Ditching on the Job


To the problems of cold weather that have made very slow the progress in the engine rebuilding I’ve been working on, just a couple of days ago I had the “pleasure” of ditching on the job.

With the accumulated snow and very low temperatures at night that created ice under the fresh snow, my van slid sideways while doing my delivery job, and I got stuck by the ditch at the side of the road.

Three o’clock in the morning; around -15 degrees Fahrenheit, and still one third of the route pending. I called the warehouse manager and got his best wishes in finishing my route. Fortunately, and with a borrowed car, I was able to finish the pending part of the route and go home.

The next morning a hired tow truck pulled my stranded van from the ditch, and after some strange reactions from the brakes, suspension and doors while driving it back home, the vehicle recovered itself and was ready to tackle the next delivery day, without emergency repairs needed (phew!).


I must admit; I don’t like cold weather!  Even though I’ve tried to see the nice part of it (beautiful snowed sights), after many years and these kinds of events, I still long for the return of spring with its warmer temperatures, longer days and greener views, so days could be used more productively while enjoyed at the same time.


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12 Responses to Ditching on the Job

  1. Sara says:


    I’m just glad you were okay and got help. That snow doesn’t look like someplace you’d want to spend the night stuck in a car. I can’t you managed to finish your route, but then I don’t deal with snow where I live.

    I’m pleased that your car survived it’s ordeal and that it’s agreed to continue to work with you. We all need our work partners to be supportive:~)
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    Usually this kind of things happen at slow speeds, so there are no physical risks involved; the problem is leaving the vehicle buried in snow all night at a low temperature since it does a very close effect than to humans (we are like cars, remember?).

    The good thing is that after all the initial problems, now everything is back to normal and just time and some money spent in the tow truck.

    After all these years I almost cannot imagine how it is to live in a place without snow in winter…but I like the idea :)

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  2. Kelvin Kao says:

    Come to California!
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    After all this cold, I’m starting to think about it :)

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  3. Hi Raul,
    Its nice to read that you got help in that cold day and happy to know that you and your car is quite well.
    Any way I can imagine your situation just by viewing the photos.
    These days, weather in Asia is cold but not so much.
    Best Wishes
    Nazam Warriach
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Nazam,

    It seems weather is changing around here, at least the cold wave it’s been longer than usual, and the East side of the country doesn’t have any more room for all the snow they are getting.

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  4. Patricia says:

    Oh I am so happy all turned out well and everything was ok – weather can be scary.

    I too am looking forward to spring, but I have a problem there too. I grew up here with all this rain and so have trained myself to buckle down and get all my work done when it rains…when the sun shines I can hardly do anything and if it get HOT – wow I am a basket case full of languid

    It is pouring rain here right now – I am not out pruning the apple trees as I should be.

    Oh and snow….well it truly means I have a day off, because I do not go anywhere. Ice is worse…though I learned to drive in the midwest, we do not have the equipment at sea level that they have to care in those places.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Patricia,

    I guess we all have our favorite season of the year, no matter where we live.

    Here in Denver there’s lots of people who can’t wait for snow, so they can practice all the related sports, but for the things I do, snow and cold are not good options :(

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  5. solita says:

    Snow days were sooo cool when I was a kid! It’s funny that you can’t wait for warmer weather when here in Las Vegas we pray the cold doesn’t go away. All of my lovely warm clothes (well, warm by LV standards) wait in the closet, sad and lonely until the few months I can wear them. But too soon it’s back to 100+ degree in the shade and winter’s electric blankets, knit hats and hot tea are distant memories. *sigh*
    But I don’t envy you shoveling all that snow. No matter how sparkly it is!!!

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Solita,

    And for us visiting LV in summertime is so much fun for the “abundant” heat, because we take it for just a little, while snow we can choose it and have to receive it anyway.

    Aren’t we humans so strange? :)

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  6. Your Hermana says:

    Snow…It’s for penguins…

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    And -20 F too…
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