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Suzanne F

Winter 2016-2017

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There's been so much snow and shitty weather over the last week that I have a backache from shoveling and I also have mild frostbite from the bitter cold. The frostbite really sucks because I already have secondary Reynaud's.

 

I actually spent $$ on a fugly but utilitarian pair of winter boots. I was hoping to avoid a shitty winter this year since the weather was pretty warm until last week, but it looks like I'm still going to win the winter wars this year.

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We're behind the curve with regard to snow--friends upstate, in New England, Colorado, and of course Canada have already had way more than they'd like. But it was still a surprise yesterday; who ever believes the forecast? Anyway, it's gone already, just dreary rain.

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Because we're getting close to Christmas I'm going to post some of my favorite holiday songs.

 

Dion singing "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree." He kills it.

 

 

Clarence Carter - Backdoor Santa. Ho-ho-ho.

 

 

Sinatra - "I'll Be Home for Christmas." My favorite version.

 

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You have to be of a "certain age" to catch all of the allusions in Stan Freberg's "Green Christmas". I can't hear "We wish you a Merry Christmas" without mentally ending it with "And please buy our beer."

 

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Blizzard conditions in my part of the world. 20-30cm snow over two days (including today) and wind gusts up to 60km/hr tomorrow. Snow came late this year, but it sure is making up for its tardiness.

 

The crappy part of the blizzard is that it's happening during the holidays (Monday and Tuesday are holidays for most), so I don't even get a free day off work because of it.

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Nonstop pouring rain here since early Saturday AM. We could see some really bad flooding over the next few days.

My son laments that the porta-potty in front of his house blew over onto a neighbor's car. Another angst of urban renovation, as Stephanie well knows.

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Nonstop pouring rain here since early Saturday AM. We could see some really bad flooding over the next few days.

My son laments that the porta-potty in front of his house blew over onto a neighbor's car. Another angst of urban renovation, as Stephanie well knows.

 

 

 

They're getting a lot of snow up on Donner Summit, Tahoe and I-80 area from what I've been told. The railroad reports 4 feet of new snow, but not enough to get out the really big guns.

 

The snow plowing rotary devices have 8 foot blades, and can fling snow up to 200 feet from the track area when necessary. In an average winter, Donner will get 250 inches of snow...

 

YouTube has several videos of the Union Pacific / Southern Pacific rotaries in action. Usually set up as one rotary facing west, locomotive, crew car, locomotive, one rotary facing east. They can plow in either direction.

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Mmmm. Donner.

 

That crew car has dining facilities and plenty of food and water in case the crew gets marooned up there. I'm sure the memory of the Donner party of 8, whoops, 7, isn't far from their minds when snow gets really deep.

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Nonstop pouring rain here since early Saturday AM. We could see some really bad flooding over the next few days.

My son laments that the porta-potty in front of his house blew over onto a neighbor's car. Another angst of urban renovation, as Stephanie well knows.

 

Didn't have those--we just let the workers use our 2nd bathroom.

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Nonstop pouring rain here since early Saturday AM. We could see some really bad flooding over the next few days.

You could become a true Californian, and whine when it starts raining, even though there's been like a 10-year drought.

 

It's the classic California scenario; when I moved there in '76, midst of a drought. Then terrible wildfires. Then landslides, because the fires had burned off all the vegetation and the rains came. Of course the rains cause all that vegetation to grow, fueling next year's fires. First quake didn't happen till '78, though.

 

All the great stuff about the golden state!

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