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Frozen to death... almost

It's about 2°F (-17°C) outside, and the windchill is -10°F (-24°C).

I was carrying a large bucket of water and half a bucket of feed to the barn for the sheeps.  I didn't realize the ground in front of the barn door was solid ice, so I wasn't wearing my YakTrax (crampons).  I went down hard.  I banged my knee on the hard ice; it hurts like hell but fortunately I don't think I broke anything.  The bucket of water spilled all over me and almost immediately froze.  I was literally frozen to the ground and had to fight my way free, not an easy thing to do when you're on solid ice and have no traction.  My roommates were so engrossed in their computers they never heard my cry for help.  If I'd broken something or been unable to get up, I'd have frozen to death.  Thanks guys.

The sheep got their food, but water bucket was empty, so I guess I'm going to have to venture out there again.  I don't know how, all my cold weather gear is soaking wet.  I used a piece of a broken stall door to make a bridge across the ice on my way out of the barn, so hopefully I won't fall next time.  I'll be sure to wear my YakTrax too.

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twigmouse
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Eeek, stay safe out there. Keep your feet under you!
moxxey
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
o.o it must have been really cold outside where you were! Lucky it didn't turn tragic, because those damn computers make everyone using them oblivious to the world around them when they're on-line! -.-
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captpackrat
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I've thought about that, but my current cellphone is a PDA phone with a large, fragile screen; I'd have a good chance of wrecking if I fell and then I'd still be screwed. I suppose I should charge up my old RAZR, since you can always make emergency calls even on a deactivated phone, but that would limit me to calling 911. Since everyone else will be at work tomorrow, I suppose that will work just fine.
terminotaur
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
Not to diminish that cold too much but take the windchill number and double it, and you have what it was here this morning, when I had to go out. :(
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