Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Open Letter to Richmonders

Dear Richmonders who have no idea how to deal with snow. This is an open letter to all of you. Pay attention, this could make your lives much easier.

  1. If you own property with a sidewalk, it is YOUR responsibility, not the city's, to clear the sidewalk. It is 8 blocks from my apartment to Kroger, with many properties along the way. Exactly 4 properties on Nansemond cleared their walks (including, to their great credit, the Verizon building that Verizon's trying to get rid of), and exactly 0 properties on Thompson cleared theirs. Do your civic duty and buy a shovel.
  2. Yes, the sun will help considerably, but only if you give it a start. If you want your car to be nice and clean on Monday morning, that means cleaning off the snow on Sunday morning so that the sun can do it's job during the day. A single day's worth of sun in the middle of winter will not completely melt 10 inches of snow off of your car that's parked in the shade.
  3. If you do clean your car off, move the snow onto the grass ... DON'T just shift it onto the parking lot. If you do, it will slightly melt, and then refreeze overnight, and then you'll have a wall of ice around not just your car, but also around the cars parked next to you.
  4. If your car is stuck and spinning its wheels to no avail, the correct solution is not to spin your wheels harder. It is to a) turn your wheels back and forth to get some grip and b) ask for help if that doesn't work.
  5. Just because you have a truck doesn't mean you can drive in snow like you drive in clear weather. And to the idiot pickup driver who nearly caused a 3-vehicle crash at Nansemond and Grove by trying to make the red light and then lost control and skidded sideways through the intersection ... you are really REALLY lucky the only thing that happened was that the other 2 cars blew their horns at you.

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