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January 23rd, 2005

brrr

Having escaped the worst of the blizzard, we headed out to the newly-purchased farmhouse of some friends of ours for a lazy brunch this morning. Before we left they took us on a "stomping" tour of the property, which is several acres of barn, horse paddock (3 horses and a burro), a machine shed, and a drainage brook.

The brook certainly LOOKED solidly frozen—the ice on top was wind-scalloped and bright white—but they would not let their oldest kid walk on it. Thinking, aw, it's probably fine, I gingerly stepped out on it. Sure seemed solid, and I took increasingly bold steps, until suddenly CRASH went my right boot through what turned out to be only a quarter-inch-thick crust over about a foot of nasty, muddy, REALLY cold water.

Now I know how incredibly shocking and dangerous it is to actually fall through ice into a lake. I felt an actual SHOCK from the cold water, and after I pulled it out and began walking back to the house, a dull pain set in which kept growing in intensity. Back in their driveway, I finally pulled off my boot and sock and was surprised to find that my bare foot felt a lot warmer. The sun had warmed the cement. After that, limping to the car, even the snow did not feel as cold as that icy water.

My foot warmed back up nicely in the car on the way home thanks to the heater vent blowing on it, so no real harm done except now I have to figure out how to dry out one very icy-wet and muddy boot.

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