Your ice scraper ends up functioning more as an ice pick. Thus, getting off the inch and a half of ice over the snow that was already there. The streets are safer to walk in rather than on the sidewalk because your neighbors are too lazy to take care of thier walk. You choose not to use your cane in fear of losing your balance due to it slipping on ice vs trying to make your journey outside with less chance of breaking something. You wait to see the yellow flashing lights from the power companies trucks in anticipation of your electrcity being restored after 9 hours of no power, this time!