Winter Misery, Winter Photo Challenge

Canada
February 13, 2016 7:58am CST
A couple of years ago we headed south with a couple of weeks to be used at places we had never been. A week at Myrtle Beach and a week at Hilton Head. We knew it was not going to be hot there in the winter but there were things we wanted to check out. We were on vacation. Our destination was south Florida which was beautiful when we got there. Myrtle Beach was beautiful. On the way there we stopped at a seafood place and found out an ice storm was on its way. It made us nervous thinking of driving on icy roads with southerners who don't know about Icy roads. Our condo was all glass, it had beautiful views of the city and the beach. We were on the top floor and could see forever...sort of. We shopped for enough food for us for a few days in case the ice was bad. Good thing we did. See photo above. We had a couple of nice days to sight see and then the ice came. We stayed home the first day then thought about calling a cab and going out to dinner. I suggested we phone the restaurant first. Yup, I was right, the restaurant was closed, so was the taxi company. No one was driving. From our view we saw only emergency vehicles. Everything was closed for days. On day three we asked at the desk when would it get better...where are the sanders, where are the plows? Snow shovels, salt? We were informed we were in the south and be patient, it will melt. And it did eventually... I didn't know everything just stops until it melts, schools, restaurants, shopping malls, everything...did you know that? Alfredo Rossi @amadeo started the challenge.
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@BelleStarr (37600)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Feb 16
lol that is the way it is all across the south, it happens so rarely that they don't invest in snow or ice equipment.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
It took us by surprise but we understood once it happened.
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@salonga (27986)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate Yes we did not take the risk all the more because we were driving on a zigzag road.
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@sueznewz2 (9835)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Feb 16
I still would not have expected those temperatures.... that sounds like the UK we are just not prepared for it.... and it would have taken a whole lot longer to melt too.... lol's I hope you were not too bored....
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
We were bored, with a beach right out the door, I did manage to carefully get to the beach with my camera, it was darn slippery even on the sand so I stayed pretty much under a pier and enjoyed the walks while the roads were melting
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate another photo
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Feb 16
That is the way it is in the south. We don't get a lot of snow but when we do, we just have to wait for it to melt. We don't have any snow plows but they do have salt trucks that go out.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
When I lived in Kansas we has sanders and salters, Myrtle had nothing. It was an interesting experience.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate I'm sure it was interesting. We don't get hardly any snow compared to North and East of us.
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@allknowing (63049)
• India
14 Feb 16
Wait till it melts. Sometimes it could be eternity (lol)
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
We had no choice, we waited until it melted...three days of our vacation stuck in a small condo with a great view....it could have been worse.
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@allknowing (63049)
• India
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate Atleast you had great views. and that's what I call positive thinking (lol)
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@jaboUK (53528)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 16
It's a bit like that in England as we're not used to really heavy snow.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
It was almost comical to us who have lived in the north most of our lives. In Garden City Kansas, the town used road graders to clear off snow but it never snowed much so it didn't matter.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 16
It's not much like it, people are definitely not happy to wait patiently for the stuff to melt! They complain like crazy and say Britain is useless compared to other countries. The complainers should read this!
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@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Feb 16
I have heard they don't know how to drive in it and everything shuts down. My brother moved to Alabama a year ago. He told me they had some snow and he was the only one out driving in it. The cops pulled him over and told him to get off the roads, he told them he was from Chicago and they told him ok go on your way lol.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
That is an interesting story. We knew we were not going to drive, we'd take cabs in the ice. But then all the cabs were closed too. We stayed in the condo but by day three we went out and found the roads were melting and some enterprising people beach sand on the hills.
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@fishtiger58 (30346)
• Momence, Illinois
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate It makes sense that those in the south don't know how to drive in snow, but to us northerners we are baffled when they close the roads for an inch of snow.
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@garymarsh6 (13423)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 16
HA ha I suppose it happens so rarely there is little point in investing in snow clearing equipment and you just have to sit it out. Here in the UK many people especially youngsters do not know how to drive in the snow as we rarely get much. The country comes to a standstill with an inch of snow can you believe!
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
IM beginning to understand that, reading the comments left on my story. I had no idea England was not fully snow plowed...
@PatZAnthony (12573)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Feb 16
Life should be easier-everyone is in such a rush. Wonder what would happen if they had tons of snow? Could everything stop for weeks?
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
I don't know, it was ice and not snow but it stopped everything. You are in the Carolinas, do you have sanders, salters and plows? Just curious.
@JudyEv (121012)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I guess they save a lot of money not having sanders, etc and just waiting for it to melt.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
That's it, @JudyEv. It usually doesn't there so they don't have the machines and the only choice is to let it melt.
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@Corbin5 (102758)
• United States
13 Feb 16
In the Chicago area, everything is open when the winter weather becomes nasty. Streets are cleared non-stop. Yep, the South just does not have the experience to deal with cold, ice and snow. I would rather not have the experience and live in a warmer place.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
We head south every winter just to be warm foe a period of time, that ice even surprised us.
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@Ladypeace (2063)
• Singapore
13 Feb 16
How depressing when things are forced to stop in their tracks because of the snow. Pretty picture, we can see how frozen it really was.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
It was a show stopper, not a car on the road for days.
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@amadeo (63789)
• United States
13 Feb 16
When it snows here.School are closed.Business depending on what kind of storm we have. But mostly schools.
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
I grew up in the north and looked forward to snow days, but life went on, in the south, life gets a few days off even if you don't want the time off..no choice, life is shut down until it melts.
@LadyDuck (151615)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
This was exactly what happened in South of France the couple of times it has snowed in 25 years. Everything has stopped until the snow has melted, thing that happened in about 8 hours.
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• Canada
13 Feb 16
It took days for us, very boring.
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@Plethos (10245)
• United States
15 Feb 16
here in the deep south of socal, we have no idea of what winter is
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
You are lucky. I wouldn't mind living where it's always summer.
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@Plethos (10245)
• United States
16 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate - lots of canadians winter over here, snowbirds is what they are refered to .
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• Canada
16 Feb 16
@Plethos yes , I know that, I am a snowbird at the moment in Florida.
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@rebelann (39561)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Feb 16
Yep, it's typical for hot regions, we don't expect snow and when we get some we're in shock ... you never wanna be on the road with shocked drivers
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
I don't want to be on the road at all any more if there is ice or snow, even with snow tires, I will leave that to the younger crew to do. I stay home while at home in a storm.
@rebelann (39561)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Feb 16
I do the same thing if we get storms or high winds @PainsOnSlate no sense risking someone else because I think I know what I'm doing, right?
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@Platespinner (16515)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Feb 16
I live in the south so I do know that everything stops. It's too rare of an event in many places for them to invest in the equipment and supplies to deal with it. Here in NC I'm still having to work to convince my husband and sons to SHOVEL the snow--it's not necessarily going to melt within the next 12 hours like it would have when we lived in Alabama...
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• Canada
16 Feb 16
It was a culture shock for us but we do now understand it.
@salonga (27986)
• Philippines
15 Feb 16
I never experienced that. The only thing that stopped us once while we were traveling was the very thick fog. We had to just set our car aside in one safe place and waited till the fog subsided.
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• Canada
16 Feb 16
I am familiar with fog. We don't drive in it either, so dangerous. You are smart to wait.
@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 16
That's the problem when bad weather hits an area that is not used to such events. It doesn't make economic sense to buy an army of snow-shifting machinery and then have them standing idle for years, so when some does arrive there's nothing to be done about it!
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
We do understand that, and realize we were being impatient..but it amazes me to this day, that a resort/condo on the beach would not have salt and shovels for emergencies.
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@marlina (72550)
• Canada
13 Feb 16
Hard to believe, too bad you had to go at that time.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
It had been planned for months so we take what we get
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
13 Feb 16
Everything stops in the UK too until the snow has melted
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
For some reason I thought you got snow and ice like we do in the north and Canada. Very interesting education I am getting here on myLot.