Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring Freeze

Ahhhh Spring. Even though it happens every year it always seems like a miracle. A very wet slushy miracle. My office is located on Lake Street. And it was truly taking after it's name.

The sucker truck took two loads of water out of the lake puddle, but it was filling up almost as fast as they sucked it out.

Our springy weather has now taken a hiatus. I definitely got spoiled on nearly a week of above freezing temperatures. Everything was melting, there was water all over, kids were running around in shorts and then WAMMO......suddenly it's 15 degrees. That in itself wouldn't be all that bad except that things that are soaking wet generally don't like to be frozen. The van at work is frozen solid the last place it was parked. The wheels won't turn no matter how much you gun the gas. My 4 wheeler's speedometer is frozen at zero and the red reverse light flashes as I drive down the road FOREWARD.

The 10 inches of slush in the road had frozen into deep ruts. The puddles are half frozen and break up when driven through. When you drive through this mess the vehicle bucks around like a deranged rodeo bull.......and if your not careful, you get stuck.

Meet Frank. Frank came to help us replace the washer and drier in the group home at work. He works for the housing department. This is the 2nd day in a row that Frank got stuck in our driveway. He's stuck completely across the road. First everybody tried to push him out but the back tires were stuck in a frozen rut. Then Steve got the brilliant idea that he was going to try and pull Frank out with the Explorer.....well that didn't work either. So along came that forklift.

A little push from the forks...

...was pretty much all it took.

So that's all the excitement going on here. I hope to get some fishing in this weekend and some photos as well.


Becky said...

I thought at first you were going to say that the forklift got stuck, too, and there was this big traffic jam out front...

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Never did like driving an empty pickup truck during breakup... No traction.

If it makes you feel any better, we just had a hailstorm.