So you know I had some ice dam problems at home… and lately I’ve had rather a fascination with the ice at work. Here’s some pics from one week ago,
All (or so I thought) of that ice came off the roofs on Sunday.
A little after 4 pm today, some folks from Geology came upstairs and said “you drive the Subaru, right?” (which is a little funny since probably it is the most common car around). Um, yes…
What I tell people: Do not park along the side of this building in the winter, especially in that corner.
What I did: Parked in that corner.
In my defense, it seemed like all of the ice fell off of these roofs over the weekend and there was no visible ice on any of the roofs, and not in this area either… it was all on the ground. But no, more found its way into the valley of the roof and from there to the ground. And demolished the entire back end and passenger side (both doors, the rear quarter panel, the roof, tore off the mirror, and buckled the inside headliner in back-and maybe more!) of my car and the hood of J’s car. We were parked in appropriate and legal parking spots… I am fairly certain that within a day or two these spaces will no longer be available.
J says she just received a check for some contract work that she’d done… She says: “And God said Thou shalt spend that money on thee car“, whammo!
Risk Management is adjacent to us, and I figured they were as good a place to start as any… and in fact they were the place to go. So S came out and took photos and started claims for us. We’ve also called our insurance companies. The person I spoke with was totally amazed that ice could be so powerful…. Me: You’re not from the northeast are ya? She: I’m in California.
If a person had been standing behind my car when that happened, we’d be going to a funeral. Seriously. There were enormous chunks of ice on the ground. I knew of somebody in Syracuse who died that way. And her twin sister saw it happen… one of them leaving the old library, the other walking on the sidewalk next to the church that has since then had big signs about the ice.
So instead of cooking we ordered pizza, and I purchased some wine. I opened the Hyena and the Baobab because the name amused me, especially given the day’s events. I had trouble getting the little foil wrapper off. The cork broke! And the rest of it was too far into the bottle for the corkscrew to get… which I found out after I pinched my thumb and got a little blood blister. So I pushed the cork into the bottle, splashing wine EVERYwhere. DH said “step away from the wine” (he was getting a blow by blow accounting). Thankfully he poured me a glass. And then that weird adreneline I’d been running on started to wind down.
Five of us went for a health walk at lunchtime. Really what we were doing is going to the nearest store to purchase chocolate. I was interested in the patterns and lines of the buildings on the way back,
We walked under that catwalk, and to the left, and right past our cars. We have no idea when the ice fell… If it was before 1 pm, we totally missed it. I can’t believe that 5 generally observant people would have totally missed that.
If you’re into the whole Google Earth thing, search for Elkins Lane, Augusta, ME. Then go to 44°18’5.79″N, 69°46’11.93″W to see where we were parked….
Look what came in the mail today, from my hairdresser,
From Lynspirations, which she sells in her shop. I had to call her right up and say how wonderful it was to have a treat, especially today.
And I’m not sure that’s a great pic anyhow… but you can see the red does OK… brings up some pink in my face.
These Artfull Bras are incredible. Fun, colorful, and for a great cause… not to mention that I secretly (OK, not so secretly now) want many of them! (as long as they fit comfortably…)
I’m not sure if this Coke commercial is beautiful or disturbing. Perhaps both.
This is in season, as it is the Knitter’s Coffee Swap time… something we talked about on our lunchtime walkabout… Cat Poop Coffee. I had no idea…