• http://twitter.com/sunnygirlsf sunnygirlsf

    Congrats on making it up the hill! And hmm..where did that lady think you were going? Was she mad you didn’t stop to help her? Pull her to safety?

  • Victoria

    Ice is scary stuff. We once had a blizzard in Oklahoma and it traumatized me. 120 degree heat? Piece of cake. Ice? I’m chained to my couch.

    Sidenote: Recently I moved to Oregon and passed through Utah along the way. Ice storms or not, it’s a visually stunning place. I about pissed my pants going down the windy mountain roads but pretty nonetheless!

  • ErinZ

    “Because mine was ‘gefiltefuck.’”

    OMG, I died of laughter at my desk, reread the line out loud to my coworker, laughed my second ass off and then promptly skipped the rest of the article to write this to you.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, imma scroll back up and finish this story through the laughter-tears.

  • Janet Donaldson

    50 yards?! Ha! I had to leave my car a mile away from my house .. yes, a full mile away .. and then walk up the two steepest hill parts. When I got to the downhill part, another driver offered me a lift – this was just 6″ of bad snow. Last week, when we got a 1/2″ ice layer, no one in my neighborhood moved a car for 24 hours. But I do feel your pain! .. and I will start dropping pieces of gum between my car seats forthwith. I, too, want to survive that pesky zombie apocalypse on the horizon…

  • superdoo

    Pro tip: Slick concrete => Walk/drive in the snow, snow has better traction than ice. Yeah it sucks if you aren’t wearing great shoes, but it beats freezing outside shuffling along.

    But yeah, that freezing rain was crazy. I had an SUV riding up my ass on the city wide skating rink, who then flew past me, proceeded to spin out and end up in a snowbank backwards.

    A better person would have stopped to help the guy. I was not a better person that day, and proved it by honking and flipping him off as I slowly rolled by.

  • Tina Beveridge

    when I was in high school, I got stuck at a cast party overnight because of freezing rain. Like 3 inches solid ice. Only time my parents were all “co-ed slumber party at age 15? OK because that’s better than DEAD.” Dangerous stuff.

  • Tina Beveridge

    oh yeah, and three more words for you. Pulled groin muscle. I hate ice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.favro.binuya Heather Favro Binuya

    Yeah, I totally had that very same poster, and could also have lived without thinking about the fact that that was THIRTY FREAKING YEARS AGO. Thanks.

  • Jenn

    I can’t wait for Post #2… How did you ever collect the girls from school?!

  • Danielle C

    I am laughing my ass off, I wish. That is some funny shit there. The video of the girl was icing on the cake.

  • HeatherArmstrong

    There is a second part involving me getting back down that hill. A lot of ugly sounds came out of my mouth.

  • http://twitter.com/jenwilsonca Jen Wilson

    I would be dying of laughter here, but I was born in 1983 and THANK YOU VERY MUCH for reminding me that I turn 30 in a few months. I’m going to impale myself on one of the giant icicles hanging from my roof.

    I, too, enjoyed the mild winter we had last year. It was fan-fucking-tastic. And I in no way longed for more snow. Green Christmas? YES, PLEASE. This year? This year it snowed exactly TWO MONTHS before “winter” started and the snow did not melt once and I’m quite sure it will last till June. And it’s been -40 more than it has not been -40. Celsius or Fahrenheit? IT’S THE SAME TEMPERATURE.

    I guess the only bonus for me is that Saskatchewan has no hills.

  • Nicole in DC

    I want to be hire whomever filmed that video so that I’ll never have to say “damnit I wish I had that on camera” again. Oh, and I also want someone to continuously score my life. It can be the same person. Less payroll.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    That video is PRICELESS!

  • Lauren3

    Good lawdy I love you. I’m stealing gefiltefuck.

  • Kathee

    Yeah, I did the same thing at the Airport. I was pregnant in 1983 and I remember what it was like to be 8 months pregnant with all that snow and it was NOT ice. That video is awesome!

  • Litenarata

    You know how everybody like to roll their eyes at D.C. and Maryland drivers who supposedly suck at driving in the snow and force officials to close schools for tiny amounts of precipitation? THIS IS WHY. We get ice storms like this a lot…ugh.

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  • HW

    OMGosh, the FB video made me laugh so hard I had tears streaming down my face. And to think, I *really* want to move to where there are four seasons and it snows.

  • Janelle Carlson

    Hilarious!! So glad you & your girls made it ok, the ice last week was awful! I remember the horrid winter of ’83 – my girlfriend & I did a 360 on Hwy 193 right in front of Hill Air Force Base! :/
    Also stealing gefiltefuck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenduckiesgirl Dana Marie Vittum

    Holy crap. I hate ice. The older I get, the more convinced I am that it’s going to kill me. You’d think I’d move from Minnesota one of these years.

  • Ann

    Oh that sweater!! My sister had that poster on her wall as well. I always thought he looked amazing in that color.

  • Jessica

    As a former Jew, Gefiltefuck is quite possibly the greatest phrase I have ever heard.

  • http://twitter.com/StabbinRobots Stabbin Robots

    ME TOO but in December, so I have awhile to go, I guess.
    I’ve decided to stop aging at 29, so I will celebrate my 29th +1 birthday. Huzzah! Ages with 3′s freak me the fuck out O_o

    Also OMG Ottawa winters don’t sound like the worst anymore.

  • Kimberly

    Oh God…..I am laughing to the point of tears. Thank you very much. I needed this. Glad you were safe, as I experienced the same thing going down a hill, doing a 180 with a herd of deer crossing in front of me. And they had the nerve to look annoyed. Best thing I have seen and read all week!

  • Meg H

    Yeah, I don’t miss DC right now. (Okay, I lied, I do! So much! But not the driving.) To everyone else, this is the hellish NORMAL cycle : Snow! Pretty snow! Yay! Slightly-above-freezing temperatures at midday. Snow melts. Temperature goes back to freezing immediately. Roads are perfectly slick ice for that evening’s commute through the next morning. This repeats every. single. day. Throw in the frequent ice storms and you’ve got horror.

  • Katie

    They do suck at driving. If it rains or snows, everyone drives like it’s the friggin apocalypse. It takes forever to get anywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8825525 Kathleen Salvador

    i love reading your blog so much. sighh just makes me happy.

  • Jennie

    Thank you for these hilarious posts. You made my day.

  • Arnebya

    Huh. I’ve lived in DC alls mah life. I hate how the city shuts down the minute the sky threatens to leak. It’s not that we can’t drive when there’s a bit of sky leakage; it’s that everyone around us sucks hairy ass when it comes to being normal behind the wheel AW SHIT IT’S SNOWING, LET ME DRIVE MO STUPID.

  • Suzanne

    Hilarious post. I live that some women was mad at you for hiking home!

    Am I the only one the video didn’t play for??

  • Jodie

    That is the BEST VIDEO EVER. Thank you. :)

  • Pandora

    1983? I had that EXACT SAME MJ POSTER hanging on my wall. I don’t know why, but you just made my day.

  • Jennifer Cafferty

    Hilarious! And I mean that in a looking back on it, it was funny kind of way. Because at the time, I’m sure “FML” came out of your mouth regularly. We had the ice crap in Boise too. My husband tried to keep up on clearing the driveway, but at some point, totally gave up. Why bother? Mother nature wins every time. So to get down the driveway, it was similar to surfing. Somewhat maintain balance and enjoy the ride down.

  • Rachel Sea

    Ice scares me silly. 10 years ago I fell and broke my leg so badly I didn’t walk for a year. When I was in Seattle during a freak spring blizzard some years ago, I bought a bag of rock salt and tossed handfuls on the sidewalk ahead of me anywhere I had to walk. I’m fairly certain it saved me another broken leg.

  • ~Melissa~

    I HAD THAT POSTER, TOO! (It felt caps-worthy.)

  • http://twitter.com/SSables S A Brown

    Living in Minnesota, I immediately forwarded this hysterical article to all relative children(2) & grandkids(5) that live in Arizona & Florida. We have so much salt on our boots here that they are all white boots now. Applies to cars too. Schools NEVER close here. Freezing rains is just impossible to drive on. Thanks It made my day!