|What Tom Hughes expected and what he got|
“I get weather alerts from Google you know,” said Hughes, 37 and a new arrival in
. “So when this blizzard alert pops up on Wednesday I’m thinking, OMG its snowmageddon, I’ve heard about these crazy storms here in the Rockies, so I send my wife Mary and our kids to stock up on food, water and essentials for like ten days and I rush out to get a generator and order an extra two cords of wood, jeez what a waste.” Colorado
Hughes waited through the day Wednesday and Thursday but the only flakes that came down were small floating balls of cotton that didn’t even leave a measurable trace. “We moved here from
,” explained Hughes. “And I grew up in Boulder City, Nevada so I don’t know from snow, I thought maybe it took time to arrive but I went and looked at the weather service site and the watch had been cancelled I was annoyed.” San Diego
Hughes immediately sent off an email to the National Weather Service explaining how their watch had upset him and his family and demanding better quality control. Hughes added that he became irritated with his new neighbor Geoff Coleridge when he asked why the rush of activity. “He actually asked if we were having a party,” said Hughes. “I was incredulous, I just stared at him, I guessed that being a native he was already prepared for a blizzard, now I owe him an apology because I was being a rude cowardly dawg, hopefully he'll accept and we can get in some golf this afternoon”
Hughes admits that what most bothers him is the way he overreacted. “Look, I’m a full grown man who has been working as an engineer for 15 years near the gambling Mecca, nothing should scare me, I mean what would the kids think if they caught me cowering in my boots over some snow, hell I’m disappointed for them now they thought they would get a snow day and get to go sledding.”
Still Hughes feels relaxed now that they have provisions and have been through a snowmageddon drill. “As much as an embarrassment as this was I can say we’re prepared when it does come.