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The Adventure of Freezing Feet

I left work around 7pm and there was about 3 inches of (really fluffy) snow on my car. It had been falling lightly since mid-morning, so I guess I wasn't too surprised, but I also wasn't too prepared since I wore my clogs that are open in the back. Fortunately, I did wear my jeans which are warmer than most of my work pants. Clearing off my car went pretty quickly since the snow was so nice and light and fluffy. I emptied my shoes of snow and vowed to change my socks when I got back to my apartment.

Driving up my road (which is probably a 20deg incline) was a little iffy, but the roads hadn't been touched at all. It could have been worse, but my Rochester training served me well. When I pulled into the parking lot, it was pretty empty. I was surprised because a lot of business and schools and such had closed early this evening. I got in the outside door of the apartment and I decided to shovel the back stoop before going up to my place. Tony (landlord) leaves a shovel inside the door, so I put my stuff on the inside step, grabbed the shovel, and got to work on the stoop. It's not a very big area, but it is uneven so it takes some handiwork to get it cleared. Took me maybe a minute or two, tops.

When I turned to go back inside, I saw my keys - sitting on the steps inside. Not really good for getting back inside. I knocked on the windows of the apartments downstairs, but no one was home. I made a bunch of phone calls and the best option was to have Dad drive over with the spare set of keys that I made for my parents. It took dad about 25 minutes to drive over. About 3 minutes before he arrived, my downstairs neighbors came home and let me in. When Dad got up the hill, he was not the rescuer he thought he'd be. I invited him up for hot chocolate and we talked for a while.

I was stuck outside for about 45 minutes total and I think it was about 20 degrees. Took about an hour to regain feeling in my feet. But I survived.

This has been a rough 24 hours!

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sillyliss
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh no, how terrible!! :( This day has got to get better. And tomorrow! Tomorrow should be way better. This makes my little problem feel even pettier than I felt when I was writing it up! Have another hot chocolate for me. And thank goodness you're not in the Nation's Icebox.
tenthz
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, my good deed of shoveling turned out not so good. Oops.

I'm warm now, so all is well. But you are right - tomorrow has GOT to be better!
mountainheather
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
That's what you get for trying to be nice! ;(

I use a lanyard now that I leave around my neck, so it forces me to never put them down.
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