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Friday, January 8, 2010

Watch out!

If you live anyway other than California, your weather has certainly been cold lately.  The AP reports there are frozen iguanas falling out of the trees in Florida.  Wowsers!

Here in Chicago, we don't have falling iguanas, but lots of falling ice.  Every building in the city posts these signs presumably so they can't be sued if someone is pelted with a huge block of ice.

Here's the problem.  How do you watch for falling ice?  Do you walk staring straight up into the sky to see if there's something falling from 52 floors up?  Impossible because everyone is too busy making sure they don't get splashed with dirty snow by a cabbie, or run into by a European walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk.

But I actually have a huge fear of getting hit by something falling from a building.  This fear was increased when a girlfriend told me the wind blew her glass top table over the balcony of her 41st floor apartment.  Luckily, no one was hurt.  But I look at other balconies and see that people keep everything on them.  Decorations, chairs, kids toys, tables and candles.  So there's a good chance I'll never get robbed or hit by a cab, but it might all end with a Mr. Potato Head falling from the 50th floor. 

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