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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Can I please move back to Arizona now?
(and so much for having a clean car)

I almost died last night.

When I left my house at 1:30 in the afternoon to head down to St. George, it was windy, but nice. I was wearing a short dress, boots and a sweater because it wasn't too cold, and I knew it would be warmer once I got there.

I adjudicated for nearly 4 hours, had quite a lot of fun working with the students and generally looking like an idiot in front of them trying to get them to come out of their shells, and only made one of them cry. But all that is really for another blog on another day.

The drive home was fairly uneventful at first. I left the school at about 6:45 pm, which should have gotten me home before 7:45 with no trouble. Joel called me when I was about 5 miles north of St. George and asked if it was raining, because it was raining up in Cedar. It wasn't, but I knew to expect it, and I did hit the rain storm about 15 minutes later. That slowed me down a bit, but wasn't horrible. Then Joel called when I was in New Harmony, which is just about 15 miles south of Cedar and asked if I'd hit snow yet. Not yet, but I certainly did pretty quickly after that. So that slowed me down even more, and then the wind came and it suddenly was a white out. I couldn't see a thing. At this point, a wild animal ran across the freeway and I barely missed hitting it, so that freaked me out even more.

So here I am, crawling along at 20 mph, unable to see more than 1 foot in front of me, trying desperately to stay on the road and just praying my guts out that I could get home safely. In my mind I was thinking of every possible scenario: Sliding off the road and getting stuck, having to pull off to the side because I just couldn't go on, in which case I would have to walk the 8 or so miles to Cedar City and I wasn't suitably dressed for that, so then I would freeze to death or suffer frostbite or something. So, I just kept praying that I'd at least make it to the freeway exit.

There are no streetlights between New Harmony and Cedar City and I have never been so happy to see the Cedar City sign because that meant actual lights and a little more visibility. I took the first exit off the freeway, even though my house is off the second exit because I just wanted to get off and also my exit has a roundabout thing, and just thinking about navigating it in that weather scared the pants off me. I took main street through town, turned where I needed to and was fine until I reached the unlit parts out by where I live. Then I just hoped I could even see to turn into my neighborhood.

I made it home at about 8:15. Completely relieved to be in one piece.

Today we have a lot of snow, but it's shaping up to be a beautiful and sunny day. Now I'm just lamenting the fact that I washed my car on Monday. Oh well, at least it was clean for a couple days.

17 comments :

  1. what was that about you wearing a "short dress"?

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  2. Knee length...knee length! LOL. :) I promise I didn't look like a hooker.

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  3. Lara, we will take you back...it's a nice sunny 63 degrees today!!!

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  4. Slutty you
    A) We all almost die every day -- no biggie. :)
    b) You didn't have pants on -- how could they be scared off?
    c) I'm glad you made it home safe. :)

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  5. Yeah, when my sister told us about the white out I was glad I lived in AZ!

    Come back to AZ t he weather's great.

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  6. OHHHHHHHHHH Goodness.. I hate horrible weather and driving!!! Glad you got home safe though!!!

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  7. My goodness--I'm sorry you were driving through that last night. Glad you're safe and in one piece!!

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  8. I forgot the storm headed your way. TOTAL white out conditions here - - 5 hour drive from Salt Lake to the point of the mountain. PURE madness.

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  9. At least you didn't have to spend the night at a school like some of those kids in Lehi did.

    I thought about you as they were talking about the southern part of the storm - remembering that you were in St. George yesterday - and prayed that you'd be safe.

    Our drive home from school was a white knuckled one for sure! It took me 3 times as long to get from the school to the babysitters, and then another 3 times as long to get home from her house because I had to go the back way - no way was I trying to cross the highway in a white out!

    Then I told myself I was a pansy because growing up in Idaho I drove in crap like that all the time. So there you have it - I've officially turned into an old fart. A pansy-butt old fart! :O)

    Glad you're home safely!

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  10. Glad you made it home safely. It doesn't snow here but I have been caught in a thunderstorm so bad I couldn't see 2 feet ahead of me. It was scary. I can only imagine how it would have been with snow and the wind.

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  11. Matt told me about the storm. Said it was awful. So glad you got home ok!

    Isn't that the way things go when you wash your car? We had ours washed and waxed a few weeks ago. It had looked awful, and I was so happy that it was finally clean. And two days later we had a storm. Grrr! Oh well.

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  12. Oh that's sooo scary! I hate driving in that kind of weather. It took Hank 3 hours to get home yesterday (Slc to Lehi!) because of the terrible weather.

    I go through all those same scenarios, except I also have a very dramatic dying scenario that plays through my head.

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  13. Aw man! And THAT is WHY I live in ARIZONA!! It's beautiful and I find it much easier to keep cool than to get warm. Come on back - we'll take you ANYTIME!!

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  14. How scary! That happened to Damon and me in Beaver one winter. There was a car right in front of us. We could only see their tail lights! We decided to follow the car...in PURE faith! We couldn't see anything!!! We couldn't see the side of the road, or any street signs for that matter! Luckily, we made it to a gas station...and were only stuck there for 2 HOURS!
    Glad you made it back safely!
    Oh...how did you make someone cry? That'll be a funny story!

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  15. Sounds like excruciating driving alright! You could move to Houston - still in the 60s at ten at night here...

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