Gary Jiles gives candy to drivers stuck in hours' long traffic. (click for larger version)
January 31, 2014I'll be the first to admit that I don't have experience driving in the snow.
I found this out three years ago when our area was hit hard by something dubbed Winter Blast 2011 that apparently everyone forgot about last week.
So it's time to revive Twitter hashtags like snocation, snopocalypse, snomaggeddon, snOMG, Cluster Flake 2014 and Hoth-lanta (in the Star Wars movie, Hoth is a remote world covered in snow and ice).
It's all pertinent, and some hilarious people posted witty comments about an eerily familiar situation.
A failure to put down rock salt was quickly mixed with commuters' fear, and everyone froze on the backstreets, highways and intersections.
Even when most people with a television set knew there was a snowstorm coming, Tuesday morning looked so beautiful that there was no way anyone knew that by noon all hell would break loose.
Hundreds of cars crashed or were abandoned, as 30-minute commutes became nine-hour-long hell rides.
Two people died, and one baby was born in traffic.
For those who survived this, I want to remember the good in people.
Through social media, we were able to keep people posted on the latest. But some went beyond, like Michelle Sollicito, who created the SnowedOutAtlanta Facebook page after she was able to connect one friend with the husband of another who needed help.
Soon, hundreds of people were being helped and paying it forward.
When employees of the Target in Milton saw a school bus locked in traffic, they brought water and food for the students. There was a friend's neighbor who kept going out to give complete strangers a hand, and some opened their shops and even their homes to complete strangers.
One recurring storyline this time around that we didn't hear three years ago is how awesome people can be to each other. For the people handing out sandwiches, candy bars and drinks to those stuck in traffic – I applaud you.