The streets and sidewalks are like ice skating rinks, it’s colder than a witch’s tit well-diggers knees. (Nobody has complained that my tits are cold.) I have been playing Geek Squad, trying to fix the used laptop The Boyo has, with the corrupted operating system. He bought it used, and it came with lots of porn. Some of which was hidden in the system files. So we formatted the disk, and put Windows XP upgrade on. Of course, now we have no drivers. Not to worry, Dell is going to send us a backup disk.
In the course of all this, we ventured out to Seattle Center, where they have free wi-fi at Center House. It was so slick, I thought I was going to have to chain up Epona to go up the hill. We got there about four, and most of the food court had already shut down. No Starbucks for me. (pout) But of course, we couldn’t get online because we didn’t have the wi-fi card drivers.
Center House was an interesting study. There was a fair number of people there, but mostly because the city told the homeless to go hang out there until the shelters opened for the night. So you had homeless men, homeless women and homeless families all hanging out. One other guy had a laptop, but mostly people were just sitting and chatting.
Meanwhile the city is under siege. Bus service has been cut by 50%, mostly because the buses can’t get up the hills, even with chains on. About 300 buses were out of commission and stranded somewhere at one time yesterday. One driver waited 12 hours for a tow. Articulated buses slid down hills and jack-knifed. One bus went down a steep embankment and landed in somebody’s back yard. It’ll probably be there a while, I don’t think it’s a priority for Metro to get it out. Miraculously, nobody has been badly hurt in a bus accident, not even in the two buses that ended up dangling over I-5. I’m glad they were high school students, and not elderly tourists. It could have been much worse.
Cars haven’t been so lucky, they seemed to have been playing 10-pins with each other. Like these two. Humans fall down, go boom, break things, too. I’m glad I’m not working in the Emergency Room at Harborview right now. And don’t need their services either. House fires have increased because people are using space heaters, and maybe starting fires in their fireplaces and get chimney fires.
We are supposed to get more snow tonight, in the opposite direction to the usual one, which means that the downtown and shore areas will be dumped on, and the hills where the snow usually falls will get less. My Weatherbug has been throwing up alerts several times an hour, and won’t go away until you click on it. It seriously wants you to know there is another storm coming. Scariest is that we are supposed to get rain Monday and Tuesday, which will melt the snow and result in flooding. Just in time for Christmas.
So the current plan around here is that I am hunkered down, only taking Friday out as necessary, and bribing The Boyo to do that most of the time. Time to cook, sew, read. Be very grateful for new windows. Anytime I think they aren’t making a difference, all I have to do is go out into the hall where the windows haven’t been replaced yet.
Now it’s time for me to take Friday out, then crawl in bed and let The Boyo warm my feet up.