Friday, December 6, 2013

The People vs. Winter

If you’ve spent most of your life in an area where winters are harsh for months on end you have at some point witnessed or experienced an adrenaline-rushing, heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, grey-hair-producing ordeal triggered by snow, ice or freezing rain.


I’ve been involved in and witnessed my fair share of winter ‘adventures’, but there are two that really stand out:

1) A driver in front of me hit an ice patch on a highway and lost complete control. The car spun around a few times, flew up into the air and crashed back to the ground. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

2) I hit black ice as I approached a stop sign, the tires lost traction and the car started sliding. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, a pedestrian started to cross as my car headed his way. Thankfully, my vehicle did stop, and it all turned out okay. But it was one of the longest and most stressful few seconds of my life.

Sure winter is pretty on postcards and in photos, but it sucks when you drive or walk through it. Below is a video that depicts the ugly side of this season!



A lovely weekend, to all.

And for those of you in cold and snowy climates, be careful out there!

34 comments:

  1. It never snows in Sydney, but would love a white Christmas.

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    1. You can have ours! I'll UPS/FED EX it to ya for FREE! LOL

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    2. A white Christmas is nice, but then I want winter gone!

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  2. I have to admit I LOVE snow but sometimes it can be a bit dangerous!!

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    1. I like a little bit around for Christmas, but not for months on end! I get really tired of that.

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  3. Oh, that's a hilarious video! I've had my fair share of scary, white-knuckle winter adventures too -- and they all seem to involve driving on the Trans-Canada. But I only went in the ditch once! Touch wood that continues.

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    1. I think most Canadian drivers have faced some winter mishap. As long as nothing really serious happens, it's okay!

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  4. Well, here we come! Ready or not!! Don't forget that helmet!!

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    1. Hahahaha...yes, the helmet! Maybe some knee and elbow pads, too.

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  5. I can't stop laughing and "ohhhhhhing, that hurt" ~~~ I will NOT go out on any snow covered streets this year !!!!! That's my mantra!!
    Please hold me to it!!!!!
    Ron

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    1. Yes, stay away from snow covered streets if you can! This video made me laugh and cringe at the same time.

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  6. I love snow, but I am afraid of ice! There aren't any vehicles that do very well on ice. I lived in northwest Ohio for 5 years and we had lots of snow. When it snows so much, it is easy to get tired of it.

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    1. You got it, Tina; you get tired of snow when it's around regularly and in large amounts. We have snow for months on end, and after awhile you're fed up of it.

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  7. wow, not looking forward to this!

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  8. GOOD LORD! I felt pretty guilty laughing at that video especially as I have had the misfortune of landing on my tail bone on the ice and feeling it for years after. Also hit black ice & put my car in a ditch once. It is so scary when you can't control a heavy mass of steel so I'm glad nobody was hurt in your accident.

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    1. I know what you mean! I also laughed at a few of these scenes, and immediately felt a little bad about it because I've been on the 'misfortunate' end of some of these mishaps. Yes, losing control of a vehicle that weighs so much and is literally a weapon is very frightening!

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  9. I always admired snow...but I guess "The grass is always greener on the other side"....At times snow can be really scary.

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    1. Yes, it certainly can be very scary! There are milder winter days when it's not too cold or dangerous; that's when it's very pretty outside.

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  10. LOL oh Martha you and me both, everything there happened to me, I mean you name it, it happened to me but Canadians are great I remember a great big mountain and the cars tried to drive up but they only slid down or went sideways so a bunch of men decided to form a huge line of heavy muscled guys to help those going up or those of us falling by the wayside everybody tooted their horns for our very own Canadian Winter heroes, I'm still laughing but only once did I get seriously scared to death at the time I had a job that often required a lot of overtime so I brought my baby to my sister who lived far from me, and one night coming back to get to our place i was high upon a road side that had at least a good 300 feet down in the iced lake and my car lost control it went left it went right it went almost over and I've never prayed so hard in my life my baby was in the backseat and I was scared to death finally I managed a grip unto some road that wasn't ice while all the traffic had stopped to witness my very precarious position and when I finally managed to get away they all tooted their horn (which woke my baby up he had been sleeping the whole time) and most of them went back the other way...ah gosh next day i found a baby sitter close to my place so that I' d ever ever have to drive long distance with him in the car...of course I had to explain that overtime was over...gosh

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    1. OHMYGOD, Lorraine! What a frightening story. I can only imagine the terror you were experiencing, especially with your son in the car. I'm so happy to hear that it all turned out okay. You must have had a guardian angel looking out for you!

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  11. Scary stuff. It's amazing nobody was hurt in those first two scenarios you described. I'm spoiled by the CA weather.
    Stay safe, and have a nice weekend, Martha.

    xoRobyn

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    1. I think anyone who has these types of winters has scary stories to tell. It's all part of living in wintry places!

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  12. Hi Martha! This video brought back some scary memories of winter in the Great White North ~ especially in Newfoundland! My palms were sweating. But about the time the bull slipped, I was laughing so hard my tummy is now hurting! Thanks for sharing, and don't go into any 360s!

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    1. That part was hilarious! Hahahaha... This video is a little scary, but you can't help but laugh!

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  13. OMG that is some serious winter v. people! I couldn't believe the bus going sideways and I noticed someone crossing the street seemingly casually !? what was that guy thinking with a bus sliding around like that right next to him? wowza

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    1. I know, right?! A bus sliding around like that is pretty frightening!

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  14. Just not a winter person AT ALL ... black ice is our winter bane... scary nasty bad awful stuff... power is still on here! over 32,000 without...crossing m'fingers! and got a pizza in the oven...

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    1. Black ice is very dangerous. Anyone whose ever hit a patch of it while driving knows what that's all about. I'd rather drive slowly through a snowstorm than on ice.

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  15. Thank goodness you are safe! We have treacherous roads here right now too. Just saw a poor lady fall down in the parking lot today.. of course she did have on ridiculous shoes! I love the winter weather, especially if I don't have to drive in it!

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    1. I like the winter weather...through my window! Falling down in the winter can lead to some very serious injuries. It's always best to dress appropriately for it...especially with foot wear!

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  16. The clips on that video were priceless! Here in the UK we don't get too much snow. Famous last words, now it will snow for weeks! I hate driving it it.

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    1. You are lucky about that! We are no strangers to snow over here...and ice...and freezing rain...and frigid temperatures...ugh...

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