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    ...........cost me a few years oof my life this morning.

    i was driving the 50 miles to Glasgow to go get our newspaper printed. had great roads, dry with no snow pack so im cruising along at 55-60 cause the wind is gusting pretty good. about 10 miles from Glasgow, in the space of about 200 feet i go from dry roads to glare ice......sphincter pucker factor goes up a notch. bout the time i get 50 feet into the ice one heck of a gust of wind comes and the front end slips and a spinning i go, sphincter pucker factor climbs fast. managed to do almost 3 complete turns before slipping rear first into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. thank god its 6 a.m. and there is almost zero traffic. so i get out inspect the truck and decide this will be easy and put it in 4wd and im out of the ditch and on my way down the road again in 2 minutes or less. and on my way to Glasgow at 35-40 mph in 4wd.

    so i get to the print shop, and notice that only one of the two printers is there. the missing guy lives 25 miles north of Glasgow and called to say he was snowed in and going back to bed. the head printer says oh no ill send someone up after you. so after awhile a guy ive never seen before stops in and says the missing printer is nowhere to be found. about 10 minutes later he comes through the door cursing up a storm saying that it was a bunch of BS that he had to drive through 2 foot drifts in his car to get to work, where are the snow plows. i laugh and say i ALWAYS beat the snow plows out, they dont start till about 8 am. he says what do you do? i said i just drive through, no big deal. he than said i was full of crap. and its all i and the head printer could do not to laugh at him. i had hit the ditch and wasnt tweaking out at all and hes complaining about a few drifts? i come to find out this guy is a fairly recent import from Seattle and cant deal with snow. some ppl................. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    I had similar incidents constanty back when living in upstate New York. Almost rolled over once on an icy road [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] maybe thats where a couple of gray hairs came from.... (I was 14-15 at the time, and driving [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] )
    But now that I think about it... its no big deal, kinda fun really. Do you have the same feeling?
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    been in scarrier situations. kinda scarry while i was spinning but when i slid into the ditch, well given the way i slid into the ditch i knew i was going to be fine and just became worried about getting out without having to call some one to pull me out. basically a lil shaken up but nothing serious, i was laughing about it whill talking to some of the ppl at the print shop. its a fact of life up here. if yah drive on the winter roads often enough your going to hit the ditch at some point and 99.9% of the time its not going to be any more serious than trying to find someone to pull you out. but the way that guy was going on about how aweful the drifts were had me laughing.
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    I'm far more unnerved by winter driving here in CT than I ever was in Maine. A spin that just puckers the sphincter on a lightly travelled road can be a killer on a road full of cars.
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    very true Bruce. had it happened at 8:30 when i was headed back home i more than likely would have been hit. course bout anytime in your neck of the woods would be bad news
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    Last winter I took a winter driving course (3 min. video) which was more of a have fun skidding and learn how to stop course. Three days ago I went to an unplowed lot in my Camry and tried to spin out in a 1/2 foot of snow but the darn traction control stopped me from doing anything major and it's a front wheel drive. God do I love winter!

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    lol cant beat my Jeep Cherokee for flipping cookies. rear wheel drive AND a hand break. works real slick. if it had an automatic tranny it would be a bit easier but i can make do with the manual [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    I'm with you herenorthere... Back in the upstate, the snow plows were going back and forth like every 10 or so minutes, even on the most forsaken country roads (which is where I lived [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] ), but here in NYC... dude... 2 inches of snow = accident every 30 seconds... just like last winter... WOW.
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