Slipping into Christmas

Well, it had to happen sometime. I took my first fall of the season this morning as I was making my way home from the grocery store, lugging 3 bags and a purse. Sidewalks were covered with a light dusting of snow that left the black ice underneath impossible to see. On my way there, I’d already slipped in a few spots but managed to catch myself but I guess I wasn’t so nimble on my way back. So there I was, flat on my back, my bags and my purse strewn all around me on the ground. A piece of camembert cheese stuck under the wheel of a parked car. Thank goodness I wear a well-padded parka so I didn’t feel the force of the impact too much. The city has layed down abrasives on the main streets but walking on residential and side streets can be treacherous if not tricky. So if you’re planning to head out tonight or tomorrow to visit family and friends, be careful and watch your step. And on that note, I’d like to wish all the Metroblog readers out there a safe and Merry Christmas!

2 Comments so far

  1. Bruce (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    hope you weren’t hurt too badly.

  2. Marla Comm (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

    To those of you who fell or slipped, I hope you didn’t get too badly hurt. I took my share of spills on slippery sidewalks. I am stiff and achy because all my muscles tensed up when I fell.

    I like to walk the trail on Mt. Royal for fitness reasons in the winter, but am disappointed to find it a sheet of ice most of the winter. The city ploughs the snow but never salts that path after rain or ice storms.

    Spills come with the territory of living in a city with winters that no human should have to endure and a lazy blue collar work force that acts like it doesn’t know that a substance called salt exists. The sand and pebbles they throw down are useless. It just slides under my feet. This winter the city is doing just as miserable a job of clearing snow. With another storm raging outside, I wonder how long they will take this time around to clear the streets and sidewalks. I doubt that they included more timely snow removal in their lists of New Year’s resolutions.

    -Marla Comm

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