in extra help to clear the roads. These are roads you shouldn’t have been driving on in the first place. And when you were allowed to drive on them, they were pretty well done. As long as you slowed down and took your time, you could get where you wanted to go. Isn’t that their job? To get you where you need to be – SAFELY?
I’ve been alive long enough to have been in several blizzards, and I’ve seen people panic over weather far worse, but I kind of took offense to the way people were bashing the city for doing what I considered to be a great job clearing the mess away.
To the men and women that had anything to do with the massive cleanup of snow, ice, traffic, and rude people last week…allow me to thank you. I appreciate you for keeping the streets as clear as possible while maintaining safe work hours. Thank you for picking up my garbage, and being kind enough to do the same for the people that were rude enough to stack their cans on snow banks. (You didn’t have to pick those up you know.) You did a great job and I’m thankful for your hard work.