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Is it always this crazy?

So being new to this province, I had no idea that the city turns into pure insanity during a snowfall.   They shut down the Millenium Line between Waterfront and Columbia...and Commercial Drive Skytrain (Broadway?) was like a cattle drive.
It took me over an hour to make a trip that usually takes 25 mins.  PLUS!!  Some jerk purposelly swerved to slush all the people at the bustop!!!  I'm soaked!!
Is this normal behaviour during a snowfall?  Should I try to call in sick to work next time?

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zaftigvegan
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
it's because this isn't really "normal" weather for us. the skytrain was not designed to handle snowfall this deep. we don't have plows and salt trucks in the same numbers as other colder cities in canada do so the roads aren't as well maintained. no one buys snow tires.

and assholes exist in every province. i bet some jerk face in saskatchewan did the exact same thing to people at a busstop this morning, too.
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
lol Tha'ts probably true. I wish I had of gotten his license plate, apparently it's an offence to do that (according to my manager).
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iisz
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Vancouver and snow do not play well together. Next time, call in sick.
squippo
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was surprised when I moved here from Ontario. I think it's quite amusing, actually. This isn't real snow!
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking!! In my hometown in Ontario, the only time the city got all fudged up was when we had 2+ feet fall in less than 12 hours.
I don't like this snow though, all slushy and wet.
alpine_dreams
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Update - This is Vancouver when it snows....trying to enjoy it and if possible call in sick, it's not an option for me but if you can enjoy the snow day

http://www.translink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services/Cust_Alert/default.asp
There will be delays and longer-than-usual gaps between buses at times, as some morning rush hour trips are being cancelled to provide buses to assist West Coast Express service.

Weather and road conditions are poor in all areas served by Coast Mountain Bus Co., due to snow and ice. Higher elevations -- particularly in North Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam -- are especially affected.

All service to Simon Fraser University is cancelled as classes are cancelled today.

Other notable re-routes:

* 008 service only to Fraser and 49th
* 027 service to route via: Boundary, 1st Ave, Hwy 1, Cassiar, Hastings to Kootenay.
* 028 service to route via: Boundary, 1st Ave, Hwy 1, Cassiar, Hastings to Kootenay.
* 134 service to route via Willindgon to Parker and will be avoiding Delta Ave.
* 135 and 144 service to terminate at Hastings and Duthie (not going up the hill to SFU)
* 230 only to 23 and Lonsdale
* 241 only to 23 and Lonsdale
* 246 service to omit Montroyal and Highland and route straight along Queens.
* C73 rerouting via 108 Ave, 143 Steet, 113 Ave, then regular route.
* C64 portion north of 66 Ave will not be done.

SkyTrain
Expect additional crowding today, due to people not wanting to drive in this weather and the situation involving West Coast Express. Expect longer waits between trains. Millenium Line is operating as far as Columbia Station then turning back to Clark Station. Passengers needing to go all the way into New Westminster, South Burnaby or Vancouver will need to transfer to the Expo Line at Columbia Station.
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I did the dumbest thing this morning:
I caught the Expo Line and got off at Broadway to catch the Millenium Line...then there was a speaker announcement saying it wasn't running bettween Waterfront and Columbia, so in my complete idiocy I took a bus even though i get off at Rupert!! I just realized it now
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ruby_woo
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
If you can't call in sick, at least bring a change of clothes.
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah!! I brought a change of shoes and socks but didn't think I'd need pants!! wow
drayton
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
short answer - yes
long answer - yes
dagnabitt
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
snow crashes the city - we are incompatible.
The radio announced HWY 1 westbound being closed near the mushroom farm - that's just east of the Castle Fun Park. To be fair, that terrain does not usually allow for pleasant fluffy snow so even a mild flurry will blow like a prairie blizzard, causing the roads to disappear in front of poor, unsuspecting motorists.

it is tragic that our city is incompatible with snow. We need to upgrade. I like these things so I can walk normally on packed snow and ice: http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=46633&cat=2,51676
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: snow crashes the city - we are incompatible.
Those are awesome!! They would have been great in my hometown when everything turns to ice...does that happen here too?
arwenoid
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Basically, we get what, 3 "bad" snow days a year? To quote Blizzard's tagline from the launch of Burning Crusade last year... "You are not prepared!"

On the upside... it only happens about 3 days a year, tops. :)
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afore_mentioned
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Man, am I ever glad SFU cancelled classes today. I usually catch the 3 at Main and King Ed, and I bet it was brutal there too.
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pi_hole
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
i honestly didn't think it looked that bad when i got up awhile ago, so i trudged up to hastings to catch the bus to sfu. the 135 driver told me that no buses were going up there. surprise! snow day.

man, oh man. i was freaking out last night because boogie the abyssinian executed a jail break and ran up a tree in my backyard. last time she climbed that tree, she was up there for 36 hrs. around midnight, when it started snowing and she started crying, i was getting really worried. i finally managed to coax her down around 1:30. by that time, i couldn't feel my hands or feet. i don't even want to think about what could have happened if she had to stay up there all night.
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
You're so lucky!! I have to work in wet pants (wet to the crotch!!) for the next 7 more hours.
It's scary when your cat gets out in Vancouver. I have a friend that lives near UBC and apparently coyotes are always grabbing them so the streets are posted with MIssing Cat signs.
Have you tried shaking a can of cat treats? That used to work on my cat Syd when she got outside, that and making her think it was her idea to come back in.
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glowing_dragon
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yes.
soundingsky
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
when i first moved from alberta, it was hilarious to me! i understand that they can't keep the plows on hand and whatnot, but still--i couldn't wrap my head around it.

and now that i'm in san diego, the city shuts down when it rains! you guys would find it unbelievable.
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fruvous
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is totally normal for around here. It's very amusing to me, as I come from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and snowfall like this is just another day in winter where I come from.

My thoughts on Vancouver and "winter" :



greenstorm
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Vancouverites all call in sick.
pi_hole
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
i actually tried to go to work. shame on me.
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hangofthursdays
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
torontonians make fun of vancouverites when they freak out at the sight of one snowflake and start swerving around like cows on ice skates but then after that snowy 100-car pile up in toronto, maybe everyone kind of reaches for the panic/stupid button once it hits negative temperatures.. blah, i used to think snow was so cool!
surrey_sucks
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think I am a typical Vancouverite, as I love the snow and think it is pathetic how people react to it.
oblyvia
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm from Alberta and was astounded at the idiocy of Vancouver and the Island when it snows. Funnily, you'll hear "but, it never snows here!!" as the common excuse, but I've been here 7 years and have yet to see a snow-less winter.
surrey_sucks
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, next time, avoid going out if possible. Our transit system breaks down, and there are more assholes using transit when it snows.
surrey_sucks
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, even though they shut down the Millennium line between Waterfront and Columbia, the Expo line would still be running, wouldn't it? At least there is still service (even with delays).
de_grasshopper
Jan. 29th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got all mixed up and thought that Rupert was between Waterfront and Columbia....mostly because I'm a huge idiot. lol
And Expo was running, with a delay of course.
soul_cyster
Jan. 29th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
the sky train system is silly.
they have 3 computers that have to agree that the next little bit of the track is clear for the train to go through. so if one of the computers says that it isent clear the trains stop......
eleventytw0
Jan. 29th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
People are assholes in general. The snow just makes them think that bringing it out is fine.

My boyfriend's car (a matrix) got stuck on a mound of snow. He pulled out a shovel to dig his car out. Some teenager drove by, stopped, POINTED, rolled down his windows AND LAUGHED. He drove away. A minute later, he drove back (meaning he must have U-turned) and repeated.

WHAT?!
archenteron
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I think it is pretty fucking retarded that despite the fact that it usually snows at least a few times each winter, this city has almost zero preparation capability for it.

Especially with the skytrains. Why in the hell would you NOT design the skytrain to handle a reasonable amount of snow? Did the designers honestly think it would NEVER snow during the thing's life span?
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twinkletits
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
this comment had me cackling.
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isabelle_guns
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Sadly this is normal behavoir.
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