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WATCH: Ashburn man’s icy experience goes viral

A video of Tim Besecker from Ashburn has gone viral
Footage of an Ashburn man sliding down a slippery slope, otherwise known as his driveway, has gone viral.

Tim Besecker was leaving his house Tuesday when he found himself on a stretch of black ice that stretched the length of his driveway. Besecker, who resembled a less than agile ice skater, was caught on camera by his wife, Kelly, who then posted it on social media.

The video has been viewed more than 40 million times and shared one million times on Facebook.

On Twitter, his wife posted the video with the hashtag #BlackIceIsReal.

Besecker wasn't injured in the incident. He told Fox 5 that he's surprised by all the social media attention, and he laughs every time he seems the video. "I was looking for something to grab onto -- and there was nothing -- so, down I went!" he said.


Reminds me of the time I left the house in Arlington on my way to the airport at Christmastime in 1979. I opened the door just in time to watch a car careen down the icy road and crash into the guardrail next to my house. Thus forewarned, I tied rags to my boots (this was before YakTraks) and carefully made my way across the steep, icy street onto the grass, bag in hand and purse under my arm. All good so far. About halfway up the hill, the icy grass proved too slick, and I tumbled out into the street. My dropped bag passed me, exceeding the speed limit back down the hill. When I finally ceased sliding and was able to sit up, my purse was nowhere to be found. Mapping its likely trajectory down the street, I realized it had clung to the curb all the way down to the storm drain, where it slipped in. That is when bad language was spoken, loudly enough to cause a neighbor to open a window and inquire whether all was well. Missed my flight, of course, but the neighbor and his wife took me in, gave me tea, and he later pried the concrete top off of the drain and climbed down to retrieve my purse (and the keys and airline ticket it contained). It was a glorious introduction to life in the DC area!

Thank you Beseckers! I give Tim a ten for the upright position MOST of the way.

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