Having a bit of reporter's cabin fever, I had to venture out Wednesday, all the way to Downtown Douglasville. My furthest trip into white wilderness yet. Reporter's cabin fever is similar to regular cabin fever except that you're getting restless because there are stories out there to be told and you're stuck in the house.
Boy, was I right. A young lady at the Douglasville Police Department was very helpful and made some calls to get me the information I needed on how many accidents there had been around the city since the snow started falling. I even overheard that there was a car half way in the ditch. I couldn't wait to go over and shoot a picture of it but realized (almost too late) that the reason the car was hanging precariously over the street, teetering on it's way into the ditch, is because the street was all ice and on a severe incline. I was a split second away from making it a two-car pile up and a more interesting, but less satisfying, photo. For complete story, read here.
Next, I headed to the Fairburn Road I-20 entrance. As suspected and reported, traffic was backed up for miles on I-20. I parked down the street and climbed the ice-coated snow to finally get the shot. I feel lucky to have only fallen once. It's no wonder driving is difficult, walking is still nearly impossible in some areas.
I had worked up quite an appetite on my little adventure and wondered if Fabiano's was open for a slice of pizza. Maybe if there were people there, I could ask them if they had any snow stories.
Open the floodgates. Yes, there were people and man did they have stories, I could barely keep up with my version of shorthand on my little reporter's notebook.
Michelle Collins' car was stuck in her driveway. She said she had cabin fever so bad, she finally "made" her boyfriend and son get outside and push it onto the main road so she could drive it. That was on Monday.
On Tuesday she and her friends were busy texting and talking on Facebook. She said somehow they got a bartender from Bonz Sports Grill involved in the conversations.
"We got a regular from the bar who had a four wheeler to go and pick her up (the bartender)," Pam Carter said. "So they opened the bar just for us and we just went and hung out."
"We had a blast," Collins interjected.
Rosemary Hill is a business owner. Her hair salon, Emphasis on Hair, has been closed for three days. Her and her husband took a four wheeler, about a mile, to the store for groceries on Tuesday.
Debbie Dillard is a business owner also. She had to close Pets Plus recently, a pet shop she ran for the past 17 years, and is now operating a grooming shop in her basement. She too, has been closed and not earning any income throughout the storm.
Judy Abercrombie owns Triple H Towing company. Before sending any of her tow trucks out onto the icy streets, she wanted to do an inspection tour. She and her husband took their four-wheeler out to check out the road conditions and see how their trucks would fare. On that short trip, she already saw eight to 10 cars stranded in one way or another.
"The phone rings every five minutes," she said. "It's been crazy. We're very busy but right now we're just focused on doing towing that's very local, very close in. In the next few days maybe we'll go further out. We'll get to those people eventually."
Even Amy the bartender had a story. She didn't want to give her last name, in case her neighbor might read this. "He was being a jerk," she said. "Our kids were out having a great time sledding down this great hill in our cul de sack and he ruined it by riding his four wheeler all over the hill."