I read the snow thread with amusement, only to come
out of my cave and realise there is as much as 5"
predicted for tonight and tomorrow in AL.
Groan... it's a mess here when it snows.
I'm sure the milk, bread and flashlight battery
hoarders have already cleaned out the stores.
And it's coming to Atlanta - after two days of TV weathermen saying
"It won't be this far north". Bought bread and milk earlier in the
week beause we were out. Bought flashlight batteries while at Costco
today because there was one D cell left in my stock of batteries.
The emergency generator got its regular service last month (oil
change, sparkplug, etc) and a short run under partial load. Don't
anticipate using it, as the power has been out only a couple of times
in the past 5 years - longest about 2 hours.
Also have fuel for the kerosene heater, wood for the fireplace, and
fuel for the Coleman stove and lantern.
Some of the items are left from days of camping with the kids, some
from Y2K preparations (we lost power for a couple of days in an ice
storm in Jan 2000, so the kero heater proved to be a good investment).
The generator was a too-good-to-pass-up deal on Craig's list - used
5KW, price negotiated down to $80 (the seller could barely get it to
run), then spent about $60 in maintenance items.
This might even be wood-related - the generator is stored in a wooden
shed out back ;-)
We were in Arkansas earlier this year. They had a little snow (nothing
worth getting excited about in IL), but the roads were a mess. Even the
manditory off ramp of I540 (transition to US 71) was bad. As soon as we
crossed the state line into Missouri, the roads were perfect. It's all
about whether the DOTs know how to handle the stuff or not. Sand just
doesn't cut it on heavily trafficed roads.
Woodworking content: The drill/driver kit I got came with a flashlight
and two batteries. No need to buy flashlight batteries, just make sure
much different if the temps had been 5 degrees cooler.
The snow we have in AL is always a wet snow and the temps generally drop
enough to freeze it right afterward, so you end up with a sheet of wet ice
on all the roads. Impossible to travel on, even with a four wheel drive,
and of course there is no salt or plows.
My MIL and SIL live in Huntsville but are originally from NE Pa. They
really get a chuckle when everyone gets in a panic over an inch of
snow. They have said the same thing though, no salt or equipment to
handle the winter.
It didn't start snowing in Auburn until after 10:00AM and we only got
2" or so. The fear was just silly. 5F wouldn't have made much if any
Yep. We're a couple of hundred miles South and East of Huntsville
(100Mi SW of Atlanta). We moved down here from Vermont in '08 and
laugh at the locals fear (not that I want to meet any of them when
driving in snow). They closed the company where I work at 9:30PM the
night before (didn't start snowing for 12 hours). I woke up to no
snow so went into work. The only other person there was the marketing
director trying to get some stuff out for trade shows. What a bunch
of wusses. -)
Yup, it's officially recognized now, this weather is all
obamas' fault! Those old timers on the farm were right
when they said " it'll be a cold day in hell when a
colored man is voted president"! They were right
because right now all 50 states have snow! What better
proof is there? heh heh ...;>)) phil
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