Slice of Life: So simple and yet simply not done

We’ve been busy today. It’s 2:30 p.m. and we’ve driven up to the Twin Cities and back already. The metro area of Minneapolis – St. Paul is two and a half hours away from where we live if you drive one way. You do the math – that’s five hours on the road. We dropped my sister-in-law and our oldest son off at the airport. They were off on a trip of their own. Our trip included a stop at our youngest son’s apartment in St. Paul to drop something off and another stop at Cossetta’s Italian Market for some real Italian semolina flour for making pasta. We also bought some chocolate Pizzelles.

Cossetta’s Italian Market. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

As we headed out of the city, the weather changed. The snow that was forecast started to fall. By the time we got to Rochester, Minnesota, and stopped at the famous Five Guys for lunch, it was snowing heavily.

The simple fact is that people drive too fast when the weather is poor. More than the poor conditions are the poor driving decisions that seem to increase or be more noticeable when the weather deteriorates. Once again, we noticed problems with speeding and problems with merging. Trucks blazed past us, kicking up snow on the road to combine that which was flying through the air. Large tractor-trailers disregarded smaller vehicles seeming to push us aside when they drove past us.

I-90 in Minnesota today. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021.

Why is it that something so simple like slowing down is so often simply not done when it snows?

Slow down. Save lives. Simple.

I-90 near Nodine, MN, today. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021.

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5 thoughts

    1. Thank you! We weathered them fine and there’s been more since that have been okay, as well. It’s what you’ve got to expect when you live where we do. I am thankful for growing up in the Rochester/Buffalo area of New York. It gives me plenty of experience when it comes to handling winter storms. Thanks for your comments. I apologize for the late reply.


  1. Somewhere on social media, it was declared “Learn How to Drive in Snow” Day here in Iowa. It always amazes me that people who have lived in snowy areas have to “relearn” the drive.

    I agree with your last statement: “Slow down. Save lives. Simple.”

    I’m glad everyone got where they needed to go safely, When will you make pasta? 🙂


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