Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ain't no cure for the wintertime blues...

Actually, I lied... Allow me to explain:

Thursday was possibly the absolute worst time for the Zed Drei to start acting wonky. A big winter storm was fixing to ice us over by Friday morning, then comes the weekend, followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Proper, and the soonest my car's going to see the inside of a shop is Wednesday.

Sad face.

But wait! This is the upside of living in the city! Roseholme Cottage is within easy walking distance of stores and restaurants, and I figured I'd take an afternoon's walk, grab a late lunch at Twenty Tap, and then hit the Fresh Market for groceries.

Spicy Cuban sandwich, fries with Sriracha aioli for dipping, and a pint of Mad Anthony Winter Warmer
Getting home with the groceries was a bit of a bear. Thursday night's snow had started as rain and then slush before the temps dropped enough to deposit a layer of snow atop the ice. As a consequence, when the sun came out yesterday and the temps got up enough to start a bit of melting, the people who had not cleared their sidewalks had sheets of water-lubricated glaze ice in front of their houses.

Don't give me the hairy eyeball through the venetian blinds for walking through your yard when you couldn't be bothered to shovel your skating rink sidewalk.

Fortunately I arrived home safely with the contents of my grocery bags undamaged. (The shopping list had read: "bacon, bread, beer, beef".)

18 comments:

Fred said...

Or as I like to call them, "the essencial B vitamins."

bygoneblog said...

Sriracha aioli. Why didn't I think of that? All this time I've been calling it Sepulveda's Squid Sauce.

DanH said...

That may be the most useful shopping list ever.

Joel said...

Reminds me of why I left Michigan. This one-legged guy really grew to hate icy sidewalks.

As to the food though: This guy who's about to choke down bulk-stored oatmeal for the thirtieth consecutive morning hates you.

That is all.

Joel said...

Oh, and sorry about the Zed Drei. Hope all works out well - and not too expensive.

Gad, those are cool cars. I used to covertly drool on them in Socal.

MSgt B said...

This "snow" thing you mention sounds very interesting...

Scott J said...

You've hit probably the only redeeming quality I can think of for living in town.

Not willing to give up life in the boonies for it though.

rickn8or said...

"Don't give me the hairy eyeball through the venetian blinds for walking through your yard when you couldn't be bothered to shovel your skating rink sidewalk."

"Walking through your yard might be the thing that saves you from a slip-and-fall lawsuit." Relax homeowner; attacking ninja zombies seldom carry loaded grocery bags.

eeky said...

The four Bs are the cornerstone of every nutritious meal.

Critter said...

You said "fixing to". :)

KM said...

You needed a list for those?

I need a list for everything that isn't on your list. ;)
The snow & ice threat for Phx is pretty low today, and tomorrow, and...

Anonymous said...

What kind of Beer did you get?

RKN said...

Only in the 1st world are sidewalks expected to be shoveled. Where I live, we don't even remember we have sidewalks from November thru March, give or take a month.

Justthisguy said...

REI used to sell some some nice little instep crampons for street shoes for just that kind of situation.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tam:

Not sure if you saw this - it was the last comment on your last Z3 post, so repeating . . .

If the plug thing doesn't work in the zed drei, have a peek at your cooling system thermostat - it may be stuck open or broken. That could account for the poor idle, both cold and hot. A broken thermostat doesn't allow the engine to come up to temperature, and it will make it miss something terrible, and may even blow black smoke from impure burning of the combustibles. It will also prevent the engine from running in the upper rpm range.

BSR

Tam said...

BSR,

Temps are all normal. Doubtful it's the thermostat.

(Remind me to tell the story about the thermostat in my ex-boyfriend's car sometime...)

Anonymous said...

Sriracha aioli you say?

I thought it "mayo on the side"

;)

Ed said...

Bacon, bread, beer, beef - leading competitor to salt, fat, sugar and alcohol for the term "four basic food groups".