Chilly Morning

The first winter I lived in Minnesota was a rude awakening, mostly due to the weather, but new terminology as well. One particularly cold morning I wandered into work and overheard a conversation between co-workers.

#1 – Can you believe my grandpa woke me up at 5am to tell me to watch out for black guys?

#2 – Black guys scares the crap out of me.

Not knowing either of the women in the conversation I was aghast. I timidly asked, “Why would black guys be something to worry about?”

#1 – It got really cold last night.

Me – Well, wouldn’t they stay home like anyone else with sense?

At this point both women just stared at me. Finally woman #2 said very slowly “Black ice, Heather, black ice.”

Me – Oh!


#1 Angela on 01.14.09 at 11:31 am

OMG… that is so funny, I so needed that laugh today as it is -11 here with a -36 wind chill… I ran into a lot of black “guys” today driving Gabe to school. I can not stop laughing:) Thanks!

#2 Kendra on 01.15.09 at 10:07 am

K…I’m totally rolling over here. Sounds like something I would do. How you doing with the cold now? BRRRR and its going to get even colder. I think I may give our heat pump a break and lug out the kero heater.

#3 Kathy T. on 01.16.09 at 3:05 pm

Girl that is hilarious! I’ll be walking around all day saying Black Ice to see if my daughters mishear and wonder what the heck I’m talking about.

#4 Malia on 01.16.09 at 3:43 pm

Too funny! thanks for the laugh 😀

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