Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowicane

It may go down as “The Great Groundhog’s Day Storm” in the history books (and frankly, that’s about as lame a name as it can get), but the big snowstorm that’s smacking a large chunk of the country has affected me a bit.

I had to work with a woman today who was stuck working at home (in Indiana) because the storm in her area started out as freezing rain and then turned to snow and she couldn’t get her storm door open this morning and therefore couldn’t physically get out of her house. Luckily, though, the internet was unphased by the ice storm.

What was better about this particular issue was that I had to help her because a person who supports her and has access to the tool to fix her problem also couldn’t get into work today because of the weather. So I was her next hope.

I talked to an engineer who was home today. Now, you need to know that I generally have no disrespect toward engineers in general, but the engineers we have to support at work are, well, problemmatic. Mostly because they see a problem that isn’t really a problem and seek to fix the problem with technology they have available at hand…But don’t entirely understand how to use.

He knew it was possible to remote to his desktop computer in his office from his laptop at home. No problem. We got him going with that…But then he wanted to remote from the desktop computer to a piece of lab equipment. We searched all over to get to do it, but couldn’t get connected. Until finally he asked the question of a coworker who actually had made it into the office: the lab equipment was off.

That’s one great thing about my job…It’s really hard to make this stuff up.

But between my calls and IMs today, I was reading news stories and tweets from the storm-hit areas around Chicago and on toward the east. And that’s where I started hearing the names for the storm: snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowicane, snow of the century… Why is it now that the media needs to give a name to everything? It can’t just be a snowstorm?

Oh well…It was another day. A cold, midwinter day.

See you tomorrow.