When life gives you freezing rain… (video)

Some kinds in Utah have fun with a recent freezing rain storm.

I used to like the ice too.  Until I fell on my ass last week in Chicago right after an ice storm.  Damn, I’d forgotten what it’s like to really fall. My legs literally flipped out from under me on the steps on our back porch – landed flat on my back on the steps and avoiding hitting my head (which was fortunate, since those of us with retinal issues need to avoid banging our heads).

It wasn’t always this way. I loved ice when I was a kid. I remember in college back in Illinois, we use to hang out at the student union during ice storms and watch the foreign students fall. (When you don’t grow up in an area with a lot of ice, it seems you don’t learn how to take those flat-footed baby steps that permit you not fall down on your ass.) Ah, those were the days.

And speaking of foreigners and winter, my nephews in Panama who visited us last year had no idea what a snow angel was, since they’d never seen snow. Sadly it didn’t snow while they were visiting (these are the kids who took their shoes off while walking in the park, at night, in 15 degree weather because they wanted to feel what “cold” felt like – “I can’t feel my feet” my nephew told me, excitedly). Well, in honor of the boys, here’s a bonus video of a snow angel. (And let me just say, it’s surprising how bad the “snow angel” videos are on YouTube – just food for thought.)

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  • Wow, that’s scary. Sasha to her credit didn’t bolt off when I lost the leash while falling. Though she’s pretty good, unless she sees a squirrel or another dog, then all bets are off.

  • alleydog

    My nieces bought me traction cleats for Christmas. Best. Present. Ever. This is the first winter that my eighty pound Dutch Shepherd has fallen and I haven’t.

  • UncleBucky

    “all the pieces” OMG, sorry for your fall, but your “debriefing” surely made me laugh! thanks!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Several years ago, I was taking the dog for an early morning walk after an ice storm (in April, after all this is Minnesota). About a hundred yards from the condo, I slipped and fell backwards and knocked myself out. When I came to, I was surprised the dog stayed with me, but saw a gorgeous neighbor running toward me. He seemed to be wearing nothing but an overcoat and shoes. He spotted me from his window and wanted to know what he could do to help. I told him I would just use my cell phone to call my husband. My dear husband came running out, but when he got there, all he could do was stare at the neighbor. Oh well, he finally got me to an emergency room.

  • Phil

    38 years ago, I fell on my ass and broke my tailbone. To this day, it’s still the most accurate predictor of weather. I also have to be careful how I sit down on a hard chair or bench. Bar stools are pretty much out of the question.

  • Dan Gronlie

    I grew up in North Dakota, and have lived there for most of my 42 years. I LOVE winters – even up here that’s pretty weird :-) – but there is only one thing about them I don’t like – ice. We usually get a pretty good coating a few times every year and it’s very difficult to get rid of overall. It’s the main basis for all sorts of slip-and-falls and car accidents. But I’ll take the snow, the calm wind cold and the wild wind cold any day of the year – snow angels are cool!

  • Naja pallida

    There’s a reason I moved south. I haven’t seen real ice and snow in over a decade, and unless I get to ski on it, I’d like to keep it that way. :)

  • I remember an ice storm in western PA when growing up — about 3/4in of ice on top of about 8in of compacted snow. We were trying to get to the bus stop to go to school, and had to stomp hard to break through the top crust.

    Then a stomp failed to go through, and down I went…and I slid on my back all the way from the house, down into our residential street, then across it (because it was also icy) and into our neighbor’s yard.

    My mom made an executive decision. Even though the district hadn’t actually canceled classes yet, she unilaterally declared it a Snow Day. Turns out to have been the right decision, because only about 1/3 of the students were able to get to school, and they ended the day after only three hours, sending everyone home anyway.

  • loona_c

    Yeah, when we’re kids falling is no big deal. When we’re grown up it’s such a shock to your system!

    A poem I had to read for a first grade Christmas performance: “Ice. When it is winter and you walk in the street, you hear the ice crackle with your little feet. Crickle, crackle, crickle, creet, creet, creet.”

  • sunmusing

    Falling like that hurts…I did the “splits” in my driveway yesterday…I’m still looking for all the pieces…

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