Have a steep driveway? What do you do...

Have a steep driveway? What do you do in the snow?

There are 53 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jan 16, 2008, titled Have a steep driveway? What do you do in the snow?. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

With a winter storm forecast for tonight into Thursday, many mountain residents may find themselves stranded atop icy driveways.

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local and fed up

Sherrills Ford, NC

#1 Jan 16, 2008
Rarely is it a local that has a steep paved driveway. We know better.

The transplants who moved here -and ignorantly built or bought steep paved driveways on the north side of mountains or hills- better love themselves (isolation can be a pain in the butt). And they should pray to the Goddess of their choice that they have no need of an emergency vehicle in a hurry if it ices up.

Maybe they have some survival skills from back home in the iciness of Florida or the mountains of Michgan...

Joe Schmo

Maxton, NC

#2 Jan 16, 2008
local, you really think that? like locals are the only ones that ever have had to deal with snow? more local ignorance and intolerance. you really need to get out more. and with the topo of the area their are plenty of steep driveway for local and move ins.
My friends (locals) with steep driveways either dont go out that day or park at the bottom the night before.
GenLee

Asheville, NC

#4 Jan 16, 2008
i have a steep driveway, but it's short and faces west. during the last dusting we got a week or so ago i swept it off and let the sun do the rest.

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Kingsport, TN

#5 Jan 16, 2008
Just park in the middle of the street or road like most everyone else.
Yeah

United States

#6 Jan 16, 2008
I yank at my hair and gnash my teeth, lamenting all the while.

“GWAR rocks”

Since: Feb 07

asheville (leicester)

#7 Jan 16, 2008
Joe Schmo wrote:
local, you really think that? like locals are the only ones that ever have had to deal with snow? more local ignorance and intolerance. you really need to get out more. and with the topo of the area their are plenty of steep driveway for local and move ins.
My friends (locals) with steep driveways either dont go out that day or park at the bottom the night before.
ditto on that. "local and fed up" hasn't a clue what he/she is talking about.

“GWAR rocks”

Since: Feb 07

asheville (leicester)

#8 Jan 16, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
Rarely is it a local that has a steep paved driveway. We know better.
The transplants who moved here -and ignorantly built or bought steep paved driveways on the north side of mountains or hills- better love themselves (isolation can be a pain in the butt). And they should pray to the Goddess of their choice that they have no need of an emergency vehicle in a hurry if it ices up.
Maybe they have some survival skills from back home in the iciness of Florida or the mountains of Michgan...
you dumace, ever been up vine st. in woodfin? i grew up there. just stay under that rock you were found in.

“GWAR rocks”

Since: Feb 07

asheville (leicester)

#9 Jan 16, 2008
Enka Jet wrote:
I hire a couple of Er-Lose honor graduates to shovel my drive. They do a good job of teaching shoveling in their honors advanced placement classes out there in Losercester.
oh, and enka is a school? you guys treat sheep with respect out there dontcha?
Marvin

Lincolnton, NC

#11 Jan 16, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
Rarely is it a local that has a steep paved driveway. We know better.
The transplants who moved here -and ignorantly built or bought steep paved driveways on the north side of mountains or hills- better love themselves (isolation can be a pain in the butt). And they should pray to the Goddess of their choice that they have no need of an emergency vehicle in a hurry if it ices up.
Maybe they have some survival skills from back home in the iciness of Florida or the mountains of Michgan...
Smarty. We have lived in the same house that we built 45 years ago. It has a steep driveway and it is paved. Much nicer than the muddy one you get if not paved. Bet we have lived here as long as or longer than you.
local and fed up

Sherrills Ford, NC

#12 Jan 16, 2008
All y'all missed the point. Locals know how to manage if they can't get out. They avoid building driveways that are safety risks, and they prepare for the potential issues if they are stuck at the house.

It's those paved roads and driveways (often in gated communities) that folks bought intending to live in affluence, but they didn't stop to think about the treacherousness in case of emergencies.

And then they count on the locals at the ambulance sheds or firestations with the 4-wheelers to come rescue them during their panic attack because they are stuck at home, or because they fell on their butt on the ice going after their stupid poodle who is afraid to pee on snow.

I know what I am talking about- I worked lots of years in local hospitals.

The worst things to see from storms of course were the motor vehicle accidents, which could often have been avoided if folks could just be content to stay home when the weather is bad.

And as far as my heritage- trust me. I am VERY local. And I wear shoes and have all my own teeth.
ladder truck idiot

Canton, NC

#14 Jan 16, 2008
Enka Jet wrote:
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I don't believe there are any sheep in Enka, but if there were they would be superior and treated with respect as we do all Enka creatures, I ubderstand there are a lot of sheep in Losercester and they are all stump broken.
sounds like you have been cruising the farms looking so a girl friend, ha,ha,ha
The Pipster

United States

#15 Jan 16, 2008
I would rather ride in a car with a northern transplant that is used to driving in FEET of snow, then with a local that freaks out over a couple of inches.Want proof, just drive the interstate during any amount of snow and see all the cars in the ditches on either side of the road...Would love to take a poll and see where THEY are all from!As far as steep driveways, I have been on some locals drives here that I have to use 4 Wheel Drive in the summertime. The bottom line is, if you dont know how to drive in snow,...DONT,.. stay inside and criticize those who do, its your job!
Cutterow

Savannah, GA

#16 Jan 16, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
Rarely is it a local that has a steep paved driveway. We know better.
The transplants who moved here -and ignorantly built or bought steep paved driveways on the north side of mountains or hills- better love themselves (isolation can be a pain in the butt). And they should pray to the Goddess of their choice that they have no need of an emergency vehicle in a hurry if it ices up.
Maybe they have some survival skills from back home in the iciness of Florida or the mountains of Michgan...
That anger, that air of superiority ... you must be a pleasure to know. NOT. Let it go.
You're just an average bear, like anyone else. No better, no worse.

If you locals were as smart and wonderful as you think you are, the first man on the Moon woulda been a hillbilly, and a cure for cancer would have been discovered by a hillbilly.

Come down a few pegs and join the human race. This "superior race" thing is so tiresome.
Cutterow

Savannah, GA

#17 Jan 16, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
All y'all missed the point. Locals know how to manage if they can't get out. They avoid building driveways that are safety risks, and they prepare for the potential issues if they are stuck at the house.
It's those paved roads and driveways (often in gated communities) that folks bought intending to live in affluence, but they didn't stop to think about the treacherousness in case of emergencies.
And then they count on the locals at the ambulance sheds or firestations with the 4-wheelers to come rescue them during their panic attack because they are stuck at home, or because they fell on their butt on the ice going after their stupid poodle who is afraid to pee on snow.
I know what I am talking about- I worked lots of years in local hospitals.
The worst things to see from storms of course were the motor vehicle accidents, which could often have been avoided if folks could just be content to stay home when the weather is bad.
And as far as my heritage- trust me. I am VERY local. And I wear shoes and have all my own teeth.
Pitiful. Truly.
The Pipster

United States

#18 Jan 16, 2008
Cutterow wrote:
<quoted text>
That anger, that air of superiority ... you must be a pleasure to know. NOT. Let it go.
You're just an average bear, like anyone else. No better, no worse.
If you locals were as smart and wonderful as you think you are, the first man on the Moon woulda been a hillbilly, and a cure for cancer would have been discovered by a hillbilly.
Come down a few pegs and join the human race. This "superior race" thing is so tiresome.
You can tell the superior race by the fish hook stuck in their hats....

“WeaverVEGAS baby!”

Since: Feb 07

Weaverville, NC

#19 Jan 16, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
Rarely is it a local that has a steep paved driveway. We know better.
The transplants who moved here -and ignorantly built or bought steep paved driveways on the north side of mountains or hills- better love themselves (isolation can be a pain in the butt). And they should pray to the Goddess of their choice that they have no need of an emergency vehicle in a hurry if it ices up.
Maybe they have some survival skills from back home in the iciness of Florida or the mountains of Michgan...
id rather have a paved steep drive than a gravel driveway, say we had a 4 foot blizzard... Couple days later alot of mud would appear and since you still cant get up your drive, you will get more dirtier than walking up a slushy paved drive!!!

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#20 Jan 16, 2008
FOr heavens sake. The local who designed my driveway obviously didnt have a clue. Nor did we, for buying the place. And unfortunately, although mine is paved so far up, if it were paved all the way up, I wouldnt be able to get out for days.

Not all of us locals have superior attitudes, and in my case, superior common sense, either.

And it is called a car wash. I had rather be able to get down off my mountain and go to one to wash my vehicle as to be stuck in the house for a week because I couldnt get down the driveway.

Being local doesn't mean anything, in some instances.

“Life as good as you let it be”

Since: Dec 07

Leicester, NC

#21 Jan 17, 2008
Enka Jet wrote:
I hire a couple of Er-Lose honor graduates to shovel my drive. They do a good job of teaching shoveling in their honors advanced placement classes out there in Losercester.
Guess you have to hire it done, because you dont have the aptitude to do the task yourself or you are using to time to patrol the pastures for a date.

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#22 Jan 17, 2008
The Pipster wrote:
I would rather ride in a car with a northern transplant that is used to driving in FEET of snow, then with a local that freaks out over a couple of inches.Want proof, just drive the interstate during any amount of snow and see all the cars in the ditches on either side of the road...Would love to take a poll and see where THEY are all from!As far as steep driveways, I have been on some locals drives here that I have to use 4 Wheel Drive in the summertime. The bottom line is, if you dont know how to drive in snow,...DONT,.. stay inside and criticize those who do, its your job!
You have not driven in feet of snow anywhere nor has anyone else. It may have snowed 2 ft. then the plow knocked it down to 2 inches. You act like you have busted through 10 ft. before in your volkswagon. Good luck on your ride with a transplant. It is a completely different type of snow here, not the dry powder.
dadoldfart

United States

#23 Jan 17, 2008
local and fed up wrote:
All y'all missed the point. Locals know how to manage if they can't get out. They avoid building driveways that are safety risks, and they prepare for the potential issues if they are stuck at the house.
It's those paved roads and driveways (often in gated communities) that folks bought intending to live in affluence, but they didn't stop to think about the treacherousness in case of emergencies.
And then they count on the locals at the ambulance sheds or firestations with the 4-wheelers to come rescue them during their panic attack because they are stuck at home, or because they fell on their butt on the ice going after their stupid poodle who is afraid to pee on snow.
I know what I am talking about- I worked lots of years in local hospitals.
The worst things to see from storms of course were the motor vehicle accidents, which could often have been avoided if folks could just be content to stay home when the weather is bad.
And as far as my heritage- trust me. I am VERY local. And I wear shoes and have all my own teeth.
Were any of those Hospitals Psychiatric Hospitals? You gotta do something with all that anger. Maybe 50-100 mg of Zoloft or Prozac could help you!

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