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There are many negative thoughts running through my head, in regards to this weather event. But, I will keep them to myself.

One thing I learned growing up in WPB (those of you from there will know what I mean) is that you always prepare even if the forecasters say it is a mild event.

Now, that there is some semblance of order coming back, every one needs to regroup. Take stock, and to borrow a phrase "let this be a teachable moment." It does no one any good to blame anyone. Now you need to ask yourself "what will I do for myself when the next emergency/weather event comes."

 

I know we will be stockpiling more wood for a fire. I also need to get fresh citrus. I also need to make sure that both trucks are filled with gas. We will also get the 4 wheeler fixed, and maybe buy another. Other then that we're were good to go.

 

I was too lazy to take 14yr old to school yesterday, good fortune, or God watching over us? I had also already gone to the store on Mon. for the milk, and animal food that we were out of. There was no thought of the weather when I made that trip, we just needed those things.

I always keep water, and at least two blankets in my truck, as does my husband. We each have a large winter coat, as well as hats, and gloves. I got them out hoping I wouldn't have to wash them. Thankfully I didn't.

 

My point to all this is contrary to what some may think weather can not be controlled. We missed the 82 snow event, but we were here for the 93 blizzard. At least this time we have coffee in the house, and my husband didn't have to walk to the nearest WH to get it. You do what ya gotta do, get through it, and get better prepared for the next time. Even if the next time is 10yrs from now.

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<br />There are many negative thoughts running through my head, in regards to this weather event. But, I will keep them to myself.<br />One thing I learned growing up in WPB (those of you from there will know what I mean) is that you always prepare even if the forecasters say it is a mild event.<br />Now, that there is some semblance of order coming back, every one needs to regroup. Take stock, and to borrow a phrase &quot;let this be a teachable moment.&quot; It does no one any good to blame anyone. Now you need to ask yourself &quot;what will I do for myself when the next emergency/weather event comes.&quot; <br /><br />I know we will be stockpiling more wood for a fire. I also need to get fresh citrus. I also need to make sure that both trucks are filled with gas. We will also get the 4 wheeler fixed, and maybe buy another. Other then that we're were good to go.<br /><br />I was too lazy to take 14yr old to school yesterday, good fortune, or God watching over us? I had also already gone to the store on Mon. for the milk, and animal food that we were out of. There was no thought of the weather when I made that trip, we just needed those things.<br />I always keep water, and at least two blankets in my truck, as does my husband. We each have a large winter coat, as well as hats, and gloves. I got them out hoping I wouldn't have to wash them. Thankfully I didn't. <br /><br />My point to all this is contrary to what some may think weather can not be controlled. We missed the 82 snow event, but we were here for the 93 blizzard. At least this time we have coffee in the house, and my husband didn't have to walk to the nearest WH to get it. You do what ya gotta do, get through it, and get better prepared for the next time. Even if the next time is 10yrs from now.<br />
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Said perfectly! This mirrors exactly what I have been wanting to say.

 

ETA: The parts I marked in bold do not show up. :\

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Said perfectly! This mirrors exactly what I have been wanting to say.

 

ETA: The parts I marked in bold do not show up. :\

Thanks.

I don't know what the deal is with the board. I keep getting the bracket things in the quoted post, and such.

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I always pee before I get in the car, and make everybody else! LOL

 

I had been watching this storm alert since Sunday, I even posted it on here and everyone was so blaze about it. I never take the weather for granted and we were prepared.

 

Kept one grandkid home and checked the high schooler out at 10 when the snow hit, when FOX5 said it would, so he could drive home safely.

 

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<br />Or keep an empty bottle in there. Wait, that only works for guys.  <img src='http://paulding.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /><br /><br /><br />Stationed where in Germany?<br />
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Kwitcherbitchen.

 

 

Isn't that just outside Wurzberg?

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I always pee before I get in the car, and make everybody else! LOL

 

I had been watching this storm alert since Sunday, I even posted it on here and everyone was so blaze about it. I never take the weather for granted and we were prepared.

 

Kept one grandkid home and checked the high schooler out at 10 when the snow hit, when FOX5 said it would, so he could drive home safely.

 

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Well then your not the one this directed to. :p LOL

 

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Kwitcherbitchen.

 

 

Isn't that just outside Wurzberg?

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I do believe the NWS deserves a whole lot of blame. I promise you that they are studying this event, learning where certain models went wrong and how other models got it right. In their defense, this was a unique set up of weather and there just isn't a history of winter weather events in the South that they can turn to as a reference. I truly, truly think they'll learn from this...not only how they read the models but also how they handle weather advisories.

 

Outside of the NWS, the thing that strikes me is how many damn moving parts there are. You have 12 or more separate school superintendents in the metro that each had to make independent decisions to close schools and/or when to release early. You have the City of Atlanta responsible for surface streets but not the interstates that dominate the traffic in the city. You have GDOT, with minimal equipment at their disposal, prepping in middle GA less than 24 hours before the event hit because that's where NWS was telling them it was going to hit. You have private businesses making their own decisions on when to let people out. There's just too damn much going on......in this case, it turned the old saying upside down being we ended up with too many indians and not enough chiefs.

 

I know folks will think I'm being biased but it really comes down to there being one man in this state that had the power to nip a lot of this in the bud....Gov. Deal should have declared a State of Emergency on Monday and closed down government and schools. No matter what the NWS was telling him, he knew that most of this state was going to get some form of winter precipitation. I can see why he didn't being this was supposed to hit the much less populated middle/south GA areas and had eqpt down there to prep, but really he's the only guy that could have taken control of all the moving parts with the swipe of a pen. I don't think he needs to learn as much from this as the NWS, but I do believe he's learned a valuable lesson.

 

 

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I do believe the NWS deserves a whole lot of blame. I promise you that they are studying this event, learning where certain models went wrong and how other models got it right. In their defense, this was a unique set up of weather and there just isn't a history of winter weather events in the South that they can turn to as a reference. I truly, truly think they'll learn from this...not only how they read the models but also how they handle weather advisories.

 

Outside of the NWS, the thing that strikes me is how many damn moving parts there are. You have 12 or more separate school superintendents in the metro that each had to make independent decisions to close schools and/or when to release early. You have the City of Atlanta responsible for surface streets but not the interstates that dominate the traffic in the city. You have GDOT, with minimal equipment at their disposal, prepping in middle GA less than 24 hours before the event hit because that's where NWS was telling them it was going to hit. You have private businesses making their own decisions on when to let people out. There's just too damn much going on......in this case, it turned the old saying upside down being we ended up with too many indians and not enough chiefs.

 

I know folks will think I'm being biased but it really comes down to there being one man in this state that had the power to nip a lot of this in the bud....Gov. Deal should have declared a State of Emergency on Monday and closed down government and schools. No matter what the NWS was telling him, he knew that most of this state was going to get some form of winter precipitation. I can see why he didn't being this was supposed to hit the much less populated middle/south GA areas and had eqpt down there to prep, but really he's the only guy that could have taken control of all the moving parts with the swipe of a pen. I don't think he needs to learn as much from this as the NWS, but I do believe he's learned a valuable lesson.

 

 

mrnn

I understand what your saying, but at what point does one take responsibility for ones self? All those folks can hem and haw, all day long, but when it comes down to it, it is up to each of us individually to be responsible for ourselves. If anyone waits on the gooberment (be it local, state or federal) they are fools. My point is yes, those in the gooberment should never have had the schools open. Would that have stopped all those folks that went to work? The only difference would have been the kiddos would have been at home, or at daycare.

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<br />I understand what your saying, but at what point does one take responsibility for ones self? All those folks can hem and haw, all day long, but when it comes down to it, it is up to each of us individually to be responsible for ourselves. If anyone waits on the gooberment (be it local, state or federal) they are fools. My point is yes, those in the gooberment should never have had the schools open. Would that have stopped all those folks that went to work? The only difference would have been the kiddos would have been at home, or at daycare.<br />
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I think I'm looking at this at more of a macro level...trying to evaluate what can be fixed in the future. I mean I get what you're saying at the micro level, but you aren't going to convince 6 million individual people in the Metro to keep kids home, skip work, keep full pantries, etc. anytime a weatherman mentions a possible "dusting" of snow. Fact is that most of us do take our cues from the government....as an example, when my wife worked for Wellstar their deal was that their office would close any time the schools would close. I'm sure there are many other businesses that have similar policies.

 

 

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Gotta chime in here -- While I was out of town for this event, watched ALL the weather updates from an unbiased weatherperson, every one of which said, this was a "south of I-20 event", however, didn't take a rocket scientist to look at the radar Tuesday morning to realize -- you in trouble Atlanta! If this teaches anything, I agree with the OP -- think for yourselves, don't rely on the county, the district, the government to do this for you...Oh, and good luck with government run healthcare for those of you who voted for this crap!!!

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I think I'm looking at this at more of a macro level...trying to evaluate what can be fixed in the future. I mean I get what you're saying at the micro level, but you aren't going to convince 6 million individual people in the Metro to keep kids home, skip work, keep full pantries, etc. anytime a weatherman mentions a possible "dusting" of snow. Fact is that most of us do take our cues from the government....as an example, when my wife worked for Wellstar their deal was that their office would close any time the schools would close. I'm sure there are many other businesses that have similar policies.

 

 

mrnn

OK, that's fair.

SPMS sent home a letter about making plans for the weather on Monday. Our plan was that 14yr old would ride the bus if schools let out early, if they didn't then I would've picked him up. We live just a little over 1mi from the school, so if it really came down to it I would've given him permission to walk home.

But, there are 50 bgillion threads blaming the schools, gooberment, weather channel, etc.

I would just ask that while I understand all that, I hope that those that are doing all this bitching will have more then one backup plan in place for the next time (cause the will be a next time) something like this happens.

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I have no complaints... I also watched the weather since sunday, and being a simple plan person with no weather term knowledge I knew it was coming, the weather station said it would be here in dallas between 10- 11am, expect 1-3 inches at 9:40 it started snowing... sunday the items were bought that we needed, my husband loaded his truck down, with items he would need in case he was stranded in traffic, which he was. so although i am not a smart weather meteorologist, however the tv stations gave me enough information on sunday to do what I needed to do to take care of us when the snow came. I do have to wonder If I can watch the weather from sunday to monday morning and know to get prepared, why couldn't some of the gov't and county offices do the same. if they were watching the same weather I was watching, they knew sunday it was coming.. but... as they have said they have learned from this mistake. so it is what it is...

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Funny - I don't get any of this. Why would the governor shut down Atlanta on Monday? We were to get 1-3" of SNOW. The SNOW isn't the problem. It's the ice. I didn't think it would ice like this. The ground had been cold long enough. But, it hadn't been. I made a misjudgement of 15 minutes. If I had gotten to my boys 15 minutes earlier, I wouldn't have had any trouble getting home. I threw another load of wash into the washer. Sometimes, folks, things just happen. There's alot of concerns to be balanced when making these large governmental decisions. It's easy to Monday morning quarterback these guys. But, in reality, we were to get 1-3" of snow. THAT wouldn't have caused this kind of mayhem.

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I want to ask one thing. If you all knew it was coming, why did you go to work? If you hadn't been

on the roads , the buses might have got the kids home. Or better still you could have picked them up. Works

both ways. Why does everybody want someone else to take care of their kids?

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I want to ask one thing. If you all knew it was coming, why did you go to work? If you hadn't been

on the roads , the buses might have got the kids home. Or better still you could have picked them up. Works

both ways. Why does everybody want someone else to take care of their kids?

 

 

I have no kids in school, however if i did, I would have kept them home, I had a feeling the school would call early release... and from my past experiences that is a mad house in it's self.

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I want to ask one thing. If you all knew it was coming, why did you go to work? If you hadn't been

on the roads , the buses might have got the kids home. Or better still you could have picked them up. Works

both ways. .

 

What you said!!!!

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I want to ask one thing. If you all knew it was coming, why did you go to work? If you hadn't been

on the roads , the buses might have got the kids home. Or better still you could have picked them up. Works

both ways. Why does everybody want someone else to take care of their kids?

Mine wasn't in school,and we are retired. However if he had been, there was a plan a,b, and c in place, and he knew it. That is the point. The point is you can take responsibility for your self, or you can expect the gooberment to do it for you. Personally I chose to take care of myself.

There is only one person in this thread (I noticed that the real ones doing the bitching aren't here) going off about the gooberment.

Now, the question is how many of those bithching, have been down this road before? How many took it on themselves to make sure that the next time (this being next time) were personally somewhat prepared?

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The IPPE Poultry Production Exposition is for 2-1/2 days, once a year. Many of the international visitors, and exhibitors only attend every other year [Most of the European Exhibitors on participate in the Odd Years, as they want us to change it to an every other year show like there shows].

 

The show was Tuesday, yesterday and until 2:00pm today.

 

I have had visitors, here, and that I have been meeting with since the end of last week.

 

Normally, I stay at the Holiday Inn on International, and walk to the congress center. Or take one one of shuttle buses if the weather is bad. However, I am currently a Knee/Hip replacement candidate and can hardly walk, so I worked out an arrangement to go with a local friend trying to get involved with some of the poultry equipment manufacturers. He dropped me at the front door to the WCC, and I had a scooter reserved.

 

I saw a short segement of the news weather Monday night, and did not notice any glaring red flags about bad weather.

 

We were inside the Congress Center when it started snowing. I had pre-arranged meetings with people from Australia, Venezuela, Brasil, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Holland, France and England. I was able to see all of them.

 

My wife notified me mid afternoon she was home, and that we had best head that way....ASAP. WE were supposed to stay until 6:00-6:30, but headed out at 4:00. In the back of my mind I was thinking that SURELY to God our illustrious governmental leaders would not have screwed up again as they did in 1982, 1993, and 2011.

 

I was wrong. And paid the price. Sitting at the bottom of the 6 Flags Hill on Interstate 20 West, not moving a foot from 9:45 pm until 6:45 pm.

 

Needless to say, I paid my penance with my hip and knee, stranded in the car all night.

 

Worse for me, no way that I was physically able to return yesterday or today. I was told by everyone I spoke with yesteray afternoon and this morning, attendance for yesterday/today was down 50-60%. Most stayed in the hotels as the shuttle buses were either not picking up or taking forever to get there and no telling about getting them back.

 

There are some folks I missed that I won't get a chance to see again until next year or the year after unless I go to see them.

 

As far as the choices made my GEMA, Governor Deal, And Mayor Reed, .....Bull Chit.

 

Yes, they would have gotten the knuckles rapped for crying wolf and closing the schools early monday and advising workers to pack up and leave at the first sign of snow. Yes spreading the sand and salt would have been a waste had no inclement weater, read that to BIC, occured.

 

But how much money was spent as a result of trying to unlock the grid after the fact ?

 

How many TENS of THOUSANDS of people spent the night in the cars stuck on a highway ?

 

How many thousands of hours of overtime to watch over the children stuck at schools ?

 

Extra overtime for Law Enforcement ? Millions and millions in insurance claims ?

 

Yes, you are responsible for yourself, and had I know up front the weather was indeed predicted to be coming, I at least would have been in touch with some folks outside to let us know what was happening. Unfortunately for me, niether Verizon or AT&T Cells get great reception in the exhibit halls. MrsSurepip had actually sent me a message at noon telling me it was getting bad in Paulding, but that message did not show up on my phone until she was able to call me several hours alter.

 

But it was GEMA, and Gov Deal's responsibility to be looking out for me, kind of a "Got your Back" sort of thing, and they failed.

 

The film Lori Deering [sp?] from Channel 2, WSB had last night of the GEMA Operations Center said it ALL, big time. At 2:00pm, it was empty!!!!! No one doing anything, with the snow already accumulating outside and the gridlock starting. I have to assume since they had been called up to man the center and be ready to go......that they cho9se to take a 3 hour lunch to make certain they were well fed for the all-nighter ahead of them.

 

 

If you are going to ERR, and make that a BIG TIME ERR, wouldn't it be safer and a better bet to ERR on the side of caution and making DAMN certain that those people [me included] did not have too spend a night like they did ?

 

For us, the really, really frustrating part was knowing we were withing 15-20 minutes of making it up the hill at 6 Flags before it iced over. We could see the front of the line where all the tail lights stopped, and darkness up the hill.

 

And by the way, within the confinese of the Congress Center I did not hear 1 word about the snow/ice until we were on the way out the door to the parking lot.

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The IPPE Poultry Production Exposition is for 2-1/2 days, once a year. Many of the international visitors, and exhibitors only attend every other year [Most of the European Exhibitors on participate in the Odd Years, as they want us to change it to an every other year show like there shows].

 

The show was Tuesday, yesterday and until 2:00pm today.

 

I have had visitors, here, and that I have been meeting with since the end of last week.

 

Normally, I stay at the Holiday Inn on International, and walk to the congress center. Or take one one of shuttle buses if the weather is bad. However, I am currently a Knee/Hip replacement candidate and can hardly walk, so I worked out an arrangement to go with a local friend trying to get involved with some of the poultry equipment manufacturers. He dropped me at the front door to the WCC, and I had a scooter reserved.

 

I saw a short segement of the news weather Monday night, and did not notice any glaring red flags about bad weather.

 

We were inside the Congress Center when it started snowing. I had pre-arranged meetings with people from Australia, Venezuela, Brasil, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Holland, France and England. I was able to see all of them.

 

My wife notified me mid afternoon she was home, and that we had best head that way....ASAP. WE were supposed to stay until 6:00-6:30, but headed out at 4:00. In the back of my mind I was thinking that SURELY to God our illustrious governmental leaders would not have screwed up again as they did in 1982, 1993, and 2011.

 

I was wrong. And paid the price. Sitting at the bottom of the 6 Flags Hill on Interstate 20 West, not moving a foot from 9:45 pm until 6:45 pm.

 

Needless to say, I paid my penance with my hip and knee, stranded in the car all night.

 

Worse for me, no way that I was physically able to return yesterday or today. I was told by everyone I spoke with yesteray afternoon and this morning, attendance for yesterday/today was down 50-60%. Most stayed in the hotels as the shuttle buses were either not picking up or taking forever to get there and no telling about getting them back.

 

There are some folks I missed that I won't get a chance to see again until next year or the year after unless I go to see them.

 

As far as the choices made my GEMA, Governor Deal, And Mayor Reed, .....Bull Chit.

 

Yes, they would have gotten the knuckles rapped for crying wolf and closing the schools early monday and advising workers to pack up and leave at the first sign of snow. Yes spreading the sand and salt would have been a waste had no inclement weater, read that to BIC, occured.

 

But how much money was spent as a result of trying to unlock the grid after the fact ?

 

How many TENS of THOUSANDS of people spent the night in the cars stuck on a highway ?

 

How many thousands of hours of overtime to watch over the children stuck at schools ?

 

Extra overtime for Law Enforcement ? Millions and millions in insurance claims ?

 

Yes, you are responsible for yourself, and had I know up front the weather was indeed predicted to be coming, I at least would have been in touch with some folks outside to let us know what was happening. Unfortunately for me, niether Verizon or AT&T Cells get great reception in the exhibit halls. MrsSurepip had actually sent me a message at noon telling me it was getting bad in Paulding, but that message did not show up on my phone until she was able to call me several hours alter.

 

But it was GEMA, and Gov Deal's responsibility to be looking out for me, kind of a "Got your Back" sort of thing, and they failed.

 

The film Lori Deering [sp?] from Channel 2, WSB had last night of the GEMA Operations Center said it ALL, big time. At 2:00pm, it was empty!!!!! No one doing anything, with the snow already accumulating outside and the gridlock starting. I have to assume since they had been called up to man the center and be ready to go......that they cho9se to take a 3 hour lunch to make certain they were well fed for the all-nighter ahead of them.

 

 

If you are going to ERR, and make that a BIG TIME ERR, wouldn't it be safer and a better bet to ERR on the side of caution and making DAMN certain that those people [me included] did not have too spend a night like they did ?

 

For us, the really, really frustrating part was knowing we were withing 15-20 minutes of making it up the hill at 6 Flags before it iced over. We could see the front of the line where all the tail lights stopped, and darkness up the hill.

 

And by the way, within the confinese of the Congress Center I did not hear 1 word about the snow/ice until we were on the way out the door to the parking lot.

I'm glad you made it home. I'm sorry your in more pain. But, again you and MRNN are talking about the gooberment part of this. I'm going on about the personal responsibility part.

While you were in the car on the way back, and then getting stuck, did you have a blanket in the car? Did you or your friend (knowing that there was questionable weather) have at least a couple bottles of water?

 

I am starting to think based on the gooberment should've done X here, and in other threads, that a lot of folks were never in the scouts, service, or ever been in this situation before.

Surpip you are prepared at your home, as most of us appear to be, but how many are prepared for stuff when they are on the road?

 

BTW there will be people who will need help with groceries soon. These will be the people who if they miss work they lose money. Please as soon as the all clear is given help our local food pantries help those folks out.

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i was ok on gas, snacks, bottled water, blanket, phone charger, and positive/determined attitude.

i'm definitely going to throw a pair of tennis shoes in the car though. my work heels were not adequate footwear for the situation.

Maybe not tennis shoes for this kind of weather. I have an old pair of hiking boots (I almost gave them away) that I am thankful I have now. Those things are 10+ yrs old, and still in great shape.

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The IPPE Poultry Production Exposition is for 2-1/2 days, once a year. Many of the international visitors, and exhibitors only attend every other year [Most of the European Exhibitors on participate in the Odd Years, as they want us to change it to an every other year show like there shows].

 

The show was Tuesday, yesterday and until 2:00pm today.

 

 

Hi Surepip.

 

A old friend of mine was also at the show, he sells chicken equipment out of Kennesaw and lives off of Wade Green exit of 75. He called yesterday and told me he got the word from his wife about 3:00 and didn't get home until just after 1:00 AM that night. I don't think he tried to go back yesterday either.

 

Hope you both are able to make up for the lost contacts.

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We watched the news all week to determine what needed to be done to prepare. We also figured the snow would move up from South of I-20. Monday morning around 6:30 we decided it was best to keep the kids home. We figured school would be let out early, but we did not want our kids on the roads after the snow started to stick and didn't want to chance it.

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The IPPE Poultry Production Exposition is for 2-1/2 days, once a year. Many of the international visitors, and exhibitors only attend every other year [Most of the European Exhibitors on participate in the Odd Years, as they want us to change it to an every other year show like there shows].

 

The show was Tuesday, yesterday and until 2:00pm today.

 

I have had visitors, here, and that I have been meeting with since the end of last week.

 

Normally, I stay at the Holiday Inn on International, and walk to the congress center. Or take one one of shuttle buses if the weather is bad. However, I am currently a Knee/Hip replacement candidate and can hardly walk, so I worked out an arrangement to go with a local friend trying to get involved with some of the poultry equipment manufacturers. He dropped me at the front door to the WCC, and I had a scooter reserved.

 

I saw a short segement of the news weather Monday night, and did not notice any glaring red flags about bad weather.

 

We were inside the Congress Center when it started snowing. I had pre-arranged meetings with people from Australia, Venezuela, Brasil, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Holland, France and England. I was able to see all of them.

 

My wife notified me mid afternoon she was home, and that we had best head that way....ASAP. WE were supposed to stay until 6:00-6:30, but headed out at 4:00. In the back of my mind I was thinking that SURELY to God our illustrious governmental leaders would not have screwed up again as they did in 1982, 1993, and 2011.

 

I was wrong. And paid the price. Sitting at the bottom of the 6 Flags Hill on Interstate 20 West, not moving a foot from 9:45 pm until 6:45 pm.

 

Needless to say, I paid my penance with my hip and knee, stranded in the car all night.

 

Worse for me, no way that I was physically able to return yesterday or today. I was told by everyone I spoke with yesteray afternoon and this morning, attendance for yesterday/today was down 50-60%. Most stayed in the hotels as the shuttle buses were either not picking up or taking forever to get there and no telling about getting them back.

 

There are some folks I missed that I won't get a chance to see again until next year or the year after unless I go to see them.

 

As far as the choices made my GEMA, Governor Deal, And Mayor Reed, .....Bull Chit.

 

Yes, they would have gotten the knuckles rapped for crying wolf and closing the schools early monday and advising workers to pack up and leave at the first sign of snow. Yes spreading the sand and salt would have been a waste had no inclement weater, read that to BIC, occured.

 

But how much money was spent as a result of trying to unlock the grid after the fact ?

 

How many TENS of THOUSANDS of people spent the night in the cars stuck on a highway ?

 

How many thousands of hours of overtime to watch over the children stuck at schools ?

 

Extra overtime for Law Enforcement ? Millions and millions in insurance claims ?

 

Yes, you are responsible for yourself, and had I know up front the weather was indeed predicted to be coming, I at least would have been in touch with some folks outside to let us know what was happening. Unfortunately for me, niether Verizon or AT&T Cells get great reception in the exhibit halls. MrsSurepip had actually sent me a message at noon telling me it was getting bad in Paulding, but that message did not show up on my phone until she was able to call me several hours alter.

 

But it was GEMA, and Gov Deal's responsibility to be looking out for me, kind of a "Got your Back" sort of thing, and they failed.

 

The film Lori Deering [sp?] from Channel 2, WSB had last night of the GEMA Operations Center said it ALL, big time. At 2:00pm, it was empty!!!!! No one doing anything, with the snow already accumulating outside and the gridlock starting. I have to assume since they had been called up to man the center and be ready to go......that they cho9se to take a 3 hour lunch to make certain they were well fed for the all-nighter ahead of them.

 

 

If you are going to ERR, and make that a BIG TIME ERR, wouldn't it be safer and a better bet to ERR on the side of caution and making DAMN certain that those people [me included] did not have too spend a night like they did ?

 

For us, the really, really frustrating part was knowing we were withing 15-20 minutes of making it up the hill at 6 Flags before it iced over. We could see the front of the line where all the tail lights stopped, and darkness up the hill.

 

And by the way, within the confinese of the Congress Center I did not hear 1 word about the snow/ice until we were on the way out the door to the parking lot.

 

 

Hey Pip, My wife made it home from midtown in two hours. But she knows Atlanta like the back of her hand and she knows what people do around here in the snow. She never got on an interstate. And she is a southern girl. Imagine that. That's one southern girl that knows how to drive in the snow. Did you have a southerner driving you? hehehe

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