Our fair city has a history of overreacting to severe weather, or rather, acting like the weather is severe when it is far from it, so it isn't hard to see why some of these organizations made these errors in judgment. One of the easiest actions to take in situations like this is to assign blame when there may not really be goat to be scaped. I overheard a woman loudly yelling at the streetcar driver that he needed to get out and clear the rails, and asking him "how the hell could he let this happen?" Look, lady, what the hell would you have done in his place, gotten out an used a hairdryer on the tracks? Sometimes there's just nothing anyone can do to make it all better.
As far as placing blame on anyone for what happened because of the weather, some people simply need to sit back and look at what they can do, or have already done. The most common sight during the morning commute, aside from all of the figure skating busses, were large cars with small women using four wheel drive to basically go in no direction all at once. Of course, after careening madly down a hill while their car was still in park and running into another supposedly parked car, many people chose to angrily ask any other drivers involved where the hell they learned to drive. C'mon now people, like Eric Clapton so eloquently said after he stole the song from some unknown black blues singer: "Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself."
Even children playing in the snow had their share of accidents.Most news outlets were repoprting on Tuesday afternoon that in Vancouver, a young boy was hospitalized after the sled he was on ran under an oncoming minivan, nearly crushing him beneath the wheels. So far, this particular accident had been a shining example of how to react in these situations. The parents of the child haven't blamed the driver, and have so far not threatened to sue the city of Vancouver for not having the roads cleared by the time the car was driving towards the sledding kid, because they realize it is not something you can place blame for. I have to commend all involved for handling this like mature adults should.
I don't want to seem like all I saw was bad driving and poor choices by those in charge. I saw many people helping stranded motorists move their cars. I saw as many passengers getting off the bus to try and help out as I saw seated behind the steamy windows scowling. The only was for our city to make it through any disaster, no matter how minor people from the midwest and east coast may think it is, is to alwaus learn from it's mistakes and try to not make them again.
We are going to have bad weather again-maybe in the near future and maybe not for a long time-and there will always be lapses of judgment and bad behavior as a result. There will be insurance exchanged and chains snapped. There will be school days canceled and babies delivered in snow bound ambulances on their way to the hospital. There will be yet another winter morning where the only law in effect is Murphy's. All of this and more will happen again and again in our lifetimes, and we need to help each other through it, and remember that it's nobody's fault when everything goes wrong and everybody's responsiblity to make it right.