Alix, Sault Ste. Marie now looks like that picture you posted.
We've got about 4 inches on the ground now. The roads are icy and I'm replacing nearly bald tires (the front 2 first) on Tuesday, or Wednsday. But this isn't here for good. We're supposed to get up into the high 40's for the next few days and all the white stuff will be gone for a breif period.
About that falling stuff. I have a great deal of experience in that department. I've been hit by a car while riding a motorcycle, driven off a 30 foot cliff on that same machine, fallen from trees, accidentally stepped off of a 2 story roof, twice in the same day, and the list goes on. Oh, and my feet have left the ground due to that snow-covered-ice condition you just experienced.
What kept me from getting hurt in all of those situations (never had more than a bruise from any of them), was the learned ability to fall properly. I was involved in Judo, and in Kuk Sul Won, both of which teach falling and tumbliing techniques. Especially the Judo training, drilled into us the ability to fall properly at every session until it became a natural response whenever the need arises. And there are multiple techniques to handle whatever type of fall you might encounter, be it falling frontwards, backwards, on your side, head-first, feet first, etc. And the correct response becomes automatic.
I highly recomend participation in Judo, Kuk Sool Won, or any marshal art technique that teaches falling skills. It may save you life. It has certainly saved mine over the years. And here's the best part. My eldest son, who is now 26, fell out of a two story window at the age of 2. He'd climbed a chair and while gazing out of a screend window, pushed the screen out and plumeted 1 and 1/2 stories to sun-baked clay and large rocks. I had been teaching him falling techniques for about 2 months before that. I'm convinced, as was the doctor, that those learned techniques saved his life. From the abrasions on his arms, it looked like he used the front-fall technique. and he suffered no injuries from the fall.
I am absolutely sold on knowing how to fall. It prevents injury and makes the incident far less painful.
My youngest sister took a tumble without knowing how to fall, and broke her elbow. I've never broken a bone, nor have any of my children (4 of them who did crazy things as kids, like falling out of trees, riding bicycles off of the tops of gravel pits and "flying" 30 feet or more until they landed on the sand wall, and all sorts of things to drive a parent crazy.
If you don't want to get into such a class, that's your choice, and you are certainly entitled to it. But if you have young ones, I beleive that it is an injustice not to give them those skills. But of course, that is my personal opinion.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North