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The most frightening sound is silence.
Especially four hours of silence.
Sometimes, during a game of hypotheticals, I like challenge myself to choose what traditional sense I would be able to live without, one I wouldn’t miss more than the others.
Smell. Taste. Touch. Sight. Sound.
Last Thursday night, as I was caught in the hard place between moving forward on icy roads or driving my car in a ditch, was no game.
Contrary to logic, I am still under the mistaken impression that I am a superhero. That I have the ability to overtake punishing Midwest storm systems in a single bound.
That I am faster than the wintery bullet of an Indiana squall that forced me to park on the Interstate for four hours.
I am no superhero, I remembered as a shivering semi-tractor trailer idled to my left and the wind screamed at the windows.
And there would be no superhero to come and rescue me.
My road trip to northern Illinois last week came to an abrupt halt Thursday night as an icy, punishing storm system blew through Indiana.
I tried to drive as far as I could, despite the snow flurries clouding my visibility and the other vehicles ice skating on the road in front of me, but without warning, every car in front of me on the road stopped.
They stopped for four hours.
The next morning, as I researched the safest route to go home, I read about the six-car pileup that occurred just ahead of me, and the 40-60 vehicles snarled together on another major highway affected by the same storm.
When I think about which of the five senses I could live without, I never think about fear.
Fear, I believe, should be included as a sixth sense because it too helps us to interpret the world, both the tangible and intangible, around us.
Without fear, everyone would jump off cliffs like human lemmings.
Without fear, many would casually rest their palms on scorching stovetops.
Without fear, I may have continued driving.
That’s a sixth sense I’m happy I don’t need to live without.
In the interest of clarification, the Planning and Zoning’s discussion of the historic district Feb. 12 will not be a public hearing, contrary to what was previously reported.
Although members of the Planning and Zoning commission stated it needed to hold a public hearing according to law, that is not actually the case according to the ordinance, City Attorney Robert Myles said.
Next Tuesday’s meeting, however, is open to the public despite the fact it will not be a declared public hearing. Any member of the community can attend the Planning and Zoning board’s 7 p.m. meeting, located at 137 S. Main St.
It’s only been the first week of the “Why We Love Anderson County” photo series, but I have been pleasantly surprised about the response of our readers on our Facebook page for this photo project.
Remember, the series will be taking place during the entire month of February.
And we’d love to see why you love Anderson County through photos, specifically, pictures taken during February that illustrate the people, places and events that you love in Anderson County.
Please send photos, and a brief description of why the image illustrates your love for Anderson County, to email@example.com by Friday at noon for possible publication in that upcoming Wednesday’s print edition.
You can find all submitted photos of the project and my photos as well in an online slideshow at www.theandersonnews.com.
Don’t forget to check “The Anderson News” Facebook page or follow @ANewsMDowns at Twitter to see daily photos.