Icy D Eagle is the renowned mascot of the Fort Wayne Komets minor league hockey team. He moved to Fort Wayne from Salt Lake City in the 1990s when the Salt Lake Golden Eagles folded and has been with the Komets ever since.
Icy, as the photo above indicates, loves to go out on the ice between periods. Sometimes he rides an ATV. Sometimes he skates. Sometimes he’s on foot and uses a slingshot to fire T-shirts into the crowd. Sometimes he tosses footballs with people in the crowd. He seems to be as much at home on the ice as the hockey players.
On Tuesday I attempted to run. I made two laps around the neighborhood park then gave up. It was too icy. We had rain Saturday, which turned the snow on the ground into slush. Sunday saw another cool down, which froze the slush. Monday was sunny and the ice didn’t seem as slick. Tuesday is cloudy and the ice just seems slicker.
Would Icy have given up? Maybe. After I got home I tried attaching screws to the soles of an old pair of running shoes in attempt to create traction. My experiment failed. What I need are uniform screws that I can screw right into the soles. I attempted to keep the screws on with duck (duct) tape. Red Green might be an expert at using duck (duct) tape; I’m not. My wife finds me handsome.
Another snowstorm is forecast for Tuesday night. The third storm since the beginning of the year. And I suspect another Polar Vortex is bearing down too. Maybe all the snow will make the streets and sidewalks less icy later in the week. Let’s hope so.