Friday, January 27, 2012

the most satisfying thing about winter driving

Last night at the Bumble Book Club we discussed Helen Schulman's This Beautiful Life which was brilliant. It's a fast read--about 250 pages--and just excellent. It's about how a family frays and falls to pieces--the inciting incident is when the 15-year-old son receives a pornographic email and sends to to a friend--the email goes viral and everything goes to hell. All the characters are flawed (a tricky thing to pull off as a writer) and we had a great discussion.

Conversation rolled around to other things--technology, politics, other books, blog posts, food, kids, dogs, winter driving.

Which brings me to Pearl's post yesterday.

You know how sometimes people write about things that everyone does, but no one ever talks about? Pearl does that--rather often, really. But yesterday she struck a nerve.

Go read her post.

Back to me.

(You totally had the Old Spice dude's voice in your head, didn't you?)

Anyway, I LOVE kicking the snowpack out of the wheel wells in the Momvan. But I only do it in parking lots, never in my own garage or driveway where I'd have to shovel it away. It is the most satisfying thing to kick that packed snow free and watch it fall in a THUD to the ground. The more snow, the better. Packed in tight and need to give it a few knocks? All the more fun.

I learned that one of my Bumble pals likes to do this so much, she'll even do it to other people's cars/trucks/vans.

It's the little things, people.

Spill it, reader. Are you a wheel-well-snowpack-kicker?

25 comments:

  1. LOL! So funny. We don't get enough snow for me to consider whether I am or not. But kicking snow has gotta be kind of fun.

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  2. Absolutely! If I don't do it, I hear a grinding noise the entire time. Probably because we have such a tiny car.

    Happy weekend!

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  3. I didn't even know that snow accumulated in the wheel wells because most Texans rarely drive in snow.

    Pearl's post made me giggle. Skater Girl loves the word trousers. She enjoys referencing it in a British accent along with trainers and comments about the loo.

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  4. It's not something that I've ever had to deal with but it sounds like something I would do.

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  5. The last time I went to kick the ice from the wheel well I almost broke my toe!

    I learned an important lesson: don't try to kick the snow out when it's 2 degrees and the stuff is frozen harder than steel.

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  6. oh yes. car turds, they're called.

    i like the schulman book ok but not quite as much as you did. i think i'm sick of novels about rich privileged people in new york.

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  7. I do it in Colorado. I tell my kids not to, but that's because I want to do it myself when they aren't around. Is that wrong?

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  8. I have seen people on telly kick the snow out of their wheel wells on telly but never in person but then it doesn't snow here............lol

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  9. Ohhhhh, yes! It's so very satisfying!

    Never thought about this before - how does all that salt affect the local ecosystem?

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  10. Umm. No. Yesterday morning, I was out in the back yard, barefoot in shorts, reclining in a chaise-lounge. In the shade. (Sorry -- it's gloating season. We have to get our licks in when we can!)

    I do remember doing it Up North. If you kick it wrong, it falls apart and pours down into your boots.

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  11. I'm from Buffalo, the snow-kicker's paradise. Of COURSE I love to kick the snow.

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  12. Another snow kicker here!! I've learned to kick with my heel instead of my toes, it may be more awkward but it saves on the toes.

    I also like to crunch the little layer of ice that forms along the edges of sidewalks.

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  13. I only kick it off if its a big chunk right on the driver's side. I won't walk all the way around my car to kick them all off.

    A gas station in the town I grew up in had signs that said not to kick them off there.

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  14. We don't get enough snow for that.

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  15. I love this! I'm a kicker. On many levels.

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  16. I've never even heard of snowpacks, much less kicking them.

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  17. I used to be a snow-kicker. That's all in the past, baby.

    PS: Just spent a few days reading The Eve Tree and was delighted to find your name in there at the end! Had you told us you were involved in editing her book? Loved it. I wish she would write more about the characters.

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  18. Oh, Green Girl, aren't you sweet?!

    Thanks for the shout.

    The book you describe, by the way, reminds me a bit of Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys. Will have to look into it...

    Pearl

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  19. Oh yea, I like to kick snow too if it's not frozen too hard. Drives me nuts when I can feel it rubbing the tire when I turn the wheel.

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  20. Wow. I love Pearl's post. Great writer!

    As for wheel-well snow pack kicking, we don't have snow here. :)

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  21. I'm a big Pearl fan. She's terrific :-)

    But... In all my years of winter snow, I don't think it even dawned on me to kick the snow off the wheels and now I'm feeling a bit deprived! Why didn't I think of that myself. Hmmm. It might be time for another trip back home to Ohio to get the job done right :-)

    Happy kicking, xo jj

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  22. I will also do other people's cars if I think no one is looking.

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  23. Ok, so maybe I'm on an ice cream cake high..but The Joker kept coming to mind as I read her post: Some people call me a snow kicker.....yeah....some call me the gangster of sludge..

    alright, I'm done now..off to fade into a sugar coma!

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  24. I am a FERVENT wheel well kicker. GAWD, when that huge clump of snow falls out, it's so satisfying. It ranks up there some of the best nights of my life, in fact.

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Spill it, reader.