OK, I realize that freezing rain may be an anomaly; I am willing to bite the bullet and put in overtime scraping my windshields in a situation like we’ve seen in Dickinson since Thursday night. I plan to continue to be patient though my outside mailbox has been frozen shut for more than three days (the key turns, but the box won’t open). My neighbors say you actually have to go out there with a hammer and really pound it for it to actually open.
I can’t find my hammer since I’ve moved here. Easy enough to go out and buy one, except the roads have been even more treacherous than normal. People who’ve lived here a long time tell me they use dirt on the local roads, no salt. When I try to point out that salt does a much better job of de-icing the roads, I hear the complaints about how salt damages your car. Well, that’s why car washes were invented.
I did not see any public works vehicles out over the weekend pouring dirt or anything else on the local roads. What is up with that? If this is an unusual situation where Dickinson doesn’t normally see icy rain for three days, doesn’t that call for extra vigilance by the City to make sure the roads are safe?
It’s hard enough to drive around town dodging semis. Is this something I am going to have to get used to? I was sliding dangerously through intersections on Friday and it was still slippery at those same intersections on Sunday. I have good tires, too, by the way. I grew up in North Dakota, but just moved back here from Minnesota. If this happened there, there would be public outrage and some explaining to do.
Let me know how you all fared out there this weekend and what you think about the roads. If you think I’m full of it, please explain to me why.