Peepin' and a'hidin'!
We got some serious snow last night, weird fat heavy spring snow that came down after a little rain and a little sleet. This would be no big deal if we hadn't been in Golden to see V for Vendetta, which by the way I liked the heck out of. I didn't see it as left-wing propaganda at all...ever since I read Heinlein back in junior high school ("If This Goes On," f'er instance!) I figured the ultimate threats to liberty come equally from the right and the left. Plus, I really liked Stephen Rea as Finch the doubting cop, who made what I (duh!) thought was one of the most profound comments of the movie.
As the people of London began pouring into the streets in support of the "terrorist" V, Finch's partner asked Finch what he thought was going to happen when the crowds met the heavily armed forces of the fascist Brit government.
"What usually happens when people without guns meet people with guns," Finch replied.
Ah, that pesky Second Amendment!
Anyway, it was sunny when we started home after dinner. Once we hit Coal Creek Canyon and started the home the back way, it went from snowy to scary in nothing flat. The rain and light sleet essentially laid a layer of glass ball bearings on the road, quickly covered by wet, slippery snow. We were in my Sweetie's Mini with serious snow tires (Dunlop winter rally ice racing tires from Europe), which is pretty sure-footed, but she lost it once on a downhill. My Sweetie caught it quickly — both of us went through ice-driving school up in Montreal for a magazine article a few years back. She drove awile longer and passed it to me.
I have never driven on anything so slick, including the frozen Montreal River and coming home from various ski resorts in screaming whiteouts. The short story is that we got home, but it was a hellish couple of hours for a half-hour trip. As usualy, the way was lined with rear wheel drive cars that couldn't move at all and SUVs in the ditches — ice is the fundamental limitation of 4-wheel drive and California driving skills!
My goal today is not to leave the house. We've got a couple of days of snow left...maybe as much of two feet when it stops!