I am sitting in my house, on top of a mountain in the Smokies listening to thunderous rain . Sometimes the rain makes so much noise falling on the roof I can't hear the music playing on my computer.
I'm trying to coordinate a rescue and recovery (on the miniscule family scale) using cell phones.
At 3:30 this afternoon, my son got off work down on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. It was already too late to make it home because the ice was falling hard and sticking to everything. The roads were going bad fast, visibility in the snow was falling to below safe levels, and the Ohio side of the river had already started closing the bridges.
So he called me and we agreed he would head for the nearest motel, get off the road for tonight, and hope that the city and state got the roads cleared sometime tomorrow.
Unfortunately, before he could reach the hotel, he slid off the road into the ditch. This was about four this afternoon.
I called his sister, she called our road side service, and the wrecker was "on the way" with an ETA of one hour. I knew this was B.S. because I know the wreckers take the closest jobs so they can get more of them. They make hay while the sun shines, so to speak. It is now seven thirty, and no sign of the wrecker. When my daughter calls them they say they have been delayed. So, my son has been sitting in the car by the side of the road for three hours now.
He has everything you need for an event like that, it's just boring and I think sitting by the road when people are sliding left and right is probaby not a good idea. I just got off the phone with the hotel, making sure his reservation is guarenteed, because it would be a real disappointment to finally make it there and be told there was no room in the Inn.
The big lesson of this is that even if cell phones are expensive, they are essential. Also, never trust a wrecker service under any circumstances ( I already knew this but I doubt my son did.) Always carry your credit card on you, always keep a cell phone charger in the car. Don't try to get out and dig your way out when people are sliding by left and right, you might get squashed. Better to have them hit the car than hit you.
I hope they pick him up soon. He sounds really beat. Once he's at the hotel, he can have a hot shower, eat a good meal, and get some rest. His little Jeep Liberty is a good car, but it is not meant for these kinds of conditions. When my son told me earlier in the week that his coworkers were putting snow tires on their cars, I rediculed the idea because the Weather Channel indicated this would not be that bad in his town. I guess I have some lessons to relearn.