Long story short, I slipped on the ice in the alley last night.
If you find yourself at the mercy of gravity, don't reach for the nearest snowbank. The latest thaw-freeze cycle has transformed the once-soft snow in to something resembling 16 grit sandpaper. This snow is remarkably effective at removing large swaths of skin from one's hand.
Road salt does a fair job of ebbing the flow of blood from an open wound. It also produces the sensation of white hot heat mixed with stabbing daggers. Lovely.
Watch your step this weekend.