Posted by: loungekitten | January 19, 2009

You Know What They Say About Good Deeds. . .

Well, in my case it’s really true, no good deed goes unpunished.  I thankfully made it home this evening without getting into an accident.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

My mother very kindly volunteered my babysitting services to my aunt, who had to take her daughter to an emergency appointment and needed me to watch her granddaughter (daughter of the daughter that had to go to the appointment).  Watching the granddaughter was no big deal.  She’s two, so she’s very active and testing everyone’s limits.

But the weater predicted for the day. . .the forecast was way off.  The forecast called for a dusting of snow in my area.  While I was watching my cousin, I was also watching the snow pile up outside.  After a couple of hours of moderate snowfall, I started to think, “Man, when is this snow going to stop?”

Turns out my aunt was thinking the same thing.  She left earlier than she planned, and it took her about 2 hours to get home from someplace that was possibly about 30 minutes away.  Then it took her a half an hour to get up her driveway.

Oh, yeah.  Her driveway forms about a 60 degree angle with the street up to her garage.  So, luckily she sort of shoveled it so she could spin her tires fast enough to get to the top of her driveway.  This is the driveway I had to go down. I called my mother while I was poised at the top of the driveway to let her know I was on my way home.  Then, it took me about 5 minutes to get to the bottom of her driveway, sliding sideways all the way down.

Well, then I had to descend the big hill where her neighborhood is located.  I went the least steep way I could think of and it still took me about 15 minutes to get to a road that was moderately flat and clear.  All in all, I think it took me about half an hour to get home and my aunt only lives 10 minutes away.

And, yes, I’m a horrible snow driver.  I first got my driver’s license here in PA, then promtly moved to FL where it doesn’t snow.  My car was bought in FL, so I never thought to buy a car with things like traction control and anti-lock brakes.  So no snow-driving skills, ill-equipped vehicle.  Every year since I’ve moved here, I’ve narrowly averted a snow driving disaster, including nearly mowing down some pedestrians on the side of the road when I lost control going down a huge hill.  And in my head, I know what to do to control my car, it’s just trying to do it when it needs to be done.

Last but not least. . .can you believe it, Bush’s last day in office!!!!

If I were Barack Obama I don’t think I’d be able to sleep tonight, I’d be that excited.  But he’d better, it’s going to be a busy day tomorrow.

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