@mattcropp Words to live by, "Think of yourself as a penguin and you'll be alright."
@mattcropp there's two ways to handle bipedal locomotion on ice: you can make funny little penguin sounds while you waddle, or you can make one big "OWWW F#%* MY COCCYX" after you fall
(choose the former)
@mattcropp Fun fact: wearing socks over your shoes also helps.
@mattcropp I've never walked on ice, and I'd like to know if this is real or a gag to try and make people look silly.
"Think of yourself as a penguin and you will be alright"
That's some useful piece of guidance for life in generell, I think 🤔👻
... Just saw, I can't spell all right - of course, because I'm a penguin 🐧
water is a very important liquid.
It’s actually pretty terrifying to me that there are places where it becomes a solid on the regular.
We own things like this to survive.
Also fleece line jeans are amazing.
Yes! 👍 Always step with your foot perpendicular to the ground, never at an angle.
I have a couple pairs of strap on ice cleats. They're great.The yaktrax ones that look like a spring are not very good. Individual cleats like on Stableicers are much better.
@mattcropp i was in the hospital with a friend last night as his wife's wrist was being pit back together by the surgeons for just such an accident!
@Digital_pigeon Ouch! I took a spill on ice and broke my arm in my early 20s after an ill advised hiking outing with the kids at the group home I worked for right after an ice storm...
Hope they heal up quick!
@mattcropp thanks! Looked at your timeline and missing life in the mountains. Lived in the ADKs for years and did some time in the Greens too. Used to ski the abandoned slopes of Norwich University.
@Digital_pigeon I'm pretty happy with being in this corner of the world, in spite of the winter hunkering down... :)
@mattcropp went to Paul Smith's and had mornings at -40F I'm hip. It did build a special bond between neighbors in Saranac Lake. If you saw someone walking on the road in winter you stopped for them! Nothing like knowing it's warmer on Mars sometimes to keep you looking out for each other...
@mattcropp this saved my life at uni
@mattcropp life advice
@mattcropp I'm going to look good in a tux.
@mattcropp huh ... I think I do this naturally when there's ice out without thinking about it. I think I keep my weight forward because I'm always testing my next step to make sure my footing is sure.
@mattcropp This is how I walk anyway. Anytime I try to walk any other way, I fall down. Clumsy people learn faster, I guess.
Pfffffff, everyone knows the right way to do it is to get a running start and then just slide on ice like a curling stone.
For reals tho that lil pengu is adorable look at em, showin that other person how to walk <3
@mattcropp I've been ice-walking that way for an embarrassingly large number of decades, and never realized the penguin connection before. I'm so pleased to find that out, I probably won't stop grinning till tomorrow.
@mattcropp walking this way means I'm sore afterwards from using muscles that aren't usually used that much instead of sore from bruises!
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