ever since the first threat of snow on monday night that ultimately squandered school on tuesday, the kids have been talking about how great it would be to have a nine day weekend.
today they got their wish, and that original inch and a half of snow / ice has managed to cancel school for four straight days. you can tell parents are a bit incredulous at all the cancellations based on the exhaustive justification the district sent out –
due to icy parking lots and walkways, dangerously low temperatures, buses that have trouble starting and heating issues in multiple older buildings…
on the road outside our neighborhood is a nasty, ninety-degree turn. coming from one direction the hair pin turn is at the end of a long straight away. even though the straight bit is in a school zone there are few other roads, driveways or other things that would discourage folks from speeding, so there is a lot of speeding on this road.
shortly after we moved in to the neighborhood, a week before high school graduation a senior who lived in the neighborhood crashed just before the corner. the boy survived but was never the same. i never pass that corner or his house without thinking of him.
a couple of months ago another car crashed on that corner but this accident also took out the train signal on the corner. what nasty, hair pin turn would be complete without a train crossing as well?
shortly after that accident they put down rumble strips on the road. the raised painted lines vibrate the car and rumble in your ear. there are two large sets of them before the corner.
it wasn’t my son who’s life that was ruined on that stretch of road but i’m baffled that a loss of property, not life inspired a safety measure to be installed on that road…