Doing the standing still: Snowstorm invites status updates in gridlock
Yesterday's glut of snow led to an unprecedented outbreak of texting, Twittering and Facebooking from behind the wheel. Fortunately, the authors of all this phone-delivered prose were stuck standing still on roads around the Washington area and in no position to endanger any other drivers while they shared the joy.
The following is a small selection of tweets seen last night from victims and observers of a particularly wretched commute:
Getting home was no guarantee of happiness either:
Some particularly bored friends took to posting mile-by-mile updates of their progress home on Facebook. One long-ago colleague took a screenshot of his iPhone's display of Google Maps traffic data showing Northern Virginia roads outlined in solid red at 9:30 and captioned it: "Looks like my angiogram..."
After he'd arrived home, he noted that the 17-mile trek took six hours and five minutes, at a slower-than-snowshoeing average of 2.87 mph.
(As for my own journey home, I'll just note that I've rarely appreciated my walk-to-Metro commute more.)
If you were imprisoned in a car or bus on the roads last night, what did you do to pass the time online? Did you pick up any useful tips from other people's updates along the way?
(I hope all of you can now enjoy the beautiful landscape outside instead of schlepping back into work. If so, you may want to revisit the tips I posted on taking better pictures in the snow last year.)
| January 27, 2011; 8:37 AM ET
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