Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Captivity Log - Day #8

I kid, I kid. Well, maybe sort of...

As we move into Day #6 of NO SCHOOL (really it's Day #8 since we also had two snow days a couple of weeks ago) and Day #8 of Snowmaggeddon, we're all getting a little crazy here in T-Town. I can't stress this enough: this type of winter is UNPRECEDENTED here.

We don't EVER get this much snow, especially not all at once.
We don't EVER get these below-zero temperatures.
The snow NEVER sticks around this long.
We don't have the set-up in our city to deal with this sort of thing.
We don't have the snow plows like other cities (or at least not even close to having enough of them to deal with this).
We don't have the driving experience to deal with this. It's a free for all out there, and people are driving like idiots for the most part.

But we persevere. And in true Oklahoma fashion, we're all helping each other out, keeping smiles on our faces, and braving the weather. Even when there is a forecast tonight for another possible 4-12".

No joke.

And yesterday afternoon, we got MAIL!!!!

I was backing out of the driveway when the neighbor down the street yelled over to ask if I had checked my mail. When I said no, he told me that he went and got the mail for the entire street and hand-delivered it into our boxes himself. How nice was that?!

And yesterday the boy and I were on our way home from the grocery store (stocking up) and the library (also stocking up) when we came upon a poor soul stranded in the snow. Sure enough, this gentleman had gotten out in his brand spankin' new uber-expensive BMW (the $80K or so costing variety). His tires were spinning, and he was going nowhere. I rolled my window down to see if he needed a tow. (Keep in mind, I have no towing experience, but my husband, who LIVES to tow people out and rescue them from the snow, keeps a tow rope in our car.)

He hemmed and hawed (just like a man) for five to ten minutes, trying his best to get out, and finally had no choice but to take up my offer of either towing him or driving him to his destination. Since he couldn't find the place on the front of his car to hook my rope, he ended up opening the hood and hooking it on to a thick piece of steel on the engine. (I was nervous about this, but since he personally hooked it there on his car and still wanted me to tow him, I figured I wasn't liable if it went south.)

Slowly slowly I pulled him out UPHILL almost a block. With barely a thank you, he was on his way, albeit a bit embarrassed that little ol' me had hopped out of the car to rescue him, haha. Dang, it felt good.

Yay for my first tow! My husband was crazy proud. And the boy was in the backseat cheering, "Hurray, Mama! Hurray, Mama! We did it!"

11 comments:

~Michelle~ said...

lol - you tow, Girl! ;)

So are you marking the days on your wall, like prison? I would say to mark them in the snow, but they'll just get covered up, so that would be pointless!

Baloney said...

Didn't give you a proper thank you? What is WRONG WITH HIM?

You are awesome for doing that!

Matt and Randi McComber said...

I'm quite certain the engine block is an ideal place to hook up a tow rope. Way to go, BMW dude!

Jami said...

Hi Valerie - I don't know you and you don't know me but we both know Shannan from FlowerPatch Farmgirl. I don't know if you read her latest post but because of that, I am going to be praying for you tonight! :) I would love to hear some of your story. Anyways, hope your day is a good one! Bless you!

Jami
www.lifewithapersonalgod.blogspot.com

@nnie said...

totally impressed with your tow. not only are you totally domestic, but a little on the valiant and courageous side. What a woman! That's a great story. Hang in there....

Rhonda said...

I'm glad you and Little H are surviving well in this mess. Enjoy the unexpected extra time with him!!

Lisa said...

that's awesome work Val! I hear that the mayor hired some out of area plowers this time. My hubs says it's a piece of cake driving in this new round of stuff...(i just got a new 4wd honda) i haven't seen it since the snowmaggedon began. last night i took the boys to mcd's and noticed i had no ice scraper and a hood full of icy snow...thanks hun. i hear it is going to be in the 70's next week...so snow now, floods later ;) ahh to be an okie. i have noticed the niceness alittle but i've also noticed the nervous histeria/impatience overall rudeness of people who are couped up too long.

The Busters said...

LOVE that you towed a fancy BMW with a GUY driver!! HA! And I can just hear Henry in the back seat. :) The whole mail situation is crazy to me!! My parents didn't get mail last week either. INSANE!!! Stay warm!!

Kristina said...

Wow! We're on our second week of snow days...crazy!
Kristina J.

Heather said...

you are such a winter weather rock star! Lol, my little gal finally went to preschool today and this was one relieved mama ;) I wonder what they'll have to do to make all these missed days up. Although I am evilly delighted in the idea of the bratty neighbor kids having to go to school all summer, lol...

Mrs. O said...

Maybe I'm wrong, but aren't beamers rear wheel drive? Maybe he drove away without a proper thank-you because he went to hang his head in shame for trying to take one out on the snow!