Monday, January 26, 2009

Ice? We don't need no stinkin' ice

We may or may not get ice today, tonight, and tomorrow. Lovely.

Dear City of Little Rock,

I have a bone to pick with you. The husband and I drove around over the weekend and we saw a lot of low hanging branches and lines tangling in wires in Hillcrest and the area near Stifft Station.
Several years ago we were living in an apartment. Unfortunately this apartment was on a hill. Well more like a mountain area. Anyway, when the major ice storm of 2000 came through we got the brunt of it. The trees knocked out lines all up and down the area. We were trapped on this very icy hill with no power or heat for days. After the ice went away we waited even longer for power due to the downed lines. With 2 young children (a 3 yr old and a very young baby born in Oct., this was December). Not fun. I am not even mentioning the fiasco the night of the storm.

Ok, I lied. I will. Picture this. Christmas night. We had just drove back from visiting with the inlaws. There wasn't ice at their house and we just hit the storm somewhere around Cantrell Rd. The husband drove up to our apartment just after the ice really started accumulating. Being a man, he didn't listen to me when I told him not to go back down the steepest part of the hill to look for a better parking spot. He pulled into the 2nd lot behind our patio. The apartments were set up like tiers and each had a front and back lot.

Anyway, so he pulls into the second lot. Just then the vehicle started to slide sideways and slid to a stop near the concrete embankment leading down to the second row of buildings.
We ended up having to bail out of the (still creakily sliding) van. The ground was too slippery to walk on so we had to put make our way uphill across the sloping lot by scooting on our behinds alternating with stepping on a handmade knitted baby blanket that thankfully stuck to the ice quite well.
Oh and guy in one of the townhouses, I appreciate your concern when you asked if we were ok but sliding across the lot on my behind (in a flimsy skirt and heels!) probably means there was an issue.


Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

Wow! That was a Christmas for the record books.... Hope you are well in all that ice that is happening down there. My parents live in SW Missouri and they got hammered by ice storms all last winter, it seemed.

Dani' said...

It completely missed us!

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