Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 2, 2014

Atlanta survival guide

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Atlanta continues to whine about their two inches of snow that created problems on the highways and byways of that fair city on Tuesday.

Honestly, traffic in Atlanta is a problem when it’s 75 degrees and sunny. I’ve lived in and visited some big cities before, but I’ve yet to see anything like Atlanta’s traffic.

Atlanta drivers are the ants of the commuting world. They never change from that path once they learn it, and that path is the highway.

In Dallas, they’re tearing up LBJ, otherwise known as 635, to build more lanes. It’s a zoo. Seriously, to go anywhere will take you an extra hour or more if you make the colossal mistake of getting on LBJ. Now, a normal person will try it once and learn from that error. She (or he) will figure out alternate routes using surface roads, or other highways, or will adjust their work schedule.

Atlanta drivers aren’t normal. The last time I was out there, the main highway running north-south in Atlanta was 18 lanes wide, and during rush hour it looked like a mall parking lot on Christmas Eve.

Imagine if the folks of Corsicana had continued using Seventh Avenue despite the construction. What’s that definition of crazy, ‘doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time?’ Yeah, that’s Atlanta.

So, I wasn’t surprised that Atlanta commuters were stranded on the highway in their cars in the two inches of snow for up to 18 or 19 hours.

Because Atlanta is the home of CNN and the Weather Channel, there were tons of reporters all doing these stories on these people’s plights, which cracked me up. As well, there were accounts of people in their cars whose friends and families were bringing them food.

Let’s think about this for a second. Their friends and families and hordes of reporters could get to them where they were “trapped.” As well, this took place after three days of the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service warning about the two inches of snow headed their way.

Comparatively, there were the people of Valdez, Alaska, who’s only road into the city was blocked off by an avalanche. One neighborhood up there was completely cut off for about a week.

A woman who lives in the neighborhood told the Anchorage Daily News that they all managed just fine, and that a helicopter had dropped off milk, eggs, cheese, fruit and veggies last Monday.

If it had been Atlanta, they’d have eaten the pets Wednesday and been eying the neighbors by the weekend. Well, that is if they’d bothered to get out of their cars at all.

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Janet Jacobs is City Editor of the Daily Sun. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” to this article? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com