When we lived in South Dakota in the ’80s, my parents bought an ice scraper. Not just any ol’ ice scraper, mind you; this one was special. It was called the Fox Paw and came wrapped in faux fur, so your hand would stay warm when scraping ice from the car’s windshield. Pretty ingenious, actually.
Sunday they had me over for an early birthday celebration since they will be traveling on the actual day. The grilled teriyaki chicken and potato salad were delicious and the carrot cake divine, but the real joy came when it was time to open gifts. They handed me a wrapped package and said, “It’s time to pass this on now.” I had no clue what that might possibly mean, so I tore open the package and found…
Wait. Could it really be?!
The Fox Paw is coming home!
Scoff if you will, but know this: when it’s ten degrees below zero and snowing like mad, my hand is going to be nice and toasty while I clear my windshield. (Actually, when it’s ten degrees below zero and snowing like mad, my whole body is going to be nice and toasty because if you think I’m venturing outside in that shit, you’re crazy. But, if I did, then yeah. My hand would be nice and toasty.)
There’s a beautiful symmetry to something coming full circle, don’t you think?
They also got me a gift card to Murphy’s Pub & Grill in downtown Rapid City. We stopped in for dinner and cocktails after our whirlwind Saturday there last October and loved the place. So the gift card is greatly appreciated and sure to get used. After all, they’ve got fried pickles there.
This past Saturday, we met up with my coworker Candace and her husband, Devon, for a day of cider tasting in Portland. And when I say “day” I do mean that in the all-day sense, as we ended up hitting three cider houses and a distillery over the span of seven hours. It was a lot of fun, though. And something we’d talked about doing for a long time.
The rest of the weekend was spent packing. I’m trying to strike a balance between getting as much stuff as possible boxed up early so there isn’t a last-minute scramble while still trying to make the apartment feel homey, but with three empty bookshelves and nothing but nails on the walls where photos and artwork used to be, it’s inevitably starting to look a bit barren now. On the plus side, since Audrey’s bedroom is empty, we are able to use that as a staging area for all our boxes. When we were preparing to move from the townhouse four years ago, we were surrounded by piles of boxes the last two months we were there. Out of sight is out of mind; at least now it just looks like we’ve embraced an extremely minimalist lifestyle.
Also, we’ve decided on going the U-Haul route as it’s the most economical way to move. Because of that, we’ve altered our plans slightly and will now be leaving one day earlier than originally scheduled – June 22 versus the 23rd. This is a significant date for reasons I’ll get into another time (hint: more symmetry). The bottom line is, our countdown has jumped ahead a day, which means every other post on the blog is now technically inaccurate. My inner perfectionist wants to go back and fix all those numbers, but I’m going to resist the urge. The date was never truly set in stone anyway.
Countdown: 59 Days
6 thoughts on “Fox Paw’s Coming Home”
HA! My parents had one of those too – well, similar to it. Ours was cream colored and it wasn’t quite as fuzzy on the outside. Maybe it was a polar bear paw.
Three cheers for being officially under two months! Ignore my crappy grammar in that last sentence, please!
A polar bear paw would be even better, ’cause they’re custom made for ice and snow!
Mark, I freakin’ LOVE the Fox Paw….it’s brilliant!
“There’s a beautiful symmetry to something coming full circle, don’t you think?”
Sounds like you had an awesome pre-birthday party.
I understand your feelings about striking a balance between getting as much packing done now so that you don’t have to do it all last minute, and having the place look totally barren. I’ve been thinking the same thing when I comes to actually packing before I make the move in Sept. I live in a studio apartment, so I need to figure a way to stack the moving boxes around my small apartment and still have room to walk.
Oh well, I have months before I need to do that.
Over the next three months, I’ll be going back and forth to New York, checking out apartment locations. I’ve saved A LOT of PTO so that I’ll have tons of free (and paid) days to do that.
I checked my PTO balance the other day and am currently sitting at 136 hours, so I’m in good shape to take two weeks off for the move!
I’ve seen the Fox Paw type scrapers, but have never had the pleasure of using one. Enjoy! And I would totally be up for a day of cider (or beer or wine) tasting! Good times! Happy Birthday!
Thank you! And we’re going to Astoria for a weekend getaway, including the Wine & Seafood Festival, so there will be another couple of boozy days in our near future.