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Have some ice
I just took my trash out - and discovered it is very, very icy out. Seems we've been having a light freezing rain tonight, and everything has a very smooth coating of glare ice now. There is a ramp outside my door (I guess someone who used to live here had a wheelchair) and I stood on it - and slid down to the end without walking. I managed to get close enough to the street to heave the bag to the curb, and then getting back into the house was fun - there was no way I could walk up the icy incline. I kind of shuffled up, but mainly I pulled myself hand over hand on the railing and slid up it.

I bet there are a lot of accidents out there tonight. If you're local, don't go outside if you can avoid it. Or get some cleats. :-)

I am: tired tired
Current Media: quiet

z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: January 31st, 2006 09:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The house used to be used as a daycare center, right?

Probably some kind of rule about accessibility there.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 31st, 2006 09:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, that's probably it.

I'm planning to rip it out next year. And hopefully have the driveways repaved after I do.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: January 31st, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, jeez, don't do that. if you do, within a week you'll fall down and break a knee.
richspk From: richspk Date: January 31st, 2006 10:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I've been hearing tires spinning outside my bedroom window all night. :P
cykotek From: cykotek Date: January 31st, 2006 11:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
As of about 5am, the roads in Worcester are just mostly wet. I passed a number of trucks sanding on the way home from work. Give yourself about 5 or 10 minutes to scrape all your windows and you should be good, as long as you don't react like this guy.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: January 31st, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Fortunately, I have a set of Stabilicers(tm), which are, for all intents and purposes, removable cleats that slip on over your shoes/boots/sneakers/what have you. They work very well.
Especially since my driveway gets slick and icy a lot...
7threality From: 7threality Date: January 31st, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It occurs to me now that I should have spread a little salt on my porch/stairs.

I stepped out my door this morning, and nearly fell down. I had to hug the railing to keep from going ass over tea kettle to get to my sidewalk, and shuffle to get to the street, where it was merely sandy.

I was somewhat amused to find that the parking lot for the T this morning was a layer of ice over sand, which made walking from my car to the train interesting, and explained why I was sliding to the left as I was trying to park.
etherial From: etherial Date: January 31st, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Our front porch usually ends up being ice - welcome mat - ice - another welcome mat - ice.
romperwebby From: romperwebby Date: January 31st, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
i felt like i was cleaning broken glass off my car this morning.
mindways From: mindways Date: January 31st, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Glad you didn't take a spill, there!

(For years, my mind has persisted in thinking "falling on ice isn't a big deal" - perhaps from childhood ice skating lessons, where a bunch of other kids and I were nigh-constantly tumbling over. But it's finally sinking in, now that numerous other friends and I have had accidents that ranging from "rather painful" to "moderately damaging"...)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 31st, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, ice is a very unforgiving surface, it is like hitting concrete. I've taken a few bad spills over the years, fortunately without breaking anything - just bruising, cuts, etc. I went down our front steps as a teen, when I was shovelling, and came down on my tailbone on the lip of a step. I couldn't move for a while, I just screamed and then sat there until the pain receeded enough that I could consider motion. :-)

My dad took a fall in NY a couple of weeks ago, and came down on his arm - and gave himself deep bruises that made him unable to use the arm for a week or so, and he says it is still not 100% - and still bruised. Fortunately he didn't break anything, especially since he was alone at the camp in NY and if he'd badly hurt himself I don't know if anyone would've found him. (Though I bet he had his cell phone on him, he usually does.)