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  • Nine hours
    amdh
    I am curious as to why the poll question would have limited the time getting home yesterday to five hours. I left my office at 4 p.m.; five hours later I was sitting in a parking lot on 66 near Glebe Road--far from my home in Gainesville. In fact, I did not pull into my driveway--knee-deep in snow though it was--until 1 a.m. It took nine (yes, 9) full hours for me to get home last night. The best part was getting into bed near 2 a.m. (yes, I had to put three small children into their beds in the wee hours of the morning) and then setting my alarm for 5 a.m. because OPM had made no decision as to our status for Thursday morning. The bottom line: when you ask us to take your poll and then limit the number of hours that one can select, you really are not asking for the full picture. I can guarantee from the number of people on the road after midnight, I was not the only Fed trying to get home in a time frame that should have taken me pretty much to Florida. As for the excuse that "too many Feds held back," how does that explain the fact that people who left at 3:00 p.m. sharp still were not home at midnight? OPM clearly should have believed the weather forecasters and allowed for at least a 3-hour early departure. I have spoken to many who left around 2 p.m., and they were all home in less than an hour. What I would have given for that schedule!
    Ali H
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