How to drive in the snow; put your girl friend on the hood of the car

Four of us had gone up to Baldy Village to watch the snow storm come in and it was only supposed to be about two inches of snow....No problem I knew how to drive in that kind of snow....So I and Syd, my girlfriend at the time and two others sat up at the village waiting for the storm to come in....We were all comfy in the car with blankets, food and beer...If you have been in the mountains during a snowfall it can be really soothing refreshing. Only problem s that when it started to snow, it snowed hard and we measured about 6 inches in a couple of hours....So we decided it was time to head back the gill towards San Antonio Dam....I figured it would not be snowing down at 2500 feet....Boy was I wrong. As we came down the hill the snow got harder, and by the time we had reached the first tunnel going down I decided i needed to redistribute the weight in the car....It was a long bed station wagon and I was having a hard time keeping the car pointed in the right direction. So I had the other two kids sit in the back and put Syd up on the hood of the car, wrapped in the blankets we had with us....I figured we would be out of the snow s soon as we got down to below the first tunnel or around 4,000 feet.....Still wrong....it did not stop snowing until we reached the intersection of Mountain and Euclid in San Antonio Heights....But I need to back up a little, because remember I still had my girl friend Syd sitting on the hood. As we came around the corner to head towards Euclid a CHP road block had been set up to block the road up to only residents....You can imagine the look on his face as we came around the corner, out of the falling snow and blizzard like conditions, the car covered with about a foot of snow on it, two kids sitting in the back with there legs hanging out and Syd sitting on the hood covered with snow.....and she was pissed....boy was she pissed. I stopped the car just past the road block and we all got out of the car, all except Syd....she was just sitting there, with a glare in her eyes that would kill.....As I pulled the blankets off of her she looked at me and said, "Next time you are on the hood, I'll drive" She didn't speak to me for two weeks....could not really blame her could you....but she never went to the mountains with me again, not even to the dam. Gary Hall the ghostpainter

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