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Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Winter hits

December 15, 2010 - As I counted down the exits on Sunday night I found myself thinking "why am I out here?"

My answer came in two parts - I am out on the road because of necessity and I have driven in worse. Hasn't every Michigander driven in worse?

I know I have during a blizzard in Winter 2000/2001 where I trekked all the way to Saginaw Valley State University and not only slid my Dodge Neon into a ditch but lost a shoe during my walk to the campus. Ah, crazy things you do as a college student.

Or how many times did I drive on the interstate because University of Michigan - Flint didn't cancel classes or had to go to my internship an hour away. I did it out of necessity.

But along the drive Sunday night it made me joyful to be on the road with few cars. The drivers being appreciative of my slow and careful driving. As opposed to those I had seen earlier in the day - on my tail, snow covered and sliding all over the place. Either they learned their lesson quickly, got off of the roads or remembered how to drive in winter.

My cousin in California and friend in Georgia say when it rains people in their state forget themselves at the wheel. I believe we do, too. We find ourselves quickly after the first "big" snow and ice.

So what did we learn from the last few days - only go out if needed; wipe all the snow off your vehicle; slow and steady leads you home and not into a ditch; do not slam on the brakes and be mindful of other drivers.

I leave the most important one, I hope you all know it, do not, not, not, drive distracted. It's not just texting, which is illegal, it's everything else that keeps the focus away from the road for only a few seconds.

I know it's hard but too many accidents occur when distracted. We really don't want report about accidents because our Clarkstonites were distracted. We like you.

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An update about National Novel Writing Month. I made it - wrote 50,085 words in 30 days. Thus a winner. Or a complete dork for spending the holiday weekend writing 20,000 words. But I did it. Whew! Time to edit and revise.

Merry Holidays!

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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