One of the greatest things about living in New Jersey is that the entire state gets into a frenzy whenever there is even the slightest chance that there might be snow in the forecast. Yesterday, all of the major news channels were talking about how Central and Northern New Jersey were going to be blasted with snow. The reports even called for upwards of 5 or 6 inches of snow in Monmouth County where the snow accumulation is minimal at best.
Well, in preparation for the pending snowstorm most of my co-workers and I decided not to go to work today no matter what the weather. This was actually a decent decision since I woke up around 5:30am to check outside and we had about 4 inches of snow and absolutely no trucks on the road clearing for the morning commute. I think that the entire state figured that it needed a snow day and thus the truck drivers were given some extra time to sleep in while the snow accumulated. I should note, though, that as I’m writing this I’m looking outside of my window and the roads are completely cleared in my part of Tinton Falls and there is actually some traffic moving around outside.
The one thing that annoyed the hell out of me this morning was the local college where I teach part-time. I’m signed up for their emergency alert system which is very helpful when the college shuts down due to inclement weather. However, someone must have been going crazy over there this morning because I got two phone calls on my home line, two phone calls on my cell, two text messages, two e-mails on my work e-mail, and two e-mails on my home e-mail. I thought that was a bit overboard for 5:45am so I took myself off of their notification lists.
For those of you who are either off today because of the weather or working from home – enjoy it!