Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ice wars


I got a call around noon yesterday from one of the businesses in our downtown building expressing concern over the parking lot being ice-covered and insanely slick.

So Maria and I went to Lowe’s and bought 120 pounds of rock salt (they had to bring down a pallet of 40 pound bags for us) and a couple of 50 pound bags of calcium chloride ice melting compound which is supposedly less damaging to concrete.

Then we spent a perilous hour spreading the stuff on the sidewalks and asphalt in the hope that it would clear the lot by morning.

Unfortunately, it did not.

We checked about 9:15 a.m. and there was no significant improvement, but the tenants appreciated our effort and agreed the only thing to do was wait for the sun to melt the ice. The temperature is expected to reach 33 today and 43 tomorrow, so the end is in sight.

In terms of inconvenience, this has probably been the most significant weather event we’ve experienced here in northeast Arkansas since the Great Ice Storm of 2009.

I’m guardedly optimistic that I can get the ice off of the Subaru hood and open it to charge the battery before the sun goes down today, but I rather expect that all three of the school districts where Maria subs will be closed again tomorrow and she won’t need the car.

We shall see.

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