February 7, 2016

At the Mendota Ice Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want.

The 14-second clip was made yesterday in the early afternoon from the UW Memorial Terrace. It was nice seeing the college kids making the best use of the lake in Winter. Love the pond hockey!


Ryan said...

Looks cold. I think I'll go to the beach today, it's gonna hit 79 degrees in LA today.

Ann Althouse said...

It wasn't too cold. In fact, it got to warm for preserving the ice conditions. I'd prefer it to stay below freezing for the sake of the great winter activities like skating and skiing.

rhhardin said...

Mystery charity of the day.

Ryan said...

When I lived in Eagle Heights, and there was a fresh snowfall, I would sometimes ride my bike across the lake to get to campus. It's actually a shortcut Snow crunching under the tires and the big flat lake that had totally iced over. I would move back in a heartbeat.

coupe said...

In Oklahoma they have to remind people every year, that it doesn't get cold enough here to walk on lake ice.

Yet, we have several deaths each year, when someone never got the memo.

Usually the first one goes down, and the second one tries to save them. So it's always a two-fer.

Ann Althouse said...

For walking on ice, which you shouldn't do if it's not good enough:

Have some ice claws up your sleeves.

And watch this video so you know the key tricks to getting out.

Ann Althouse said...

How to help someone who's fallen through:

What if someone else falls through and you are the only one around to help? First, call 911 for help. There is a good chance someone near you may be carrying a cell phone.

Rescue of victim who's gone through the ice

Resist the urge to run up to the edge of the hole. This would most likely result in two victims in the water. Also, do not risk your life to attempt to save a pet or other animal.

Preach, Reach, Throw, Row, Go

PREACH ‑ Shout to the victim to encourage them to fight to survive and reassure them that help is on the way.

REACH ‑ If you can safely reach the victim from shore, extend an object such as a rope, ladder, or jumper cables to the victim. If the person starts to pull you in, release your grip on the object and start over.

THROW ‑ Toss one end of a rope or something that will float to the victim. Have them tie the rope around themselves before they are too weakened by the cold to grasp it.

ROW ‑ Find a light boat to push across the ice ahead of you. Push it to the edge of the hole, get into the boat and pull the victim in over the bow. It’s not a bad idea to attach some rope to the boat, so others can help pull you and the victim to safety.

GO ‑ A non‑professional shouldn’t go out on the ice to perform a rescue unless all other basic rescue techniques have been ruled out.

If the situation is too dangerous for you to perform the rescue, call 911 for help and keep reassuring the victim that help is on the way and urge them to fight to survive. Heroics by well‑meaning but untrained rescuers sometimes result in two deaths.

Hagar said...

If there is snow on the ice, have someone not a friend walk in front of you.

Limited blogger said...

Yesterday was my brother's birthday. He lives in Carmel, CA. Said it was 80 degrees yesterday! The Bing Crosby pro-am is played at neighboring Pebble Beach this week. Watching that tournament is when I start thinking about the spring.

pm317 said...

Bing's homepage two days ago.