What goes around comes around

This past winter, the northwest saw a heck of a lot of snow! If you mention that morning to other locals who braved the roads that day, they too remember that day. My usual habit when the driveway which goes uphill where I work, was to position my front wheel, 2 wheel drive clunker (that had a matter of inches for ground clearance) drop it in first gear and plow my way through the birm, parking in a nice covered area. This particular morning, for the first time ever, I did not manage to plow through that three foot high berm (which was wet slop the plow truck left in front of the driveway). Instead, I managed to get that little old car more stuck than I’ve ever thought was possible!

In the winter, I make it a habit to carry a shovel with me at all times just in case. This was the first time I actually had ever needed it though. The back end of the car was hanging out partially on the main road, where as the majority of it was wedged beyond wedged. Normally I would have made it, but too much snow fell in too short of a time period. I have since bought me vehicle this past spring with 4WD to use for future occasions. Knowing myself, I will find a way to get myself in another precarious situation.

I called my boss. I knew he was coming in to the office that day, so was hoping he could come with his plow truck to bail me out. No could do – He was stuck at his house and needed someone with a bigger plow truck to bail him out. I decided my best bet was to get out of the car and start shoveling.  Some strangers passing by in a larger truck saw me shoveling and asked if they could help. (OH YEAH!) They started to help me shovel all around the the car. They had just been at a friend’s house, shoveling his drive way since he had broken his shoulder while snowboarding the weekend before. So, their two shovels plus mine, we were working hard to free my car.

While attempting to untrap the car, another large truck came by with another willing good hearted citizen. My old car had tow hitch on it that I’d use in the summer to haul my toys to the lake (and yes, the toys were newer than that car – I had been saving for the one I now drive for a few years).  Using the tow hitch, the trucker attempted to pull me out of the driveway – and the car would not budge, and yes, I had it in neutral at that point.  More shoveling and another pull and the car still refused to move. Folks, leave it to Kat to wedge her car so well, that and the tires were bald on the car. I’ve found that winter driving is more about technique than relying on studded tires which tear up the roads when they are dry.

I don’t recall how much time passed, but after what seemed like half the day (and hour or two in actuality) we got the car shoveled and yanked outta there. At that point, I drove and parked at the nearby hospital and walked across the street to work.  That night, the tire chains(cables) I had purchased in 2002 and were still in the original packaging, I figured out how to put on the car.  It wasn’t hard, but it sucks not being able to drive over 20 mph or so with tire cables on.  Perhaps my former title of being dubbed as an “ambulance driver” made me less fearful of driving on ice regardless of what I was behind the wheel of.

This story where the title will make more sense leads to part 2 of another I have not written…. yet.  Most of all, I was thankful there are many good citizens around to help me in my time of need.


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