Saturday, December 22, 2012
I thought a bit about my post yesterday, and I realized that I am grateful and pleased about one particular thing.
I can drive in the snow! I grew up in southern California, and had virtually no reason to drivein the snow, as I am sure everyone understands.
However, I was forced to learn how to drive in the snow/ice back in 1990, when we lived in Texas. Talk about ice storms! I remember one time when my husband drove me back from East Texas State University, and there was BLACK ICE on all the roads. I was terrified, but he managed quite nicely. Although I STILL do not like black ice, I respect it and understand the dangers.
But then, we lived in Michigan for a couple of years, then Connecticut for a couple of years. Those two lovely states get snow every year. I remember the first time I drove in Michigan snow. There was about 1/8th inch of snow on the ground and I slid in my 1986 Dodge Colt about 2 feet when I tried to stop at an intersection. Well, well. That forced me to rethink my skills and attitude. Either I had to learn to drive in snow or not drive at all during the winter.
Of course, I learned how to drive in the snow. I am reasonably cautious, and hold a lot of respect for the snowy conditions. I slid off the road about 15 years ago, while we lived in north-central Ohio. It was one of those slow-motion situations. All was well, though.
Of course, in central Ohio, we still get some snow every year. This morning was no exception. The snow was only about 1/2 inch deep, but it had melted (!) and refrozen overnight. Thus: ICE on my driveway. We not only live on a minor hill, but our driveway is kind of steep. So, I got out the ice melt stuff. Scattered some of it on the driveway. Then, I had breakfast.
Excellent!! I was able to get out of the garage with no sliding, down the driveway with no sliding, and off to town to get some more food supplies.
YES!! I continue to be pleased that I gained another life skill simply because we live in a part of the USA that requires said life skill.
I DID NOT GIVE IN!!