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Joel’s Journal - Entry #104 - 2/12/2017
Just kidding, but she definitely laid eyes on my entry from a couple days ago.
I wrote about my worst drive ever, and it would seem that the old lady at the weather switch felt it was time for Joel to relive that terrible drive.
And I’m not even talking about Friday’s drive where I ventured from Oshawa to Kitchener in the middle of a snowstorm. This time, I was coming back from M’s place, and I didn’t make it any further than halfway up the driveway before things took a turn for the worse.
Let’s rewind a bit first though, I’ll get to that.
All in all, this weekend was a great one. I spent some free time back in Kitchener with my family, and after editing for most of the morning on Saturday, my mom and I took Jude for a walk through the forest before I headed over to my friend Mike’s place for some beers. “Some beers” eventually turned into a midnight tobogganing adventure, but I wrote (and shot) all about that yesterday.
So today, after waking up at Mike’s place and drinking a cup of coffee, I cleaned the snow off my car and head back home. I spent the morning editing yesterday’s vlog and battling with my parent’s antique internet to get the video to finally upload to Youtube.
When it was finished, there was no time to celebrate, I packed up once again, said goodbye to everyone and was back on the road.
I was slightly delayed, but I made it to the Generals game eventually and got a couple good shots and interviews for this week’s paper.
Now, after the game I went to M’s place, as we hadn’t seen each other all weekend, and the snow was already starting to blow.
I honestly couldn’t tell if it was coming from the sky or the ground. The road was slick with smeared snow and ice. At random, thin veils of snow would rise from the shoulders, like a giant sheet of tissue paper before flopping forward and disappearing. Others would rise in a spiral and whip across the road, along with a gust of wind that tried to take my car with it. When I did finally make it, M’s smiling face was a welcome sight. I wrapped my arms around her and smelled the soft, flowery scent of her shampoo and felt her arms around my back. I missed her.
I didn’t stay long, as it was already pretty late, but we watched a bit of the Grammy’s and spent most of the time marvelling at how many of the names called and people performing we didn’t know.
Okay, let’s get back to the driveway.
The second I pushed the car into reverse and started to move, I knew there was going to be trouble. My tires (already warped) had that soft feeling like you’re driving in waist deep mud instead of a layer of snow and concrete. However, I turned around and started my way back up the winding driveway. As I’ve written, M’s family lives outside the town, and their home is set back from the road on a large property. A thin string of pavement snakes it’s way down around a patch of trees before opening up to the house. It was just on the other side of this bend that my tires became snarled.
I almost made it to the tip of the driveway, but was forced to reverse and try with some more speed. That was mistake number one. The minute I backed up, it was one step forward and twenty steps back. It came to a point that my constant reversing and revving only served to ice the ground beneath me and make any more movement impossible.
I called in the reinforcements and M, along with her dad came to help shovel/haul me out with their Jeep.
It took about a half hour before I was finally freed, but when I got back on the road, things didn’t look much better. The country roads were nothing but white. The snow created walls of blustering snowflakes that my highbeams just didn’t seem to be able to penetrate, and the large drifts of snow lay across the road in piles that were nearly as high as my tires.
Never fear though, I made it home, with some slow going and perhaps a little bit of good luck.
But for now, I’m beat and need to get some sleep for a busy day tomorrow. I plan to do some vlogging so hopefully will have that for you at some point this week, I think I’m starting to figure out how much I can offer in the video department in a given week. But, I’ve got a full day of writing in the office along with an interview and an afternoon press conference. I also think after work I’m meeting M and her family for dinner.
In the meantime, make sure you do what you love, and do it well.
Thanks for reading!