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Man I had a dreadful flight...

Accidents will happen...

Welcome to my second installment of Snippet Wednesday for the new year!

Second?
Yes, it should be number three, all things considered, but I just wasn't happy with several posts I had created over the last week and never bothered to publish them. That ever happen to you? If it does, do you publish anyway, delete them, or let them sit unpublished in your blogware?

Accident
On the way home from work yesterday, I was driving along a pretty major four-lane road when I hit a patch of ice. I was in the far right lane, skidded into the left lane and may have even nosed into what would've been oncoming traffic, wobbled back into the right lane, and jumped the curb up onto the grass. Thankfully I regained enough control on the grass that I could stop myself just a few feet shy of a utility pole. Because of how I hit the curb sideways, I got out and checked to make sure my tires were still attached and my axles were in one piece. They were. Good Beast.

That whole life-flashing-before-your-eyes thing? Never happened. Is this because my brain realized I still had a fighting chance and couldn't be bothered? Not that I wanted to die, but I'm kinda curious what my brain would've come up with for that final montage.

Salt
Roadsalt The fact that this happened highlights a growing problem over the last couple of years. Winters seemingly have been getting harsher (hell, a couple weekends ago, 49 of the 50 states received snow... Hawaii got snow!) and the price of road salt, as a result, has gone way up. Of course all this happens as municipalities, counties, and states are suffering rather enormous budget crunches. So now public works departments are, by no fault of their own, forced to be stingier about salt use because they cannot buy as much and must instead wait for what they deem to be "major" snow events before using it.

Believe you me, I understand cutbacks very well. I just wish there was some other way to do this. Some way that doesn't involve me or someone else dying because that layer of black ice doesn't constitute a "major" snow event.

Baby
Katie and I need to offer up congratulations to our friends K&G on the birth of their second baby. The world is lucky she delivered yesterday. Why? Well, her husband is the biggest Bears freak I've ever met (the kind that yells so loud and gets so into it that you fear for the safety of all nearby television sets) and her original delivery date was supposed to be this Sunday... during the Bears/Packers NFC Championship Game... a playoff matchup that hasn't happened in 70 years... a game analysts think may wind up being bigger than the Super Bowl itself. You see where I'm going with this?

Well, she had her baby. The natural world order has been restored.

Phew!

Congrats.

Cat
It was announced today that the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises will be played by Anne Hathaway.

From what I've heard, there has been a lot of grumbling from fanboys about this casting. I gotta say that I really like it. I enjoy Anne Hathaway as an actress and I really dig on the idea of her going way against type in an action hero environment.

And, in all honesty, the casting crew has done nothing short of amaze me with the casting they've done with the revisited Batman series of films. When I heard Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, I was wholeheartedly against it. Look how that turned out... a career-defining role.

I'm not going to doubt them.

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