While I’m geeking out, I’ve been meaning to mention these awesome ice-walkers. Remember when it rained in January and the sidewalks in Edmonton became a Norse hell of slipperiness? Well, not-coincidently, I’d put boot spikes on my Christmas list and my genius step-son bought them for me. For two or three weeks straight I wore them everywhere! La-la-la, tearing past everybody else going to work, taking my dog for hour-long walks on otherwise impassable paths. There are lots of brands out there, and a few el-cheapo ones. But man… do they ever work. Just stretch them on over your regular boots, and away you go.