Right after Christmas, New Jersey was pummeled with a winter snow storm that dropped 32 inches on our Jersey Shore town, crippling the entire state with record amounts of snowfall and high winds that created 6 foot drifts in some areas.
At 3 am on Sunday night the snow was still coming down and the wind was gusting at top speed. My snowblower was buried in the yard. My cars were buried in a snowy grave and my poor lighted reindeer were covered by the White After-Christmas festivities.
We were plowed out pretty quickly (by Monday night), no thanks to the Township, but there were still some people on Wednesday whose streets weren’t touched and who were stranded at home as they waited as slaves to their municipality.
That meant no work, no food and if you were is real bad shape – no toilet paper!
My dad was stuck at our house for at least another day but was dying to go home on Tuesday. At 2 pm, with a shovel thrown in the back of my BMW, we made our way up the block to the main drag. At the end of the poorly plowed, slippery street the snow walls were so high that you had to creep out a little bit to see and pray you didn’t get hit by a car carelessly barreling around the curve.
As luck would have it my low-to-the-ground BMW with its performance tires got stuck right at the end of the block. I rocked back and forth for a good 15 minutes before I freed myself for the rut I was it while 2 male “neighbors” watched like the jerk offs that they are. My 83-year-old father insisted on getting out to push me loose but I told him to stay in the friggin’ car and if anyone had to push it would be me.
Happily, we made it out and continued sliding all the way to the GSP.
The roads were terrible especially through Monmouth County. I was driving along and all of a sudden a lane would end. End. No kidding. It would end and I had two choices:
- crash into the snow bank and destroy my car and/or its passengers.
- quickly jump to next lane without crashing into another car.
What a nightmare! Three lanes went to two lanes. Then the two right lanes. Then all of a sudden travel was in the 2 left lanes. One lane. Two lanes. Three lanes. One lane. One and half – and on and on and on.
This was all south of the bridge which only proves my theory that towns and the state for that matter below the bridge are clueless about snow removal. What a half-assed job that cause countless accidents, debilitating traffic and general malaise.
When we arrived my father and I were arguing about who would shovel a path to his door. Stubborn Daddy won but then let me take over half way through. My father’s town was shoddily plowed as well but I made it in and out with no major problems.
So headed southbound and as soon as I got on the Parkway, I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I was stuck for at least 45 minutes in a 3 mile span because of an overturned car that I never saw. It was stop and go all the way but the fun stuff came south of the bridge. Not only did going north suck, southbound sucked too.
Again with the disappearing lanes! What the Hell? Five hours later at almost 5 pm I arrived home. A trip that should have taken less than 2 hours!
Just another reason to hate New Jersey. Highest property taxes. Ridiculous cost of living. Bully governor. I cannot go on for fear I might offend someone. That about sums it up.
Some people have to go to work because they don’t get paid if they don’t. Isn’t the economy bad enough? Listen, I know it was a lot of snow but why was the State is such disarray this time around? Can anyone answer that? I can’t. I can only deal with the aftermath of this most-memorable blizzard.
I hope you’re all dug out and safe at home with your families. Be well and…
Happy New Year!
© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010
- Frustrated N.J. residents unleash post-blizzard wrath on plow drivers, officials, neighbors (nj.com)
- Bus is stuck in snow along Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County (nj.com)
- Red Cross rescues N.J. drivers stranded in cars for days, Jersey Shore residents without heat, food (nj.com)
- Plows, accidents and speed restrictions take over N.J. roads as commuters are urged to stay home (nj.com)
- Not a blizzard, but snowfall was one for the books (philly.com)
- Snowfall total climbs into 30-inch range in several Union County towns (nj.com)
- New Jersey tentatively resumes life after epic blizzard (nj.com)
- Christie’s political snowpocalypse? (politico.com)