Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ice Tortoise

Along the river, nearby Westbrook held their first Winter West Festival over the weekend. Early Sunday, I stopped by to see how the snow sculpting of Saturday had made out. My expertise growing up centered around building forts and igloos and not attempting anything as elaborate as this reptile. One of our favorite places to construct our snow forts was the Canal Bank parking lot, after the plows had piled the snow high. Soon, with shovels in hand, we guys attacked the mountain of snow and ice, creating elaborate passageways and creative entrances and exits greatly suited for snowball attacks from others in the neighborhood. It was great fun in winter in Maine.

*By the way, this ice tortoise looks to have suffered some sort of dental fatigue over the weekend. Me, I had a strange Friday afternoon, suffering a freak accident. I strained or sprained my left wrist lifting weights at the gym with my personal trainer. Believe it? No? Well, would you believed I was attempting to unscrew a thermos bottle top? Never felt a thing until 2 AM Saturday, when I awoke in agony with the feeling that my wrist had been run over by an 18 wheeler. It's not a lot better right now. Typing this has been no easy task. A little sympathy might be in order. Ha!   

23 comments:

  1. I send you all my sympathy from France, hoping you'll be better soon!
    I like turtles!

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  2. I think that you should have just stayed with the story about the personal trainer. . .

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  3. Fantastic sculpture & story! You take care of that wrist. Maybe you could rest it on some snow sculptures for healing!

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  4. I think it's time to rest!Please, take good care of you!
    Ahhh I love the ice turtle, very creative sculpture!
    Léia

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  5. Cool sculpture, poor wrist. Here's a bucket of sympathy . . .

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  6. That is one 'cool' tortoise! Hope your bum wrist doesn't lead to filing for workman's comp with Port City Daily Photo.

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  7. poor you! :) laughed at the 'personal trainer' cover.

    great ice sculpture! hope there were more you took pics of!

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  8. awwwww, poor birdman. take two sunflower seeds and call us in the morning.

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  9. You mean the stuff in the thermos did not mitigate the pain of your strain?

    So sad!

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  10. Isn't it funny how we can injure ourselves on such simple tasks? If I go to the chiropractor with something out of place he always says "what did you do" and I have to say "I have no idea". Hope it gets better soon!

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  11. Maybe a jar of calcium tabs will alleviate future owies like this.

    Jo

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  12. You had me going with the gym and personal trainer---NOT!!! Wat happened to you does happen a lot. Those darn lids.
    I bet you did have fun as a kid--playing forts, etc.
    Snow sculptures are great. Out here it is more like sand sculptures in the summertime. MB

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  13. You don't really have a personal trainer?! You have just burst the whole bubble for me.

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  14. Those thermos bottles should come with warning labels.

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  15. Oh poor Birdman! Is it any better today?

    Guess what! Snow just started falling in the higher parts of Jerusalem! We hope it will stick.
    The whole country is having a week of rain of biblical proportions and everything is flooding.

    Take care.

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    1. Oh I had to smile in the BIG J-... of Biblical proportions!

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  16. This was sponsored by the restaurant called "frog and turtle", which was why the reptile theme.

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  17. You don't realize just how awkward it can be until you do something like this, hope your wrist is much better by now Birdman..

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  18. P.s. how weird that you're building ice sculptures and I'm building sandcastles haha !

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