The Ice Man Commeth

January 17, 2007

Nothing ever came of the whole shooting thing, so other than the street cred I’ve gained from it it goes down as another short story in the life of Jesse.  I still cant help but wonder from time to time if the person next to me is gonna start shooting, but nothing crippling.  And sorry Shane, per your comment, I didnt realize that is how Oklahoman’s introduced themselves.

Things have REALLY slowed down in Oklahoma.  Last Friday it started to rain, then it froze, then it sleeted, then it rained some more other the entire weekend.  The result is an ice pack like I’ve never seen before. The yards and streets look like they are covered in fresh snow.  No grass can be seen in my front yard nor tire marks in the street.  But when you go to walk in the yard you dont leave any footprints, its just solid ice!  Probably 3″ of solid ice on everything.  Now, its not the hard packed snow turned kinda-ice some of the northerner’s reading this are used to in the winter… no, its the ‘holy crap I cant get going no matter how slow I try’ kind of glare ice you fear. The paper is running pictures ofpeople ice skating down the streets.

School’s closed early around here on Friday and have remained closed.  The word on the street is they MAY open back up on Friday in the metro area and perhaps Monday for some of the outlying areas.  Just south of here it is far worse though.  A town of about 20-30K (Muskogee I think, they all sound the same to me) had 900 electrical poles snap.  Those poor bastards may be out of power for a matter of WEEKS.

BUT! The Fettkether’s are making the most it.  The glare ice makes for some unique sledding opportunities as any little hill provides a speed track for the sled.  Walking the dogs has taken on a whole new challenge as it becomes an interesting mix between walking and sliding while the dogs alternate between pulling me triumphently and have all 4 legs slide from beneeth them.  Down the streets from us the road has a quick “S” curve in it at a steep downhill, right in front of the park.  While at said park with the dogs and the boy yesterday Kelli and I helped 4 or 5 people out of jams, stopped several more from going that direction, and saw still others spin/slide/whirl out of control.

So there’s the whole big-ice storm thing for ya’.  Of course I took some pictures, of course I havent posted them.  Yes, I know Im a slacker.

On a somewhat related, but not really, story:  Igasa cut her mouth when she got into the garbage and munched on a can on Monday.  I heard a yip and went out to see one of my cactus pots destroyed, so I yelled at the dumb beast for breaking it.  WELL.. later Kelli notice blood all over the bathroom and carpet and it was from Igasa’s mouth.  I still figured it was from the cactus, but later learned she had got in the garbage and chewed up a tin can!  The way this relates the snow story is the smount of blood a 70lb dog can spread around an all white backyard.  Wow, it looks like someone gutted a deer back there.  We took care of her, and I appolgized for yelling at her for breaking my cactus, and she’s all better now.  In case anyone is wondering, if an animal is bleeding alot in the mouth the solution (I was told) is no food or drink for 24hrs, downtime, and cold.

In other news, work goes well. THe boy is enjoying his time off from school, his parents – not so much.  Kelli got paid for a couple days of not having to work.  The OSU-Texas basketball game last night ruled.  Go TU and UNI Basketball.  TU football is getting interesting in the off season.  Yep.

- Jesse

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