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Valiant Caltrans worker

As of Tuesday night at 10:57 p.m. my perception of CalTrans employees may have been the sleek, easy view that the majority of Californians posses; that of a a public entity spoiled and out of touch. Men leaning on shovels and signs – smiling; the bureaucracy rolling to terminal speed as deficits exponentiate. We are bred as Californians to accept this as normal, rational behavior for the state.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday night I would have signed over my first-born son for the valiant effort of one CalTrans employee in her great orange plow:

As I was frenetically attempting to simultaneously fix my stalled vehicle and avoid being killed or disabled by oncoming traffic on Hwy. 49, an angel in a great orange plow (with a great orange light) came to my aid.



Asking nothing in return, this woman sacrificed her well being, warm cab and cozy career for an opportunity to help someone in need. On an icy highway she stood tall directing traffic and wouldn’t leave until I was on the road and out of harm’s way.

Here’s to you Snow-plow lady. Thanks for shattering my misconceptions.




Rob Sorum

Penn Valley


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