The January Thaw that arrived on Wednesday, January 18, made its departure on Tuesday, January 24, but it didn’t slam the door on its way out, so there’s a chance that it might be coming back. The temperature pushed up to near 40, but couldn’t make the breakthrough needed to really get rid of some ice. Ground Hog’s Day is coming up next week, on Thursday, February 2, and that old ground hog never fails to give an accurate prediction of what remains of winter.
Friday the 13th is an “unlucky” day in popular lore, and sometimes, if it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all. That was the situation that rural mail carrier Daniel Pearson found himself in on Friday, January 13. Dan carries mail out of the Forman Post Office on the Forman-Havana route. For several years in the past he was the substitute and interim mail carrier on the Rutland-Cayuga route. As he was making his rounds that Friday, a lug nut broke and a wheel fell off his regular, usually reliable, mail route vehicle, a Dodge Caravan mini-van. The mail must be delivered, at least that’s still the creed of the rural mail carriers, so Dan called his wife, Trish, and asked her to bring out another vehicle. Trish came to the rescue with the second of the Pearsons’ 2 Dodge Caravan mini-vans. Dan got the mail transferred from one rig to the other, made arrangements to have the disabled vehicle towed home and started out again. All was going well until Dan turned south on the Weber Township road near the Ron Sitz farm southwest of Silver Lake. The road was still covered with ice from the Christmas Day rain, and the south facing slope was getting just enough heat from the sun to make its surface slick as glass. Dan’s vehicle slid off the icy road surface and into the road ditch where it flipped over and spun around on its top with the load of mail bouncing around inside like peas in a can. When the vehicle came to rest it was upside down and pointing in the direction from whence it had come. If there was one bit of good luck, it was that the accident occurred at a slow speed and Dan was not seriously injured, although he did emerge somewhat bruised and battered by the experience. Dan reports that he had his seatbelt fastened so he didn’t bounce around much, but he says that it is somewhat disorienting when you and your vehicle are both upside down in the road ditch. “It happened pretty quick,” he said, “I was driving down the road and the next thing I knew it was all over.” The driver’s side of the van was buried in the snow, but the passenger side was clear, and Dan was surprised to find that the power windows still worked, too. He managed to get out of his seatbelt, crawl out of the van through the front passenger side window and call for assistance on his cell phone. This time, though, Dan didn’t go back to delivering mail until Tuesday, January 17. Dan states that he considers Friday the 13th to be his lucky day, because he didn’t get hurt, even though he went through 2 vehicles in one day. Dan is a “glass half full” kind of guy, and his many friends here are pleased that he was not injured and is back on the job. The Dodge mini-van was not so fortunate, though, as it was “totaled” by the experience. Read More