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I Hate Ice 
21st-Dec-2012 11:20 pm
We were originally forecast to get about six inches of snow last night, so I had made plans to shovel this morning. When I saw that we'd gotten less than an inch of crunchy stuff that wasn't even particularly apparent on our driveway, I was relieved.

Of course, this was a mistake.

Today was Katie's last day of school before Christmas break and I wanted to make sure to take her to school today, because I'd missed taking her on Thursday as I was getting my tooth buffed up. But we clearly weren't going to walk through the snow in the schoolyard to get there, so into the garage we went. Katie climbed into the car and I started to walk out onto the driveway to fetch my newspaper.

I said "mistake", right?

Now, I looked at the ice on the driveway, but given the type of snow we'd had, I assumed there would be some traction. I put my left foot on the ice and it was fine.

And then I took one more step with my right foot and realized that it had no traction at all.

Crap. I remembered how this worked the last time. That was when I blew out my left knee.

I stopped. And I realized that I couldn't back up, because I couldn't swing my right foot back to safe ground, but I didn't dare try to move my left foot.

I contemplated the best way to fall down.

And then I yelled for help.

Gretchen came out, gave me a hand -- from a safe position! -- and then I had the leverage to swing my right foot back around to safe ground.


I took Katie to school.

And Gretchen put about a metric ton of salt on the driveway. :)
22nd-Dec-2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
I was afraid that was going to end with something really bad happening. Glad to see it didn't!
24th-Dec-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh, you and me both! :)
22nd-Dec-2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you avoided falling!!! Yay for thinking fast, Gretchen and salt!!! And yeah, I hate ice too. :)
24th-Dec-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
22nd-Dec-2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh man. Oh man. Glad that had a happy ending.
24th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Yeah. It could have been bad, but I was lucky enough to realize that the ice was too slick to walk on in time to stop in a recoverable position.
22nd-Dec-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Bill, I think your problem is that you have Wile E. Coyote's luck without his regenerative abilities.
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