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All the Baristaville schools are closed today. We're going back to bed. While we're sleeping, here's where you can talk about the lack of toughness of kids and school districts these days/how you walked 10 miles to school uphill (both ways)/the best recipe for hot cocoa/where you buy your kids' boots/spinouts you've seen/etc. UPDATE: Glen Ridge Library closed too.

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December 9, 2005 in Buzz | Permalink

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O Happy Day!

Posted by: Jessica | Dec 9, 2005 8:03:42 AM

and after walking 10 miles uphill in the snow, I had to do my 'rithmetic problems on the back of a shovel.

Posted by: The Iceman | Dec 9, 2005 8:07:13 AM

LOL, Iceman.

Posted by: annie oakley | Dec 9, 2005 8:10:02 AM

That's why you flunked spelling?

And we had to walk 11 miles through the Occupied Bronx to get to classes at Our Lady of Perpetual Guilt. Whack! Ow! Sorry Sister Visigoth. I won't do that again. Whack! Ow!

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 8:24:54 AM

There were times that I walked through about 8 inches of snow only to arrive at school with a handful of students and teachers. Then the school would show a movie in the auditorium for the small audience. I recall one time it was "Gulliver's Travels."

BTW-I made it into work in Fairfield. Hardly anyone on the bus or the roads. This will all clear up around one o'clock.

Posted by: Krys | Dec 9, 2005 8:25:16 AM

Iceman, what's the weather channel saying? I'm too lazy to turn it on!

Posted by: Dana | Dec 9, 2005 8:35:54 AM

Ugh, what a disaster. Made it into work thanks to 4-wheel drive and public transportation. Trains were EMPTY (normally packed when it snows), but subways had the typical volume.

I guess there will be a lot of people out Christmas shopping while I sit at work in my wet sneakers. Brr.

Posted by: Erin | Dec 9, 2005 8:49:07 AM

around 6 inches of messy snow stopping around 11:00ish...now get back to your constitutional law books!

Posted by: The Iceman | Dec 9, 2005 8:50:02 AM

erin...u need to get a screen saver of the yule log to warm you up

Posted by: The Iceman | Dec 9, 2005 8:53:20 AM

Does anyone actually expect me to work today? At least 75% of my department is still MIA, with a few confirmed absences.

Come on people, I need some controversy to read!

I'll be back after a nap or something.......

Posted by: Erin | Dec 9, 2005 10:03:26 AM

Erin,
Imagine you're in your dorm room on a snow day and one of the floors potheads walks in and asks...if I eat light bulbs all day will I light up at night?

Posted by: The Iceman | Dec 9, 2005 10:23:47 AM

Made it in to NYC today where the snow has turned over to rain and slush. Yuck. Would rather have the snow!

Was in Maine yesterday, which had NO snow at all.

Weird, weird, weird.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Dec 9, 2005 10:40:14 AM

Krys - I work in Fairfield, also - left Brookdale at 9:00, got stuck behind a breached bus in Montclair - that was fun - dropped off "she who must be obeyed" in Roseland at 10, and got to Fairfield at 10:30. Now I know why the property taxes in Fairfield are so low: they have no services. I did get to see a Master of the Universe in a BMW 745 spin off the road though - that was the highlight of the trip.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 11:03:30 AM

What exactly is a breached bus? Did it really come apart?

Snow stopped at 10:00. I was due in at work at 11:00, called after I got the car cleaned off to say I was leaving but might be a bit late, they said stay home, roads are too cruddy. Cool.

Posted by: crank | Dec 9, 2005 11:44:02 AM

A breached bus was probably doing donuts on The Avenue.

Conan, you made me chuckle to myself at my desk with that Rumpole of the Bailey description of yer wife.

Yes, Fairfield is nearly out in the sticks in many ways.

Posted by: Krys | Dec 9, 2005 12:39:43 PM

Well guys, Conan is stumped - I thought that "Breaching" was a term used when something turned sideways, but I'll be damned if I can find it anywhere. Gimme a Mulligan: "The bus was broadside on Bloomfield Avenue."

I didn't know that Rumpole used "La Mandamus" to describe his wife. I got it from a friend in New Zealand, who referred to his girlfriend as "SWMBO."

Ah well. Just made another trip out of my cave. Streets are still crappy in Fairfield, but the sun is shining and it is almost Friday night and I'm gonna get all liquored up!

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 1:04:37 PM

Wait! Stop the Presses!! When a whale breaks through the surface of the water and spins around and then crashes back into to the soup, that is called "breaching!" Honest. That's what the bus did (kinda). Honest. Please go here to check it out (the whale, not the bus). http://www.natures-spirit.com/pages/stock/hwq.html

And, I want my Mulligan back. I may need it later.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 1:07:47 PM

Boss never showed, so I left work early and did some Christmas shopping. Now it's time to get all dressed up so I can go get all liquored up at a holiday party. Woo!

Posted by: Erin | Dec 9, 2005 1:48:49 PM

Conan, from Wikipedia:

Rumpole "secretly calls his wife Hilda "She Who Must Be Obeyed", a reference to the novel She by H. Rider Haggard."

And we're closing up early too! Whoo hoo!

Posted by: Krys | Dec 9, 2005 2:22:19 PM

Enjoy your weekends, y'all.

I am going to make a valiant attempt not to even look at the frikkin' computer until next Monday, so libel me at your convenience and leisure.

Woo Woo Woo!

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 2:30:44 PM

So are you saying the bus left the pavement? (The whale thing is actually one of the dictionary definitions - yes I looked it up - but it was hard to imagine a bus doing that.)

Continuing the whale theme, I was wondering if instead there was a typo and you were alluding to the classic beached whale; but considering that you are one of the most typographically correct posters here, that seemed less likely than an actual breach reference.

I realize I may be talking into thin air.

Posted by: crank | Dec 9, 2005 3:00:56 PM

No, you are talking to thin hair, though...:) No, it is one of those lexicographic foibles many people have. I use "breached" to describe something that has slued sideways, and that is incorrect.

As far as I could tell, the bus didn't leave the pavement as much as it couldn't get its wheels onto the pavement, and therefore spun them while sliding backwards and sluing. Yeah, that's it... it was sluing.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 3:08:09 PM

No, you are talking to thin hair, though...:) No, it is one of those lexicographic foibles many people have. I use "breached" to describe something that has slued sideways, and that is incorrect.

As far as I could tell, the bus didn't leave the pavement as much as it couldn't get its wheels onto the pavement, and therefore spun them while sliding backwards and sluing. Yeah, that's it... it was sluing.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Dec 9, 2005 3:09:42 PM

Heh, one thin hair talking to another....

"Breached" actually sounds right in that sluing context, I get it now. Heck, if "pleather" can make it into the dictionary, why not a new def of breached?

Posted by: crank | Dec 9, 2005 5:23:55 PM


Here's hoping for a white Christmas!

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