damned ice or do what I say and not what I do or we’re lucky nobody died

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,
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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…

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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.

lunchtime walk

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,
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Or maybe it is the general state of decrepitude of the place… or its starkness… or its sadness…
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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.

the hair

new hair
(I am not especially photogenic… I don’t think I am unattractive, just not photogenic)

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.

More fun

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…

14 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Mel said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 12:46 am

    You’d never heard of luwak coffee before? All I’ll say about it is that it shall never touch my lips.

    Bummer about the car. Given that it was a legal parking space and happened on state property, the state’ll cover the damages, right?

  2. 2

    Julie said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 7:03 am

    Oh no, your poor car!

    Is that the same coffee they talk about on The Bucket List? The rich guy always had to have it and the other guy finally told him it was made from cat poo!

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    Chris said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    Your poor car indeed! Glad you weren’t in it at the time… When I was a kid on the farm, one of the farm cats was killed by a monster icicle falling on him. :(

    Your hair looks great!

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    colleen said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 8:34 am

    Yikes!! Glad no one was hurt. Yes, anyone living in the east probably has a much greater respect for ice (whether on roofs or in rivers) than anyone on the west coast. Loved the bras. I think that’s a great idea.

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    limedragon :-: Harriet said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    Eeek, how scary about the car!

    Hair looks great. : )

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    Emily said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    Wow. Just, wow. Here we get warned about sheets of ice blowing off of moving vehicles and such, but never have to worry about ice just falling from the roof.

    Some of those bras are just amazing.

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    kmkat said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    Love the new hair color! The coffee, the bras, the mind boggles. So glad you were not standing behind your car at that moment. Hope the state pays.

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    Brenda said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

    Yikes, that car took quite a hit. Glad you were nowhere near it!

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    Gramily said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    Golly my hippie-ness must be showing as No bra is the Best bra. They’re definitely funny but a heck of a lot to have to wear undercover. Maybe a bathing suit top instead??

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

    So sorry about the car. I vote cool on the commercial.


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    Cindy AKA Memere AKA Mom said,

    February 12, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    Love your hair color and YOU! You have never taken great pix, but when you forget to be self-conscious and just be yourself, you take a much better pix. And that’s not coming from a prejudiced mother! It’s from an “objective” mother!! I LOVE ALL THE BRAS, especially the furry and glitzy ones. Love you darling daughter, Mom

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    Rose said,

    February 13, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    Hahaha, yeah, those of us in California are definitely amazed by the power of your winters back east. I lived in Rhode Island for a while and returned to Cali in the winter and thought it was so nice and warm out. Where my parents live its very common for entire trees to come down in storms, but never heard too much about ice. That’s such a bummer!

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    Molly Bee said,

    February 13, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

    Oh no! Poor car! Thank goodness no one was hurt! ((Hugs))

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    February 14, 2009 @ 12:45 am

    Oh, my FRICKIN’ Deity!

    Your poor car! Thank heavens no one was hurt, but AWK! Nothing you should be having to deal with right now. Were the skis OK? (I know, small potatoes next to the car, but hey.) Makes the fact that I called home and not only has my husband NOT gotten around to getting the dryer fixed, but now the oven has mysteriously stopped working (well, we got them both from Sears, I guess maybe the same guy can look at them) seem much less onerous. (Of course, now things will get fixed, because I do the laundry, but he does the cooking….so the oven going out is an emergency! Whereas the dryer apparently wasn’t, in my absence.)

    I do like the hair, and I like the picture of us at Rhinebeck, ya know! Even if we look like Mutt and Jeff! Need to go back and clicky the bra link, didn’t do that yet.

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