Monday, February 25, 2019

Wrestling with the Garage Door Opener

The brutal winter continues up here in Minnesota completely unabated.  It has been Biblical in terms of its wrath.  We've put up the snowiest February in history and suffered horrible cold that has been the admiration of places like Siberia.  The simple act of going outside is painful, and common acts like walking the dog and taking a nice stroll haven't been done for over two months now.

With all of the snow, drifting has become a significant issue.  There is snow everywhere, and when it blows, it creates significant challenges.  Take my garage door for example.  A northwest wind can blow loose snow under the small gap under my door, when then, in turn, melts due to my heated garage.  The water then runs back toward the door, where it freezes.  That results in an ice dam that prevents the door from closing due to the automated safety feature thinking the ice is a little kid or a dog or something.

Hence, every time I leave, I back out my vehicle and hit my garage door button, only to see it close and rise again due to the ice.  That's when I start cussing like Ralphie's dad battling the furnace, grab my ice pick and shovel, and go to work.  Pick pick pick, shovel shovel shovel, try the door, cuss cuss cuss, pick pick pick...

This morning, I wanted to get to the club for a run.  Instead, I worked on closing my garage door for 20 minutes.  In -20 temps, and -40 windchill.  I finally did get it closed, but after so much time, I really wanted a warm cup of coffee instead of a treadmill, so I punted on working out and stayed home.

Good thing all that picking and shovelling is good cardio.

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