Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A trip to the mailbox during the winter


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  1. OMG, I held my breath all the way. And that was only the edited video version. Totaly understand what Smooch was talking about there. You really live 7msn!

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    1. Michelle from Vancouver1/12/16, 7:32 AM

      I thought I was the only one holding my breath ! lol

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  2. Wow. My 700 foot driveway doesn't seem so long now.

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  3. Easy to see why you don't do that every day! Growing up near Rochester NY, I learned to drive in that stuff -- only ours lasted about 5 months, ick. No cattle guards, though -- your car takes them so easily; they're a pain in the neck in my little buggy. Smooch seemed to enjoy the whole ride with Mom!

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  4. OMG. Love your video. I won't complain about walking to the end of the driveway in subzero temps to get my mail from now on. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for the roadtrip! Can't wait to do it again! Now, let's see the boots.

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  6. I was surprised to see the multiple mailboxes. Expected a single rural one like we have here. We are maybe 500 feet outside city limits on a busy road. Glad it wasn't too muddy. Smooch is such a good mail dog. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I have a long driveway, but no where near that! My biggest worry when I come home from a trip (I travel for a living), is how much snow has drifted over the end of the driveway. Four times last winter I came home to so much I couldn't get in. By the fourth time, I was so frustrated I drove down to my nearest neighbor (1 mile away) and sat down with her and had a glass of wine. I left my car with her, she drove me home and I walked down the driveway into my house, carrying my suitcase over my head.

    How much total time did it take?

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    1. Two hours. I'm picturing you walking with that suitcase over your head...

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    2. Oops...my math was off. It was only an hour and a half.

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  8. I can see why you left so early. Frozen roads are so much better than the mud other trucks experienced that made the ruts you drove over. That truly was fascinating. Thanks for sharing it as a video so we could experience the full (although edited) impact.

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  9. Seriously held my breath and an imaginary steering wheel all the way...and then my video paused to reload right before you were going through a big muddy patch and I almost bit my tongue waiting for you to get through!! Good job going for the mail with Smooch riding shotgun. Now: a big Hurray for email! Love your commentary and new words - ruttages! And I agree totally with those hushed words mumbled when safely back at the ranch: "frickin' miracle". :)

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    1. I'm very impressed that you can decipher my mumblings.

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  10. Man exhausted just watching! I feel lazy just walking 30 feet out to my mail box. Glad you got your packages and unfortunately el nino is supposed to stay through March. Betsy

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  11. It was a nice video of you driving to Toledo to retrieve your mail! Good gravy was I dizzy. Ruttages! FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY! You kill me with laughter. I retrieve my mail once a week because it is half a football field away. Maybe I shouldn't be so lazy.

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  12. I was so very nervous for you. How brave you are!!! A few questions: Can you get cell service on that road should you get in trouble? Do you carry a blanket or 2 for emergencies (which I hope you never have need of!) Do they come through when winter's over and regrade the road? So happy you and Miss Smooch made it home safely. Stay warm!

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    1. I have cell service from home until the second cattleguard sometimes. I've been told if I climb a tree or stand on the top of the truck, I might get a better signal. I do have a blanket in the back seat but could always walk home. And the county does grade the road a few times a year and also when they get enough calls from people in the area. I expect they'll be getting alot of calls this week.

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  13. Holy sh-t! What a mess...I too held my breath at certain areas, the huge puddles and going downhill! I still can't look at your garage without seeing all my worldly possessions in there...
    So glad you got your boxes! It's a priority and so worth it :-)

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  14. Northern AB gal1/12/16, 9:53 PM

    Holy sheeps**t that's not a road that's a wide cow path! Are you sure it's only 7 miles to nowhere, it seemed a lot farther than that, or is that measured as the crow flies? :)

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  15. It's 7 miles as the crow flies, 11.4 as the truck rides.

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  16. I, too, held my breath during the video! How far is it from your mailbox to town?

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    1. It's 28 miles from the mailbox to the town where I do most of my errands; it's 21 miles in the other direction to ittybittyville, where my post office is.

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  17. An American in Tokyo1/14/16, 7:08 PM

    Omigosh!!! I really hope you don't ever get stuck on the road, ever!!!

    Wouldn't it be more helpful if the post office were in the same direction as the town?!

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  18. Holy shit ... does somebody run a blade over that road in the spring or summer? .... that's deadly ...

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  19. ah..yes...I read through the comments and replies ... and do see now that the road gets graded occasionally...but, sheeeesh... maybe some more hard packed gravel or something would help>? wow.....

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  20. Did you get box number four yet?

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