The Day that I Needed an Ice Scraper in Florida
Thursday, January 22, 2009
So the strangest thing happened to me, and I just had to share. As I walked out to my car this morning, I noticed that my windows and windshield were completely covered in ICE. Yes, you read that correctly, my car was frozen into a 2-ton Popsicle over night. In all of my ___ years, I have yet to experience this, so I was not sure what I should do. Since I live in Florida, where the temperature averages around 75 degrees YEAR-ROUND, I do not own nor have the need to own an ice scraper. But I definitely could have used one this morning.
Not knowing exactly how to go about unfreezing my car in a timely fashion so not to be late to work, I decided to use my windshield wipers. Seems logical, right? Well I ended up using almost all of the soapy fluid that squirts out to help melt the ice, and even that didn't help very much.
Almost instantaneously, the liquid from the squirter-thingy formed ice crystals (which was actually really cool to watch). All this time, I am attempting to drive, while peering through a tiny hole in the sheet of ice. My defrost was on high this whole time and I could tell that I was beginning to make some progress. After about 10 minutes of defrost and wasting wiper fluid, the ice was finally melting and I could see where I was going!
So the moral of the story is that no matter where you live, you should always keep an ice scraper in your car. Ok, that’s not the moral of the story, but it’s a great piece of advice. The moral of the story really is that if you live in an area that constantly has to deal with this kind of weather, there’s a place (probably south of you) where you can escape that for a little while – TAMPA BAY!!! With WAY more sunny days than non-sunny days, we rarely, I repeat… VERY RARELY, have to deal with ice, snow, sleet, frost and anything else that is cold and miserable.
So, if you belong to an organization that is planning their meeting for this coming year, or in the future, make sure you keep warm, sunny Tampa Bay at the top of that list. And, just let us know that you are interested, and we’ll do the work for you… we're good at that sort of thing around here.
Thanks for dealing with the fact that even though you came to read about meetings, all you got was a story about a silly girl who does not know how to deal with ice on her windshield. But remember the good advice I gave and come visit the warm weather we enjoy all year (well, almost all year).
Have a nice, warm day! :)