Go Back   DetroitSportsForum > Off topic > Diggler's Junk
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-05-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
turok   turok is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7,916
40th anniversary of the Great Midwest Blizzard of '78

next month 01/26-27.

I was working for the late Penn Central RR @ the also late MI Central Station back then, and had purchased a new 77 1/2 Chevy Camaro z28 manual the previous spring. Not wanting to drive it during our cold, icy, and snowy winters, b/c a positraction stick-shift was still no match, I also bought an old '71 Chevy station wagon that fall, so I could store the Camaro in our family's one-car garage overwinter.

That morning it had snowed and sleeted about 8" overnight, but when I left to drive to work, it had changed over to all rain, and the raindrops were fucking huge, since the "eye" of the storm was passing right over Detroit, and the 3rd lowest US barometric pressure ever recorded occurred at the same time, @ 28.68 mbars.

Although it took me about 45 minutes longer to drive to work, other than the icy and snow-covered roads, traffic was light b/c far fewer people had dared to drive to work that morning. When I came into my office early on the 9th floor, no one else was there out of 10 normally. About an hour and a half later, my boss called to see who made it in, and after I told him that only I had, said that he would be coming in soon.

When he came in about an hour later, he started phoning his other subordinates to ask them why they weren't coming into work...when if I hadn't, he probably wouldn't have either...fucking asshole. Then he gets the bright idea to have me drive my car to his administrative assistant's house, to bring her into work. I lied and told him that I drove my father's car into work, and wouldn't risk getting stuck or in an accident with it.

So he decided to take his vehicle, with me along for the ride (obviously to help push in case he got stuck in a snowdrift or slid off a road). She lived 25 miles away, and it turned out that his vehicle was a 4 wheel drive Jeep Wagoneer. It still took almost 2 hours to get to her house, (unexpectedly) and after she discovered that we were there to pick her up, she told our boss to go fuck himself, she still wasn't going to come to work....lolz.

So we drove back to downtown Detroit w/o her in Livonia, IIRC, I wasted more than half of my workday, which meant that I still would be behind that week. I left about an hour early, b/c the weather and winds were getting worse, my station wagon was covered with 6" of ice/snow by then, so all I did was spend about another half hour clearing it with a scraper, small shovel, and broom that I had brought with me. The drive home was twice longer as well, b/c traffic was heavier and slower by that late afternoon.

I remember seeing a satellite image of that blizzard the next day in our evening Detroit News, and it looked exactly like a huge tropical hurricane. We Detroiters did not get the full brunt of that superstorm though, as much as outstate MI and Ohio had several feet and mountainous drifts.


__________________




Login or Register to Remove Ads

Last edited by turok; 12-05-2017 at 10:36 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 01:35 PM   #2
tomdalton22   tomdalton22 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 14,874
I was a kid and I thought it was great. We missed 2 weeks of school
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 02:37 PM   #3
Mitchrapp   Mitchrapp is offline
Moderator
 
Mitchrapp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 38,371
I remember opening the front door and we couldn't get out. I was 12. Not sure we got two weeks off though. Our school administration would send out on the worse days..

Fun Fact: Unless school was closed never missed a day from K through 12.
__________________
Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a Rooster -- Joe Adcock

What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third -- Leo Durocher

The NFL can kiss my ass!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 04:37 PM   #4
turok   turok is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7,916
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mitchrapp View Post
Fun Fact: Unless school was closed never missed a day from K through 12.
I contracted almost every childhood illness....chicken-pox, mumps (missed our 2nd grade class' school trip to Camp Dearborn) measles, German measles, and the flu several times (once causing me to lose the lead role in a school play to my alternate in 6th grade).
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 04:41 PM   #5
tomdalton22   tomdalton22 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 14,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mitchrapp View Post
I remember opening the front door and we couldn't get out. I was 12. Not sure we got two weeks off though. Our school administration would send out on the worse days..

Fun Fact: Unless school was closed never missed a day from K through 12.
I missed a LOT of days in high school. I had my older sister write my notes from day one to keep the handwriting consistent. I probably skipped 10-15 days a year once I started driving along with tons of dr / dentist appointments.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 04:50 PM   #6
turok   turok is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7,916
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomdalton22 View Post
I missed a LOT of days in high school. I had my older sister write my notes from day one to keep the handwriting consistent. I probably skipped 10-15 days a year once I started driving along with tons of dr / dentist appointments.

My HS counselor's assistant was my ex-gf from grade school...she gave me pre-signed absence slips, where all I had to do was fill in the classes that I wanted to skip.
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.