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Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Frost Leaves Me Cold

Frost in Athens OH 10-25-2013When I walked out of my room at the motel where I’m staying in Athens, Ohio, I had an unpleasant surprise: my car was encased in a solid sheet of ice.

What is on the back of my van?

I spotted the housekeeper who throws me new towels every morning coming across the parking lot. She’s a friendly sort.

Leading her around to the back of my van, I asked, “What do you see on the back of the car?”

She looked at the car, then at me, and shot me a confused look.

This is against the law

Frost in Athens OH 10-25-2013“That’s a Florida license tag on this vehicle,” I clarified. “Don’t you folks in Ohio know that it’s against the law for a Florida vehicle to be covered in ice?”

She laughed, but it was a nervous kind of laugh.

I wonder if I’ll have new housekeeper in the morning?

Since I didn’t have Friend Jan along to scrape the ice off the windows, I just let the engine run for about 10 minutes, then scraped the ice off the mirrors with a credit card.


4 comments to Frost Leaves Me Cold

  • Shari Stiver

    Where are your minions when you need them?

  • Margi Whitright

    I had this problem once in Nashville on a rental car. No one had ice scrapers so I used a kitchen spatula. We never thought about a credit card. Of course, I was on my way to the airport to return the car and fly back to Florida, very early in the morning. As soon as we moved to North Georgia we bought ice scrapers and keep them in the trunk with the car always parked in the garage. We’ve never used them . . . yet.

  • Keith Robinson

    Note to all; be very, very careful about using metal objects to scrape frost or ice off of automotive glass. In fact, I advise you not to even consider doing so as you may irreparably scratch the glass. It can be a very expensive mistake.

  • Brune Brad

    You poor Floridians sure have a tough life with such terrible problems. What’s your next blog about Ken – stepping in frosty Northern Dog Poop?? You can use your credit card on that too.
    Even on Brune Time we know it gets cold in late October!

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