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February 9, 2010
4:45 PM
karen
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Just griping…I haven’t had Internet access since Friday night. Snow storm took down a large tree limb–about two feet at the base and forty feet long. Luckily the only damage is our fios line–Internet and tv–but it’s still a drag. Luckily I have my iPhone but I cannot download freebies, etc on it.

February 9, 2010
6:32 PM
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You poor thing! Lucky the damage is only to property though (as much of an inconvenience as that is). Sounds like it could have been pretty life-threatening had the limb  come down on the house.

Bad winters all round in the northern hemisphere this year. We've had our coldest winter in years (and that's saying something!) and 90 percent of the country I live in is snowed under. A state of emergency has been declared for a large swathe of the country and emergency aid from the international community is starting to flow in to get to those affected in isolated rural areas.

I have admit that my main problem is not snow, though, but ice. Deadly stuff. Once the snow is compacted down into ice by myriad tramping feet, I have extreme difficutly in staying upright. Have had some slips and slides this winter. However, last winter I did some real damage. Had a massive fall that resulted in extensive soft-tissue damage to my hip and thigh. Had pain for six months, and even now it still gets achey.

But such is life in the snowier parts of the world, hey. Anyway, good luck with getting the TV and internet back up and running! Hope to see you fully back online soon!

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February 9, 2010
6:52 PM
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I spent a few years in Manhattan and Philadelphia more than forty years ago. We moved East in the summer, to a house in the country near Valley Forge. It snowed in October! Snow, in my world, only shows up in the mountains just north of Los Angeles – which it has this year. We’re getting buckets of rain, with temperatures in the 50’s!:lol:

To quote a former President, I feel your pain.

February 9, 2010
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Gotta admit that snow – for all the problems it can cause (Karen's situation a case in point) – is a beautiful thing. I love nothing more than a blanket of fresh snow and the sound it makes crunching under my feet as I walk through it. Magical. Good thing, too, as it's frozen in this part of the world for a lot of the year. Last year we had snow into the beginning of June, a brief summer and then snow again from September. The summer clothes stay in the closet for the majority of each year! I guess that means they last a long time, though!

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February 9, 2010
9:41 PM
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I live in Vancouver, and we’re dying for the snow you have. Cypress might be saying that they’re confident they will have enough snow to function for the Olympics, but that is only because they are carting it in with trucks and helicopters.

So much for our “green” Olympics!

Any comments? Questions? Outbursts?
February 9, 2010
9:57 PM
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Refpeuk said:

I live in Vancouver, and we're dying for the snow you have. Cypress might be saying that they're confident they will have enough snow to function for the Olympics, but that is only because they are carting it in with trucks and helicopters.

So much for our “green” Olympics!


Oh yeah, I saw that on BBC world news. Laugh Love Vancouver though … actually got married there – on Burnaby Mt under the totem poles. It was magical. My number-one favourite city, actually!

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February 9, 2010
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Which Vancouver?  I live right on the Oregon side of one of them (hint:  the one that has an Oregon side!)

First one to guess what city I live in gets a free cooookie.

Oh, the site that was :(
February 9, 2010
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Locutus said:

Which Vancouver?  I live right on the Oregon side of one of them (hint:  the one that has an Oregon side!)

First one to guess what city I live in gets a free cooookie.


Off the top of my head, I'd hazard a guess at Portland. Do I get a cookie? If so, chocolate chip please! Laugh

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February 9, 2010
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Here in eastern North Dakota we've had as much snow as we got last year. Which resulted in record breaking flooding last spring.

This years flood preperations have already begun and it's been the lead story on the 10 O-clock news for over a week. Fargo is even starting their sandbag filling operations so they can have at least a million sandbags ready to go at a moments notice.

And we're still at least two months away from when the floods normally begin.

The snow is nice to look at, but the wildlife is having a tough time. And I actually had to resort to renting a full size payloader to move huge snowbanks out of my yard (to make room for more snow from plowing the driveway) and to help a neighbor clear snow drifts out of his driveway that the snowplow on the pickup couldn't move.

Don't get me wrong tho, spending a day driving that big payloader was a lot of fun! Smile

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February 9, 2010
11:11 PM
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Wheezer said:

Here in eastern North Dakota we've had as much snow as we got last year. Which resulted in record breaking flooding last spring.

This years flood preperations have already begun and it's been the lead story on the 10 O-clock news for over a week. Fargo is even starting their sandbag filling operations so they can have at least a million sandbags ready to go at a moments notice.

And we're still at least two months away from when the floods normally begin.

The snow is nice to look at, but the wildlife is having a tough time. And I actually had to resort to renting a full size payloader to move huge snowbanks out of my yard (to make room for more snow from plowing the driveway) and to help a neighbor clear snow drifts out of his driveway that the snowplow on the pickup couldn't move.

Don't get me wrong tho, spending a day driving that big payloader was a lot of fun! Smile


Yeah, you're right, it is tough on animals. Here in Mongolia, two million livestock have already died, and another two million are expected to die in the coming two months. These are big losses for a poor developing country in which 30 percent of the population are nomadic herders and agriculture is the central part of the economy. A very tough winter for everyone, hey.

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February 10, 2010
1:31 AM
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I’ve got to say it, HOW CAN YOU HATE SNOW!

I live in Australia, and where I am, it never snows. Hell, we have holidays to go to the snow!

/end rant

I do feel sorry for those who have too much of it, and when it impacts on peoples (no, not bad grammar, i mean the peoples of the word)

February 10, 2010
4:56 AM
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Snow? = global warming? I wonder if al gore knows it’s snowing. he must back in the 70’s right after he invented the internet he was the lead in a time mag thing warning people that the next ice age was coming soon. now he says global warming. maybe he was right the first time around.

In the end everything will be OK. If it's not OK then it's not the end.
February 10, 2010
5:35 AM
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@ Ozzie: No doubt about it being hard on the animals.

I hope I'm not repeating myself, but I've got a small home-made feeder set up in the yard that I put oats and corn into so the deer can get food if they need to. There's been an average of 50 deer per night camping in the yard since the blizzard on Christmas. They're out there all day too.

They're becoming so used to being in the yard that they're even eating the dead flowers in the planter right next to the door to the house. I'm thinking I might have to start doing something to scare them off once in a while, so they don't loose their fear of humans.

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February 10, 2010
7:08 AM
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@ Jabtano: Technically, We are actually still in an ice age.

@ Wheezer: Wow, 50 per day. That must be quite a sight. Speaks volumes about how hard a winter they're having. And that's saying something given the horrendous winters you endure in North Dakota.

In this part of the world, the gazelle have been fleeing en masse over the border into Russia in search of food, which the Russians are none too happy about as they pose a threat to the limited available fodder there. I've experienced a lot of severely cold weather here in the past six years, but the difference this year is how prolonged this period of extreme cold is. We expect the mercury to drop extremely low – that's a given – but to stay at these levels for such a length of time makes it, as the government has duly classifed it, an “extreme weather phenomenon”. And every time I switch on the world news, I see reports of this all over the northen hemisphere. I'm just thankful that our little apartment is semi-warm (we still have to bundle ourselves in a few layers, but that's not a problem). Roll on spring, is all I can say.

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February 10, 2010
7:08 AM
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Yeah, the snow is beautiful, but I live in an area (greater Washington, DC metro area) that isn’t used to this much snow. And we’re getting more of it today. The entire area including the govt has been pretty much shut down since last Friday. We get this much snow only every 15 to 20 years so we don’t have the equipment to clean it up very quick. We’ve been telling my daughter (she’s six) that she probably won’t see this much snow again until she is an adult.

But I know we’re lucky to only have lost Internet and tv and not anything else due to that tree limb. It just feels good to complain sometimes. My usually wonderful children (I also have a two year old girl) are starting to drive me crazy. We can’t even take the little one out to play in it because she would just disappear in the snow. I am glad that we still have power and DVDs…not usually a proponent of endless tv watching but…

February 10, 2010
7:14 AM
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In a normal winter we might get a few snows of 2 to 3 inches each. This year we got about 15 all at once in December. And two snows of 6 to 8 in January. And over last weekend between 2 and 3 feet and another 12 inches or so expected today.

February 10, 2010
7:18 AM
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Hey, welcome back Karen! Glad to see you're back online. Good luck riding out the snowstorm!

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February 10, 2010
7:40 AM
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Karen, good to see you're able to get back online.

I got some pics in an email of something you folks out east could probably use right about now. I put them on my photobucket account and will give you links to them.

http://i170.photobucket.com/al…..age002.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/al…..age007.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/al…..age006.jpg

Check out the way it sucks up the snow in the last pic. Awesome!

I'm hoping that maybe Santa will bring me one of those next year. Cool

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February 10, 2010
7:56 AM
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@ Wheezer: I think that's Santa checking one out in the second pic!

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February 10, 2010
1:29 PM
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Which Vancouver you ask? Well, if I had to guess from what I wrote in my last post, I would guess the only one with Winter Olympics being held there.

Sorry for my cheeky moment, but no I did NOT mean portland. I mean Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Yeah that one.

Any comments? Questions? Outbursts?
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