Monday, February 28, 2011

Slip Sliding Away

This morning, I awoke to a coating of ice. It looks pretty.
I've always marveled at how the drips are so evenly spaced. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's on trees or the deck railing or the edges of the Jeep. There is a definite pattern to the drips. They are always a certain distance apart. Must be some natural physics involved in that.

The ice turned the Jeep into an ice cube. At first glance, I figured it would take more than just a few minutes to get into the Jeep, let alone get enough ice off it to drive. But the driver's side door was shielded somewhat from the ice and I get that open right away. I could start the car and run the defrosters while I chipped away at the coating. The view from inside was not encouraging.
The north facing passenger window.
The windshield. I can take a scraper to the windshield, but I can't scrape the plastic windows.

In anticipation of this problem, since I was aware last night we were to get sleet and freezing rain, I boiled 2 cups of water in the microwave, as well as made a full teapot of hot water, taking out just enough for my morning tea. I poured a cup of hot water on the windshield and started work. It took about 10 minutes of scraping but I got the window somewhat cleared.
 The other cup went on the right side. Then, I refilled the measuring cup and poured 2 cups of hot water on the passenger window, which melted all the ice on that side. The city salt truck went by while I was outside scraping, so I knew the roads would be salted if a bit slippery. I was 10 minutes late to work but so was everyone else.

I'm on the fence about this. Do I prefer the scraping of the ice to this?
Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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