The white and gold

Whiskey on the ... snow?

Whack for the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

Well, we knew it was coming, but that didn’t mean we were ready for it — our first snow of the 2010 multiple-car-pileup season.

Naturally, I seized on last night’s weather event as the perfect excuse for a beaker of Gaelic brain eraser to forestall croup, pneumonia and whooping cough. Herself even had a wee drop.

That was the fun part. The sucky bits commenced this morning, when we had to take Herself’s 2002 Subie to one mechanic and my 1983 Toyota truck to another on roads that were glazed like a copper’s donut. For my trip I dumped six tubes of traction sand in the bed, locked the hubs, slammed it into 4WD and stayed in second gear the whole way.

The good thing about having a 27-year-old rust-bucket like this, of course, is that people in nice cars get the hell out of your way. It fairly screams, “What makes you think I won’t hit you?” And “Hell, no, I ain’t got no god-damn insurance.” Possibly “I’m still half-hammered from the whiskey I was guzzling last night.”

Anyway, it works. Everybody waited to tailgate me until I was behind the wheel of my Forester, inching home from the Toyota mechanic. Some mighty small hat sizes here in Bibleburg, and the body shops love ’em.


6 Responses to “The white and gold”

  1. Libby Says:

    I like your winter’s tale. Glad you and your wife came through unscathed. Time for me to go to the mechanic and get the snow tires on and wish I had AWD or 4WD.

  2. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Hey, Libby … any excuse for a nip of Bushmills, eh? Even a quarter-inch of snow will suffice.

    You get the snow tires on OK? I remember when I went everywhere in two-wheel drive and never got stuck — 1964 Biscayne, ’74 Datsun pickup, ’83 Toyota pickup. Now if I don’t have AWD or 4WD I quake like an aspen in a high wind.

    Mind you, I’ve managed to get into plenty of trouble in 4WD. But that’s another story.

  3. Libby Says:

    I had a friend who always had a “winter rat”. That’s what he would call a “rust-bucket”. He was in the auto-body and car and parts salvage business! He thought I was a fool when I bought a new car one January. My car was only (!) 9 yrs old – I had bought it new – but I needed reliable transportation and couldn’t afford dollars or job-wise to keep it. I had been transferred to a job site 8 or 10 miles away from my home and it was not on any bus-line unlike my previous workplace (3 miles and on the bus-line, indeed I walked it sometimes).

  4. Khal Spencer Says:

    There was quite the cluster-crash down at the Big I in Albuquerque last week when they had their first dusting of snow. Black ice and hardpack on the cloverleaf but not enough snow to make anyone worry. You can guess the rest.

  5. James Says:

    I hear that A’dam is below freezing and with snow showers. Imagine that fiasco!

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Back from Italia where we saw a few spin-outs and guard-rail contact on the autostrada over the Turchino Pass due to snow. It was even snowing in Genoa, right on the sea! Genovese and Milanese are not too used to slippery stuff so caution was the rule though our Fiat Panda plowed through it with no problems, making it back from an overnight near Pisa to our HQ near Milan while it was still daylight. One last dose of risotto and brasato barolo, washed down with a wood-aged Barbera and we were good to climb aboard a plane for home. More details on the tour are on the CycleItalia blog now and more will come as I recover from jet-lag and Italian food withdrawal.

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