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The perfect storm to close out 2010

December 31, 2010 - Per Peterson
Friday night is New Year’s Eve, which means the bars will be full of people getting full on liquor, gearing up to ring in the new year and say goodbye to 2010. Then, those people will spill out into the parking lot to get in their cars. Hopefully most of them will be mere passengers as their designated driver hauls them away. But with the potential for bad driving weather, getting them home might not be an easy task and this latest storm could make for a bad night for some folks. New Year's Eve night always involves concerns about people driving drunk on the highways, and those concerns carry even more weight when NYE falls on a Friday. Now, when you add a dose of nasty winter weather you're just begging for trouble. Be smart if you're out celebrating; better yet, if you really want to go out, do it early, stay sober, then get home. We never know exactly what the weather's going to do, but that notwithstanding, partiers need to exercise good judgement on nights like this.

For me personally, this could be one New Year's I'll want to forget. I had to stay in Marshall on Thursday night for fear of not being able to get back to work Friday morning. Now I'm wondering if I'll be able to make it home, or will I be stuck in town for a second straight night — on New Year's Eve no less. Kinda depressing when you add it all up. I got stuck in Marshall five times last winter, including a back-to-back one weekend; it's really no fun. I don't have much of a life outside of my daughter and my career, but it would be nice to be able to get home. Maybe the snow will get pushed north and I won't have to worry about it. If not, I'll have a choice of driving 25 miles in a blizzard and running the risk of getting stranded somewhere, or hitting the couch in the Independent's conference room once again. And you thought your NYE plans were bland.


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