An Ice Day At The Mall


Five seconds before this photo was taken outside the mall yesterday, it was the scene of great hilarity.

For me.

Not for the fellow who performed an involuntary flying leap, worthy of a Loony Toons bit, a mere ten feet away.

I had already pulled out my camera, planning to take a photo of the trail my shopping cart had carved into the crusty ice when a young man rushing from his car to the mall entrance swiftly entered my field of vision. Probably not the smartest move during an ice storm, for soon he had totally lost control of both his body and his dignity.

Suffice to say, it was akin to watching an R-rated Goofy spill, arms and legs akimbo, slip sliding away, twisting and turning, trying in vain to regain his balance or at the very least, his composure before landing smack dab on his butt.

All the while yelling at full volume:

*uck. *uck! *UCK!! *UCK!!!!!

I successfully refrained from laughing out loud.

And from the temptation to photograph him whist in full flight.

Because if it weren't for that shopping cart which I was holding onto for dear life, that would have been ME somersaulting through the parking lot too.

23 People would rather be commenting:

Amy said...

We don't have ice very often, but when we do, I stay put. I HATE walking on ice.

Vegas Princess said...

Aw man, I wish you could have gotten a picture of that. :)

Sweet Irene said...

You people in Canada live dangerous lives!

drew dunn said...

love the blog mureen its legendery.
now personally if i had seen the guy i would have howled in laughter.
i certainly wouldnt have been so polite and respectful as you.

drew

drewdunnrespect.blogspot.com

Angie said...

I want the f-bomb guy picture, too. Ice is brutal, man. My sister was just out of power for two days due to a major ice storm in the mid-west last week.
KEEP BELIEVING

Momo Fali said...

I'm not sure why I find people falling to be so damn hilarious, but I do. Must be my sick and twisted side...

Phoenix5 said...

Now, if you had thought to VIDEO the guy... assuming, that is, that your camera is a digital one... you COULD have sent it to America's Funniest Videos and had a chance at at least $10,000! Of course, hindsight is always 20/20.

I stayed pretty much put for the morning yesterday, and didn't venture out until that thin sheet of ice had mostly melted.

VE said...

I feel for him. I slipped on some ice four weeks ago, hit a small bench and broke three ribs. Slipping on ice is how Dr. Atkins died too...

Kathy said...

To VE, sorry on the rib-cracking! A co-worker fell last week on ice while walking his dog and hit his head. Yes, I think Atkins died that way. I don't know why I find falls hilarious. Of course, whether I laugh or call 911 depends on whether the faller actually gets up after. There's a fine line between gut-busting funny and deadly, eh?

LunaNik said...

How could you not have laughed????

I would have lost it.

toners said...

LOLOL!! Love it!! Your writing style is soooo funny :)

April said...

I'm with Lunanik - I totally would've laughed!

Blog Hoppin',
Balancing Hops

amanda said...

omg...I always bust my ass when I walk on ice. It never fails. :)

Zoe's Dad said...

I think I would have laughed. I'd check to see if he was ok, but definitely, I'd laugh.

Aimeslee said...

Yup, kinda glad I have milder weather down here.

3XMom said...

oh my gosh, I was lol just reading it. I'd have been hysterical if I had seen it!

Worker Mommy said...

You are a better woman then I because I probably would have laughed out loud!

darla said...

Awww, you should have snapped a pic! That sounds like something I would have done though... slipping and falling, I mean.

Canadian flake said...

I think I would have been peeing my pants laughing at the butthead...anyone that isn't careful deserves a bit of a giggle..lmao.

suchsimplepleasures said...

we have been having some major ice problems, here in michigan! schools that aren't out on break...they've been closed for 2 days...2 freaking days!!
well...my driveway...no cart...me in crocs...can you picture it...and, i wasn't saying uck...mine had the f in front!! lucky for me, i've packed on some weight...all in the tushie!!

jp said...

Love it! Wonder if he reads your blog? ;-)

A long time ago, I slipped on the ice and my DH reached out and LITERALLY caught me by my nose. I swear to you, the fall would have been better. He practically ripped it off. :-)

andi said...

That's hilarious! This weekend I was super close to falling on my butt while skating down the rink formerly known as my front walk.

Maureen said...

Amy: Yeah, I MUCH prefer snow, at least you still have traction…

Vegas Princess: Well, I thought I’d better not embarrass him even more than he already was.

Sweet Irene: We do! And we take some sick kind of pride in it too…

Drew Dunn: Aw, thanks and welcome!

Angie: Yeah, it sounds like a lot of people have the same weather… cold then warm, freeze and refreeze.

Momo Fali: Prat falls have always been the staple of good comedy.

Phoenix5: Yes my camera DOES do video too; but it happened too fast to even consider that… which confirms my guess that most of those AFV’s are staged.

VE: I remember that… ouch. Hope you’re feeling better… um that’s for you. Obviously it’s too late for the poor doctor…

Kathy: You’re right. It’s only funny until someone gets hurt…

Lunanik: I kept the guffaws inside…

Toners: Aw, thanks.

April: Welcome!

Amanda: Be on the watchout for people with cameras, then. And video cameras especially. If they do record you in a dive, make sure you get a cut of that $ 10,000 AFV prize.

Zoe’s Dad: I would expect nothing less of a nurse ;)

Aimeslee: Yeah, milder weather up here just means more ice!

3xmom: :D Thanks.

WorkerMommy: Well, not MUCH better, as he became the “butt” of many a joke for my blog!!!

Darla: Yeah, me too…

Canadian Flake: This is true; I’ll bet he was MUCH slower coming OUT of the mall that day!

SuchSimplePleasures: I was in Michigan in December! They closed down all the schools for an inch of snow!!! It was so cute…

JP: I HOPE he doesn’t read my blog!! And OUCH for your nose… why the heck was he going for your face??? I too would have preferred the fall.

Andi: “the rink formerly known as my front walk”… LOVE it!!! :)

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