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Powerless and Out in the Cold.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | February 9, 2010

Posted by Cliff Tuttle © 2010

We take so much for granted.

When the snow started coming down so heavy, so wet, we saw it coming.  Tree limbs burdened with snow bring down power lines.  The temperature plunges into single digits.  The snow piles up so high that you can’t walk three feet past the door.

Without electricity, you can’t work.  But more importantly, you can’t flee because you can’t move enough snow personally to clear your driveway to back your car to the unplowed street.

We’ve had longer power outages before, even in the beastly cold.  But we’ve never had the combination of no power, deep cold and  deep snow.

We were able to enlist help and get away.  But what we found on the roads was just as grim.  The City of Pittsburgh was crippled.  Main roads untouched 24 hours after the snow began.  Driving on four lane highways that felt like snowy open fields.  Without four wheel drive, you’re going nowhere.  Ice from compacted snow made for a crazy wild ride, like in an amusement park, violently lurching side to side.  Roadblocks were everywhere, mostly consisting of stuck or abandoned vehicles.

How lucky we are to live in a technological world where most everything works like charm most of the time.  Lets make the most of it.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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