Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Preparation.....or maybe not
Most of us have the forethought to prepare for the season or activity that is staring us in the face. I've mentioned before how my short attention span embraces the change of season and how much I enjoy the getting ready part. Whether its testing my drysuit in March, base waxing my skis in November, or sighting in my rifle in October, those preparation steps are crucial both for avoiding surprises and safely enjoying the sport or activity. A leak in the drysuit crotch, skis that feel like they have an 80 grit sandpaper base or a rifle that's not 'on the paper' can ruin an outing or worse. Ask the GurneyGranny, who dutifully sighted in her .257 Roberts before deer season and found it off by at least a foot at 50 yards. Had she not done her homework, a certain 8pt buck would be residing in the woods rather than residing on a plate, medium rare, with a nice brown sauce reduction. No matter which activity it is, I always seem to find stuff that either doesn't work, fit, or needs some sort of tweak. Careful people also run through a sort of mental progression when returning to an activity that they have not participated in for several months. Whether its 'big toe, little toe' on the telemark turns, 'three appendages on the tree' when entering or exiting the tree stand, or 'rotate that torso' when jumping into the sea kayak again in March, most folks mentally refresh their mental and muscle memory after a layoff from said activity. This does not seem to be the case with driving in the snow.
Let's see if we can prepare for winter and winter driving like most of us prepare for our seasonal activites. Thoughtful physical preparation and the equally important mental preparation will get us into the winter driving season a leg up on our fellow motorists. As far as those fellow motorists, give them a wide, wide berth and be content in the knowledge that they are supporting and perhaps even creating jobs in the towing and body shop repair industries. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and keep it between those painted lines.