Surviving the Great London Blizzard of 2008

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
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Trip End May 21, 2009


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Yesterday, I woke up and was excited to actually find that it had snowed!  It snowed, at most, about 8 inches.  Actually a decent amount.

Then, I turned on the news.  They were calling it a blizzard and the entire country stopped...literally.  That's right, one of the most powerful countries in the world and 8 inches of snow prevented the capital from running.  What a bunch of sissies.

Most schools throughout the country were closed.  Most tube services were shut down including my line as part of it runs above ground.  All bus service was suspended.  My manager tried to drive to Gatwick airport (45 minutes) at 5am and got stuck on the M25 (ring road around London), finally getting back at noon.  The accidents are estimated in the thousands and everyone was told to not drive anywhere unless they had to.  Over 20% of the population in the whole country did not make it to work.  It shut down all 5 airports in the city.  The estimated loss to the already dying economy? 1.2 billion and that's just for the first day.

To their benefit, it's the most snow London has seen in almost 30 years.

To our pubs benefit, it's the most business we've had in the two weeks I've been here.  I was only supposed to work 3 hours.  I planned on walking to town.  Taking pictures of the snow and eating McDonald's.  Then, every other employee called off.  They all get here by bus.

So, I worked 9am-6pm without a break.  It was me and one manager cooking.  Our pub is conveniently located next to Richmond Hill which became the town center as everyone went sledging.  Yes, I spelled that right.  In England, they go sledging.  What it meant was a crapload of people.  And annoying people at that.  They all wanted hot chocolate, coffee, things that take a long time to make when other people are standing at the bar getting progressively more pissed off for thinking they are being ignored.  And tons of teenagers.  Who are loud and dirty.  And familys with crying babys.  And dogs, and sleds.  Yes, we allow dogs into our pub.  Basically, it was crazy.  I ran around for 6 hours.  Didn't eat until 6pm.  Pretty miserable day.

I was going to take pictures today but the great blizzard was already melting away.  But that's ok, because you should now be scared of ICE, and NO ONE can go to school!!!  And no tubes can run...again!!!  But at least there were buses.  So I had my McDonald's and did some grocery shopping.  Of course, I had to take the bus to town because none of the sidewalks had been cleared of snow.  But regardless, I survived the great London blizzard of 2008.  Unfortunately, I was one of the only people who had to work through it instead of enjoying a nice day off.  And there are no pictures with this entry because of it.
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