Our boss said that Rosie and Ken could decide whether to come into work today since the roads around Atlanta and throughout metro are horrible and they only work 4 hours on Friday anyway. (I don't work on Fridays in the office.) They decided to try to go in at noon.
At 11 Am, my husband and I decided to make a trial run to the grocery store and for fast food. We got in the car, eased out of the driveway, went a few feet, and realized the back wheels were not turning. The parking break was frozen!!!
Three men, including our neighbor quickly gathered to see what was wrong with the car. Only one of them spoke English. (Most of our neighborhood is Mexican.) But they stayed out there to help try to take the wheel off, take the plate of the gear mechanism, and try to get it thawed so we could get the car back in the driveway for over an hour! That says something about men and cars (and neighbors, for that matter.) The language barrier seemed pretty unimportant. And it was 16 degrees out there at that time!
The car seems to be ok now, but needless to say, Ken and Rosie did not go to work. Neither did our boss, though, so that's ok.
No one here seems to have ever heard of gears literally freezing before, but then it's not been this cold here in 25 years, according to the radio.
But we did get SNOW!
Last night when Ken got home at 7 PM, no snow had stuck. But when we went to bring Rosie home from an appointment she had at 9 PM, there was snow all over the place, including the road. I could not believe how quickly that snow covered the ground.
I am grieving the loss of my camera, but there are pictures of the Atlanta snow everywhere, anyway:)