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Well, 2009 got off to a rousing start when I slipped and fell on some ice on Jan. 1. I came out of it with just bruises all down my right leg (which I landed on) and a few days of stiffness, but it could have been a lot worse. Last year, a friend of a friend slipped on a sidewalk and broke her pelvis. Yesterday, an old man in this area fell, hit his head, and ended up dying.

Since the 1st, the weather has really turned. Currently the driveway and sidewalk are all over ice. I went out to get the newspaper yesterday, took one step on the pavement, and almost went flat on my face. Since then, to get to the mailbox and the newspaper box on the street, I've cut across the knee-high snow on the lawn, because at least I'm not going to kill myself walking on that stuff.

The street looks like this: and the driveway looks like this: . Two bigger and better pictures are inside the cut.

Parts of the driveway photo make it look merely wet. Oh, so misleading. It's pure ice out there. And yes, the driveway is long. Talk about a pain in the ass to shovel when it snows!

If you love snow and ice, you are welcome to ALL of mine! )

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