Monday, February 1, 2010


The following was sent out last week after we had a snowstorm which started as rain/sleet and turned to snow, subsequently leaving everything ice covered... ahhh... North Dakota.

What this brought to my mind, which is sad, is the fact that we have become so 'disconnected' with our bodies and ability to move that we need "experts" to tell us how to do EVERYTHING. (... and to cover everyone's ass so that no one gets sued because someone moved their OWN DAMN BODY wrong)

The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Facilities Management at ***-****. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.

2. Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.

3. Take short to medium steps, or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.

4. Don't carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.

5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.

6. Don't step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.

7. Place your full attention on walking. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by texting, talking on the phone, getting your keys out of your pocket, etc. while walking on ice.

Once again, observe young children. When it's icy they know what to do, or they learn real quick. Children who have yet to be 'scarred' by our culture, know to slow down and if they don't, they fall with grace and skill because of their excellent mobility... and can survive, to learn from their mishap, and play another day.



jleeger said...

No ice out here buddy! But I think this lesson transfers into more areas than just walking. When it rains out here, for instance, (and I noticed this to be true in VA when I lived there, as well), people forget how to drive. They become so frazzled by this new environmental challenge that they seem to lose the ability to think straight. Bizarre!

Creativity, creative problem-solving, are not valued as adult behaviors. Neither is play. Check this recent post from Bernie DeKoven -

Mark Young said...

As usual Aaron, I wholeheartedly agree with your post.

I see overweight clients all the time who have all but forgotten how to get up from a chair without support or even get up from the floor at all.

I say this not to insult these people, but to highlight this as a result of the culture we've created for ourselves.

Last week I was at a lecture where the speaker mentioned a hotel where he stayed in Europe with a beautiful grand staircase and a couple very small elevators somewhere down the hall. Guess how most people chose to get to their rooms?

Contrast that with most buildings in North America. We have several huge elevators in plain sight and the stairs are taken by most people only in emergencies.

We need to make people move more by making this "default" path instead of the second option.

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Exactly Josh, that's our problem; we are never challenged with different environments. We just go through our monotone days and ways; no need to be creative. Use it or lose it.

I've heard of that too Mark. Who was the speaker?

Completely agree. The stairwells are always in some obscure location... I always have a hard time finding them.

Crystal said...

hahaha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that email was totally ridiculous!!

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

It was pretty ridiculous... I haven't fallen yet though. Could it be the "helpful hints"?