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    That's SO last page!
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    After half a century of shoveling snow I have finally caved - buying my first snow blower.

    dclamp will be needing one of these in his new digs!

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    One of my boys has a hover board - I've never been on it and know a whole lot better then to see how badly I might fall!

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    How does the battery last in the cold?

    Shoveling snow is never that smooth and easy for me. Right now, my walks are covered with an ice/snow mix. I was away for two weeks and didn't shovel (of course). By the time I got home, the snow was partially converted to ice. At this point, I think it's better to leave it as is, because if I were to remove the snow, I'd just have an ice coated sidewalk. As it stands, the ice bonded to the snow makes for pretty good, though uneven, footing.

    Fortunately, snow is generally not a long term thing where I am. A few days of warm weather and the snow could all be gone. Then I can shovel the next round. Unfortunately, there is currently a freezing rain falling, so the walks will be in pretty odd shape by morning.
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    This, folks, is why drink and rollerskates don't mix:-
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    It gives you hairy feet?
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    It gives you hairy feet?
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    That was really weird. It took forever to post that, then it posted twice. If it wasn't the Post Race, I might actually remove the duplicate.
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    They were hairy already. I was Elijah Wood's foot double on Lord of the Rings. True Story.
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    Aw, rub some dirt on it, you'll be fine.
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    hi hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by szlamany View Post
    After half a century of shoveling snow I have finally caved - buying my first snow blower.

    dclamp will be needing one of these in his new digs!
    Can I come by and borrow yours?
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    Quite unusually, I might actually have a use for one, too. It's currently snowing pretty hard, and is supposed to continue all day. We're still only at normal snow pack for this area, while northern Idaho is down around 80% of normal.

    Out here, snow in the winter means water in the summer. At this point, we're doing ok, but the last few years has followed a solid November and December with a dry January and February. Hopefully this will keep on for a few more weeks.
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    Wut iz snoe?

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    Got about as much of it last night as I have ever seen in the Boise area. May get more today, too.
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    No snow here. In Brizzle we get Drizzle.
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    Happy Boxing Day - the day we celebrate our ability to convert data types into objects.

    Or something like that.
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    That is absolutely why we celebrate Boxing Day.

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    I'm going to go convert an integer into an object, just for that.
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    Thank you!

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    I wish I could say the same.
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    You aren't?

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    I had risen for to pee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    I had risen for to pee.

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    Urine in a lot of trouble if that isn't true...
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    Well, I assure you that I don't have any streaming video.
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    It's currently snowing to beat hell out here. This is the most impressive storm I have seen in the 15 years I've been in this valley. I'm not sure whether I can get my car out of the garage, at the moment, and even if I could reach the road, it hasn't been plowed, and probably can't be. The city only got some plows a couple years back, and they only hit the main roads. The street I'm on had the most snow on it that I had seen even before this storm hit, and now....I'm already planning to ski to the gym tomorrow morning, because it's just the best way to get there in these conditions. We were forecast to get 3-6 inches out of the storm here in the valley. I'd say it's beaten the spread already, with a forecasted 10 hours yet to go.

    That may not seem like so much to some folks, but Boise is in a desert valley where most precipitation gets wrung out by the surrounding mountains. For this much to reach the valley floor, the mountains are getting a good dose.
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    Snow lol

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    My office just got sent home for the second time in as many weeks. They determined that the conditions were getting too bad. I determined that yesterday, though, and already said I was telecommuting. One of my coworkers decided the same thing after digging out his wife's car this morning.

    Those folks who went home early get to claim a few hours of paid leave above and beyond normal leave, but since I was telecommuting, all I did was take a break from coding to go shovel my sidewalk, and that of my neighbors. It's snowing hard, at the moment, though, so my efforts will only mean that there will be less to do this evening, or tomorrow morning.
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    It's sunny here
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    It is cold(50*) and rainy(10%) here. Hell it's like I'm in the UK.

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    I spent the first hour of the day pushing cars around on the street. People were getting stuck on flat ground, largely due to a combination of very low clearance and inadequate tires. The former seemed the bigger issue. I measured 15 inches of snow in my yard. My bumper measures 9.5 inches off the ground, and that's not the lowest point on the car. While I have good tires (studded snow tires) and all wheel drive, the city won't plow the side streets, so I'm not sure I won't end up like a post turtle.
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    By low clearance you mean that the snow is too tall for the vehicle?

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    Yep. Good thing it is light powder, because I essentially plowed my way out of the garage. Still not inclined to shovel the driveway, though, because the car did fine.
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    Did you see the YouTube video of the hoverboard plow?

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    Yeah, I did. Seemed pretty crazy, to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    the city won't plow the side streets
    Not even when they're done plowing the main roads?

    We had a big lake effect storm here two years ago that rendered my street impassable for two solid days, but eventually the city got around to clearing it. Things got kind of desperate for a while... I had to use one of my dirt bikes just to get to the liquor store!

    Edit: currently 6 degrees F here. My 77 year-old house is making those creaking noises again like it always does when it's really effing cold.
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    I am at Boy Scout camp for vigil night.

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    Not even when they're done plowing the main roads?

    We had a big lake effect storm here two years ago that rendered my street impassable for two solid days, but eventually the city got around to clearing it. Things got kind of desperate for a while... I had to use one of my dirt bikes just to get to the liquor store!

    Edit: currently 6 degrees F here. My 77 year-old house is making those creaking noises again like it always does when it's really effing cold.
    Yeah, you live in a place that knows how to deal with snow. I don't think my city even had plows until a couple years ago, and if you watch people clearing snow around here, you realize that they are pretty much making it up as they go. I watched a guy plowing the Wal-Mart parking lot. If he had a plan, I sure couldn't figure it out....unless it was that he was paid by the hour. He'd do one pass in one direction, then go push other snow in a different direction, leave a ridge in the middle of a road, push snow into the place he had just cleared, and generally wander around aimlessly.

    However, somebody DID plow my street on Saturday. I don't know whether it was the city, or some local on an ATV with a plow on it. The job was...indifferent, at best, and they plowed the snow up onto the sidewalk I had been keeping cleared. Since it happened at night, the snow had a chance to re-freeze, and a few more inches fell, so when I tried to shovel the walk, it was a hard packed mess. I gave up on the part that the plow had hit the worst, but managed to clear the rest, which is the part most heavily traveled anyways. Oddly, they appear to have plowed the cul-de-sac, while skipping the somewhat more main street it connects to. It also wasn't so much plowing as leveling, as the packed snow/ice on the road is still a few inches thick.

    Then it snowed more, then turned to rain, and the temperature topped 40 this morning. That hard packed snow on the road is starting to melt and reform into wet ice, which has a friction coefficient around 0. I saw a guy in a truck who was unable to get traction on the flat ground. He wasn't sinking in, his wheels just couldn't get enough purchase to move the truck forwards.

    What a fine mess.
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