Leading Off (12/16/08)

1. … Trying to be … very careful here. You should, too. The roads are very slick out this morning, as light freezing drizzzzzzzlzle whooooaoaooaaoaooa. —…. Sorry. Watch out for patches of black ice on the road on your way in. Most large school districts are open today. As is the Duvalls School of Cosmetology. Not kidding.

2. The Texas Youth Commission is still saying the state’s youth prison agency can be fixed, two years after scandaaaaal oh swweeeeetwhoooooaaaaoverpassoverpassoverpasssliding

3. —alllllovvertheWEBohturnAGAINSTtheslidetapthebreakswhereamI…..OHNONOTthekids  ––234234pio … … Whoa. There. Found my way back. Sorry. Um, lessee, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition presented a new crib to a Tarrant County family.

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22 responses to “Leading Off (12/16/08)”

  1. JS says:

    I think you want to turn INTO the slide. Also, depending on what is sliding, you may not want to press the brake. If the rear is sliding, let off the accelerator and do not press the brakes (you want weight on the rear wheels to help stop them from sliding); when the front is sliding, gently use your brakes so as to transfer weight to the front of the car, and make sure not to oversteer! Good luck, and slow down.

  2. Brian Barnaud says:

    they need to have a law against texting and emailing on the phone while driving…and smoking too. and driving nikked in the winter. and selling senate seats! and other stuff.

  3. Dad says:

    Remember folks, for absolute fun, the handbrake is your friend (especially for those of you with front wheel drive – it’s an integral part of the steering mechanism).

    Go forth, drive like hell, have fun!

  4. Michael in LH says:

    Why does it have to be “black ice”? Why not white ice?

  5. Bethany says:

    What’s a handbrake?

  6. Dad says:

    The handbrake is that lever between the seats. Or, in some cases, you can open your door and grab some pavement, which sometimes works.

    Folks with foot emergency brakes have a harder time, but it can be done.

    Forget it on SAAB – the h’brake controls the front wheels.

    Spin for fun and profit!

  7. Dad says:

    Michael – on a white road, it is white ice

  8. DM says:

    Is Eric texting with mittens ?

  9. Bethany says:

    Ohhhh…the emergency brake.

    I grew up in Arkansas. In high school, the coach teaching my driver’s ed class voluntarily took us to a parking lot covered in ice one afternoon, and intentionally threw us into skids, so we could practice steering out of them.

  10. Puddin'Tane says:

    Dad has been listening to too much Frick and Frack.

    Michael: why not a White Hole instead of a Black Hole?

  11. Daniel says:

    In college, whene’er there was ice, I would volutarily drive to a parking lot covered in ice and intentionally throw myself and my passengers into numerous spectacular skids, so we could giggle like the Dickens.

  12. Bethany says:

    Coach had a rule: He’d wedge a coffee cup – 1/2 full – between the windshield and the dash. If it spilled, he got to change the radio station to something godawful.

  13. DTD says:

    the first FB post to ever make me laugh out loud.

  14. John Wiley P says:

    Why do we have to call it black ice?

  15. Puddin'Tane says:

    John Wiley: do we really need to ‘splain why it’s called black ice???

    Dear Gawd!

  16. Brian Barnaud says:

    In the dark of night, on a city or county road, that is not lit, for some reason, the clear nature of ice may take on the color of the roadway underneath. or a may be wrong.
    more important, ice is water, it keeps us alive and kills us too.

  17. Bethany says:

    can we have pink ice? How ’bout pink ice?

  18. CDD says:

    I’m so glad I drove all the way up to Plano for our 10am late opening only to get an email within an hour of being here that we’re closing the office at 2 due to the weather. AWESOME. Because I just really wanted to tool around on the icy roadways for funsies today, so that’s crossed off my list.

  19. Puddin'Tane says:

    “Color of the roadway underneath”, aka, black top.

  20. Peterk says:

    this is one ugleeeee first post of the a.m

  21. S.E. says:

    My husband picked a great day for shoulder surgery. The only justice in the situation – no spins in slick parking lots for him! I remember traffic stopping at Frankford & the Tollway as he did several well choreographed spins in the parking lot after an ice storm.