Monday, December 14, 2009

Ways and Frays: Snow Day

Pamela Tracy here: I'm thinking almost everyone has seen A Christmas Story at least ten times already this season (I know I have). You know the scene where Richie's little brother is in his winter outdoor wear and looking like the Michelin tire man? Well, I'm originally from Nebraska and I had that Michelin outdoor wear. And, yes, I do have a funny story. Hehehehe. When I was about nine there was a huge blizzard in Omaha (No, I'm not going to tell you how long ago that was) and school was closed, most people didn't go to work, and businesses were pretty much empty. We were out of milk. Don't know why milk is the thing you can't run out of, but my mom was pretty upset. The snow had stopped. And me, and two of the neighbor boys (ages nine and eight) were sent walking to the store. If we'd stayed on the sidewalk like our mothers told us, there'd be no story today. But, see, we lived by a railroad track, a somewhat elevated railroad track. In our brillance we decided that since it was elevated it wouldn't be covered with snow and therefore somewhat easy to traverse. We were right! About thirty minutes into this cold, boring walk, we got an idea (Okay, it was me!) On each side of the track, the snow had piled up, all pristine white, smooth, and looking so inviting. We decided to jump from the track into the snow. Picture dead weight, going down, and landing standing up. That's what happened. The snow was up to our necks. We couldn't get out! For hours we would lean forward an inch, then to the sides, then back, each time making the prison we'd landed in a little bigger. We were cold, a little scared, and thinking, "Hey, Mom was right about staying on the sidewalk." When we finally got out, all three of us in our Michelin man attire ran (wobbled) straight home, without the milk, and all of us got in trouble.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

10 comments:

  1. Pamela, LOL!! I pictured that scene in my mind as I read, and it sounds like something right out of a funny movie! Thanks for sharing! ~ Patti Jo (who would LOVE to see some snow here in Georgia!)

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  2. That's hilarious!!! And a little scary to hear! I'm glad we only get snow in like half inch increments in Georgia. (And only maybe once a year!) (grin)

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  3. I really think that was the first time I thought "WHAT IF I CAN'T GET OUT OF THIS!"

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  4. Ok I have never ever ever seen this movie and I want to. I cant hire it in my town cos we dont have it here so not sure how I can watch it but I HAVE TO!!!!!!!!!
    This book has been mentioned and featured in a book I read and by authors on my blog the Christmas.
    Oh not having snow I dont know how I would be in your situation.

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  5. LOL! TOTALLY feel your pain, Pamela : ) Being from Vermont...we...ummmm...get a lil snow! *wink*
    Hannah

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  6. Hannah,
    It's Christmas and I owe you some books. Please email me PkayeT@aol.com and we'll go to Amazon and pick some. Do it, girl!

    Jenny,
    Not sure what you want to hire LOL but thanks for stopping by.

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  7. sorry the movie the christmas story.
    I have never seen it.

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  8. Oh, Hannah, once your mentioned the Christmas Story I completely got Jenny's post. Arg, sorry, Jenny, I think it was the word hire that threw me. We Zonies say rent. Can you order it from Amazon.com? It's a delightful movie.

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  9. LOL Pamela, you're right!! I'm such a procrastinator...*pondering this thought*....

    It's all good, but you're totally right. This movie is SOOOOO great!! I think we're watching it tonight actually while enjoying some delicious German Choco Cake my sis made tonight : D I just hope I can eat it... : /
    Hannah

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  10. Hahaha! That's hilarious. I love that movie! I think my favorite scenes are when he sticks his tongue to the poll or when he comes down in the bunny suit! We Texans got some snow early december...actually in Southeast Texas and it wasn't that much(maybe an inch), but you would've thought it was a snow day!

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