Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Stories

Today’s Theme Thursday is SNOW. I thought I’d share a few personal stories related to snow…all true…

Snow #1

After non-stop driving with a friend who insisted on getting stoned out of his mind all the way down from Portland, OR to Palm Springs, CA we left the valley of Los Angeles and hit the Desert Mountains. It was spring break 1986 and I’d been driving a 1971 Volkswagon Beetle for 16 straight hours when it began to snow. Hard.

Now normally a bug is a great vehicle for snow. But no, during my teenage years I’d managed to drop the front end so it had no clearance, add wide tires and fenders so it had no traction in snow. This was a bug that reveled in spinning 360s when you least expected it to. Naturally, I was a bit concerned about snow accumulation up a steep incline.

The further I got, the harder the snow came down. Cars and trucks littered the highway seemingly abandoned in the snow storm. I had to weave around some of them where they were left right on the roadway. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I pulled over to the side of the road and got out to inspect the road condition. The pavement was dry. The snow was utterly without much water content and seemed to just drift here and there. There wasn’t a bit of slippage as I walked around.

I got back in the car and drove to the summit and down the other side without incident. The snow stopped about 15 minutes later and the sun came out about 30 minutes after that. No problems at all even in my useless snow vehicle. I could only attribute the panic scene to that of Southern California drivers. Nothing other than aliens or government cover-ups makes any more sense.

Snow #2

I had to pee. It was bad. I was doing my patented pee dance. Damn. Why didn’t I go back in the lodge? Here I was up on the mountain with my skis on and it was emergency time and the temperature was a balmy 15 degrees.

So I headed over to a double diamond area with a lot of trees. Double diamond areas here were steep. Really steep. I navigated my way over to a wooded area and took off my gloves, peeled away the 25 layers and wrote my name in signature yellow into the snow. Ahhhh. Relief.

I layered back up and proceeded to go down the mountain. I only got about 8 feet before I realized I hadn’t put back on my gloves. Crap. This was a long ski run that required two chair lifts to even get back to this spot. It might take 30 minutes or more to get back here. In the meantime my hands will freeze. I had to try and side step back up.

Though it was only a damn 8 feet to get back up, the severity of the steep terrain made it nearly impossible to make any traction. It took me nearly 30 minutes just to get back to my gloves…probably the same amount of time it would have taken me to just go down and back around! The lesson? Never work hard when you don’t have to…

44 comments:

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Mrsupole said...

So are you like saying that we kinda freak out here in Sunny Southern California when we have a Snow Day.

Anyway I am glad that you were safe cause we cannot even drive in the rain due to all of our sunny days. That is why we always have such large pile ups on our Freeways when the weather is not sunny.

I was also wondering if you had a picture of that VW Bug, it sounds like it was a really cool Bug. Nothing like driving a Bug. I cannot figure out why I ever got rid of any that I owned.

And just so you know I think I saw that video of you writing your name in the snow on YouTube.

Why is Santa with all those Star Wars guys?

God bless.

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Brian Miller said...

but then you would have missed the opportunity to write your name in the snow, right?

Alan Burnett said...

Great memories of snow. There is something about snowfalls that fix memories so you can remember them in detail years later. Happy TT

Mrsupole said...

Oops, I forgot to say that I am back posting on the TT's, and my post is also, well sorta, about that snowfall in 1986.

God bless.

lime said...

i had a one armed uncel who used to enjoy signing the snow in yellow. funniest damened thing was watching him from behind because the one hand he had altenated betweenhis "writing implemnet" and trying to keep his boxers from falling around his ankles.

Roy Scribner said...

Spring break, 1986 - I did the same thing, but to Santa Monica. I don't remember how we afforded gas, or food. Crazy.

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Perpetual Chocoholic said...

You were one of the fortunate ones. I've heard of "pee'ers" falling while peeing and the ski patrol having to rescue them.

Dee said...

next time pin your gloves to your sleeves tee hee

Quirkyloon said...

Thank goodness you have such a short name.

Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Ha!

Next time try my name: Quirkyloon. You won't forget your gloves, trust me.

Elizabeth said...

When I was in highschool we had a snow day (and it takes a lot to get a snow day in central Illinois)anyway, all of a sudden my Driver's Ed. teacher shows up at my door and said "Hey, let's go get the rest of your hours in". I thought my mom would say "No way, the roads are too dangerous" Well, I was wrong, she said "What a great chance to practice driving in the snow!" So for the next 6 hours I drove around in town and on I-80 (which was closed) (but we drove on it anyway). Now I see that it was a good opportunity to practice driving, but at the time I felt it was a waste of a perfectly good snow day!

JeffScape said...

Yeah, I remember snow on the 101 a couple of years ago... there was general panic. Cracks me up.

You should see Eastern North Carolina, though... EVERYTHING shuts down in the snow, even the military bases. Go figure.

AngelMay said...

I wonder if your patented pee dance looks anything like mine. Actually, I wonder how many variations there really are. But you were lucky. Imagine being a woman in that fix. Talk about freezing your tush off! ;o)

Jeff said...

One time I was driving a large International truck with an 18' box filled with heavy band equipment in a raging blizzard, and someone cut me off. To avoid killing him, I had to swerve, but the road was icy and it sent me into the median. But just out of sheer luck, the truck was going fast enough to plow through 80 feet of snow-filled ditch and up onto the other side, where I simply turned around and got back on the highway. Technically I shouldn't even be here writing about this right now.

Wings said...

I have lived in New England my whole life, and I still hate driving when the roads are icy. Hating getting stuck!

And ... when you gotta pee, you gotta pee!

teeni said...

Just stopping in to say hello - been a while. Got a kick out of your heaven posts! :)

Ronda Laveen said...

I just knew Mrsupole would have a comment on the So Cal drivers in the snow.

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e said...

When nature calls, the patented pee dance doesn't help, at least not my version of it...

Happy TT, VE!

Betsy said...

patented pee dance? ha-ha...video clip, please!

subby said...

Mom & Pop's beetle was a semi-automatic( and she assures me she did rather well on way to hospital, in a blizzard... )

And never forget your....gloves!

Baino said...

Haha . . well at least you're a bloke. We just have to hold it or risk freezing our . . .

VE said...

mrsupole - "Back in the saddle again..." ok...at least back in first again... Oh, and if you want to see the bug, go here

anon - Spam, spam, spam, spam! Lovely spam....

brian - He who writes it the most wins the best spot in heaven...I'm sure that's a rule somewhere...

alan - True for me. But we don't have a lot of snow so I can't speak for those that get lots of it...

lime - That visual is just...weird!

roy - Things were simpler back then...we never had to, like, eat or anything...

clean and crazy - I have submitted a special 55 just for him that will come out at midnight. Thanks for letting me know...I hadn't planned on doing one this week but since it's his birthday and all...

perpetual chocoholic - Talk about frozen weiners...

dee - That sounds just too practical for me to listen to. Lah lah lah lah (me with hand over ears to avoid listening...)

quirkyloon - Your name is so long I'd end up peeing on my gloves because I'd run out of area....

elizabeth - Of course, the other theory is that the freeway was closed and empty BECAUSE you were practicing your driving...

jeffscape - Ha! "Sorry sir, we can't fire the retalitory missles because its a snow day..."

angelmay - You're right...there's no way I'd be exposing my tush up there. Besides...it's so hard to take a dump on a 45% slope. Oh wait...that's not what you meant...

jeff - Ha! This explains a lot. I think you did die there...that's the only way to explain why you live in Minnesota in the winter...

wings - There's not a lot you can do with ice. One year I went ice skating on the streets of Portland...

teeni - It has been awhile. You're welcome anytime!

ronda - Ha! Yes...for that much per day...that's probably what it would be...

e - Oh, it helps me...look like an idiot, that is

betsy - Only you and the gnomes would be plotting for a vidoe clip of it. I know better...

VE said...

subby - Most VWs do well...unless you're an idiot like me and you customize them to not

baino - We do have that advantage...and I'm much appreciative of it...

Stephanie said...

People not used to driving in snow do the oddest things. Works for me if they keep out of my way!

Gladys said...

I did that drive in a Navigator and 60 mile per hour winds. Yeah it's just California Drivers. they were scattered everywhere.

Also and too I had a 1971 Super Beetle it was cherry red with custom interior. I loved my mud buggy. I took that little car everywhere and I had a suburban and a cadillac at home I could drive but I prefered my bug.

Tom said...

we get a lot of snow in Indiana, but the first snow of the season seems to turn the drivers here into bumbling idiots...bunches of accidents always accompany the snowfall, whether it is a scant half inch or 6 inches.

Kurt said...

I've snuck over a few mountain passes right before they were closed with no 4WD or chains. Not recommended!

Nessa said...

I'd like a picture of your patented pee dance please.

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Roy said...

I love that cold dry snow, being a snow-shoer and cross-country skier. I also love walking on it when it's been packed down, how you squeak when you walk.

ReformingGeek said...

I'm so glad you didn't freeze it on a tree.

;-)

Janna said...

Fifteen degrees!
It's ten here right now...
And it was seven yesterday morning.
Currently our wind chill is one... which is warmer than it was earlier.
It's supposed to be colder in a few days.

If you peed on my porch right now, it would freeze within minutes.

(Note: Please don't pee on my porch.)

VE said...

stephanie - I suggest antarctica...not a lot of traffic in the snow there...

gladys - Yes...then there was the feature of having heat come on in the summer but none in the winter. I think my bug loved messing with me...

tom - I don't get stupid in snow but it does take me a little bit to get comfortable driving in it again

kurt - I hope it wasn't in that VW bus! Yikes...

nessa - It's not pretty... but I never claimed I could dance

roy - I know what you're talking about...we have none of that around here. We get wet snow. Really wet

reforminggeek - Ha! That wouldn't have been good...I saw the scene from A Christmas Story where he got his tongue stuck on the pole. I guess now he could have done much worse...

janna - Be glad you left that last note because I was so ready to test that theory...

Maureen said...

Serves you right for defiling all that beautiful white pristine snow...

Candie Bracci said...

LOL,nice memories of snow!

colbymarshall said...

What's snow??? No, seriously...I'm from Georgia...

VE said...

maureen - Defiling? Why...I don't even do filing...

candie - Well...goofy memories that is...

colby - Yeah...rub it in. Call me next July when I'm in low humidity, sunny skies and 82 degrees...

...mmm... said...

Pee dance?! Hmm. Funny but awful. Been there too.

Good memories her and a ncie job for TT.

VE said...

...mmm... - Ah, you have your own patented pee dance too then. I would imagine that's why the patent numbers are so high...lots of dances...

Jaime said...

pee dance. on skiis. bet that was a sight

VE said...

jaime - It's a skill...

Mrs. R said...

Did you know that if the new VW Bugs get too much snow in the anti-lock brake system, that the anti-lock brake system automatically turns itself off as part of a "safety" feature?

I figured that out as I was doing 360s on a Minnesota hwy a few winters back...

VE said...

mrs r - Ha! Now that's one I haven't heard. I know about doing 360s in a bug though...fun times if you survive...