walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Travel Ban lifted, life still canceled

The state wide travel ban was for real. My neighbor says she saw a teenager drive down our road -- and then saw a police car pull them over and have a chat with them. The ban ended at 4 p.m.

R. seemed convinced that lots of things would be open this evening/tomorrow. I was skeptical. While the roads were sort of plowed, it was nothing like the bare pavement we usually see after getting a few inches. Still tricky surface, especially if there is some thawing.

Tomorrow's activities include the usual Sunday therapeutic riding for both children. That's not going to happen; I called the number for the place and they have pre-emptively canceled lessons for tomorrow. Not surprising -- the trails aren't going to be cleared at all and it would be non-trivial even clearing the rings.

Tomorrow's activities also included a long-planned birthday party for A.'s riding and swimming partner. Alas for G., her birthday party has been canceled, probably because the venue decided to stay closed, after having been closed for two days for the storm.

Tonight, it would have been nice to go to the store and pick up a few odds and ends like, say, ketchup (dunno how we ran out of that, but that's kind of a big deal around here). I called Roche Bros. at 4:52 to ask if they were open and if so for how long. They said they were closing at 5 p.m. So much for that plan. No cake for T., I guess, which is what he was asking for and we had run out of. I bought (a small) one just before the storm, but it is long gone (not my fault -- I didn't eat any of it).

While we have lots of food in the house, R. wasn't overjoyed about any of it, so I called Wendy's in Maynard, to see if a drive thru might be an option. At 5 p.m., they had just gotten in (travel ban? Remember?) and were hoping to open at 6 p.m. and stay open until their usual closing time (11 p.m., I guess). Who knows if it actually happened -- they had not cleared the parking lot as of when I talked to them.

R. likes El Huipil, a Mexican place in Maynard. They were not answering their phone at 5 p.m.

There were people on the radio on Thursday saying, oh, you know, closing schools on Friday is probably not called for. _All_ the schools in the state closed for the day (well, maybe a few had early dismissal -- but the closure list was extensive). A variety of people online, on TV, on the radio, and R. all seemed to think this thing would be plowed out and life would be back to normal Saturday afternoon.

It wasn't.

Not even remotely.

We're fine. There were very few power outages in our part of the state. There have been very few deaths as a result of this storm. Everyone is fine. But that doesn't mean that everything is normal. That doesn't mean everything is going to be normal on Sunday. And honestly? I'm wondering what Monday is going to be like. Among other things, the sidewalks haven't been plowed out yet, which means morning dropoff is going to be especially interesting.

ETA: Oh, and the Boston Children's Museum is closed for the third day in a row on Sunday.
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