I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 5:03 AM GMT on January 10, 2013
Weather is typical here. We got a nice base coat of snow to build on, only to revert to the melt cycle. 40 mph winds and 42 degrees. That will do it.
I was driving down Haystack yesterday and the road was a plate of ice soaking wet. Sure, the maintenance guys had come through and scattered some cinders, but the traction was token. I was going down the hill, which is steep with sharp turns. Suddenly I was in Slo-Mo-Out-Of-Contro.
SMOOC. LOL. OMG. WTF. ( I have NEVER tweeted, I have NEVER texted.. Does it show?)
So I tapped the brakes, still sliding. I lay off the brakes and let gravity take control. I made a gradual turn and hoped I would stay on the road. I did. It was close to ditching.
TODAY was worse. I was off yesterday, pretty much. Today I was hoping to put in a couple hours and BOLT. Went in, worked through lunch and stayed late. I was leaving, the only person still around. Walking to my car I was suddenly on a ICE PLATE O’ DOOM in the parking area. A thick plate of ice in mid-melt, wet as possible. 1% traction. The legs went up and I went down. No warning. I remember watching the bumper of the Tahoe coming up to greet my head. It was pretty close, but not close enough. I was splayed. Yet conscious. I painfully landed on my hip.
It was so slick it was hard to get up.
If I hit my head I might have gotten my first good night of sleep in a long time. Bummer.
My manuscript is back for final approval. Just looking for mis-spells. SHAT?
One of my old grade school teachers has been in touch with me. 5th or 6th grade. Mrs S. Her family is a group of very interesting people, and they became friends of our family as they lived nearby
back then. She is getting up there in years (WHO AIN’T?). And she wants to know how to see my blog. I told her. Hope to see some participation.
We have another FAT order tomorrow. One of the vessels we use had mechanical issues coming up from Seattle (can you spell KULLUK?). Then weather kicked in. A big order on board is heading back, and we are the ones to feed the people. While early in the season, we are very busy.
2013 is a big year for the Kentuckians. 60th anniversary for JK and Dot. JK turns 90. Maybe I can finally kick his ass in golf... Maybe not.
Change is constant.
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