This is a first for me.
As you may or may not know, the Vancouver area was hit by a snowfall last Friday night. As you may or may not know, another snowfall is currently blanketing us today, Thursday. Both were predicted, so we should have all been prepared.
Now, my car came with all-season tires. After Snowmageddon in 2008, I bought snow tires. I didn’t buy new rims at that time, choosing instead to pay 150$ to have the snowies installed on my regular rims, then 150$ to have the all-seasons re-installed on my regular rims, then 150$ to have the snowies re-installed … well, you get the idea. And so did I, when I realized that it would be more cost-effective to buy dedicated rims for the snow tires. PG could then change the tires for me when the seasons changed, taking maybe half an hour and costing me maybe a dinner each time. That’s easy to handle, so that was the plan.
The rims were purchased two weeks ago. I had them sandblasted and powder-coated. This apparently takes a while to cure, as the actual powder coating was performed a few days ago. The snowies are currently sitting at PG’s warehouse. The rims and the snowies have not yet met, nor have they been installed upon my car, obviously.
This morning, I was unable to make it up the hilly driveway that I share with a number of other people. I had watched many of those people get successfully up that incline, so I was pretty confident that, with my all-seasons and traction control, I would eventually make it.
I couldn’t even get going enough to get my damn car back in the garage. Not even with two people helping to push. I’ve had to leave my poor car down at the very bottom of the driveway, in a no parking zone, partially blocking access to someone’s garage. I literally could not get the car to go anywhere, except backwards downhill.
So I couldn’t go to work. I have to take a snow day. Not that that’s a huge problem in the grand scheme of things, of course, but that has never happened to me in thirty years of teaching. I have always been able to get to work, unless the schools were closed due to snow, which has happened maybe twice in all that time. Any other time that weather conditions have been so bad that I couldn’t get out (like Snowmaggedon 2008), I didn’t have to go to work anyway, so I didn’t care. But it’s all caught up to me now, just because I didn’t plan the snow tire thing early enough.
You may now laugh at me.