I know where you are coming from and I agree with you.
Had studs in '69 because I was going to the Bonhomme Carnival. Made a mistake when I hit the 401 and ended up in Florida. They do not like studs there.
We cannot use studs on our Ontario highways - except PQ. and it is this application to which I was referring. I know they are in use off-road and would sure appreciate them in winter. Not being able to use studs is what has kept me out of winter tires - plus we generally don't need them.
I mentioned Sweden because of the "James Bonder" that showed what studs on a lake can do. There isn't a Zamboni that could correct that abuse between periods.
P D Q
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! That is exactly what I was trying to
say in a more subtle way. People acclimated to Dallas, either as natives
or by previous experience realized that the answer to transportation on
those occasional (once or twice a year on average) icy days was to
transport oneself to the living room couch, fire up the fireplace, turn on
the TV to watch the traffic entertainment, and wait for afternoon to come
and melt the ice before we ventured out. The recent transplants were bound
to show the rest of us that they knew how to drive in this kind of weather
(the general weather pattern was a bit of snow on top of glaze ice) -- thus
the reason for turning on the TV to get our education in winter driving by
those soon-to-be experienced northern drivers who would be doing the same
thing as the rest of us during the next year's ice/snowstorm.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
I learned my ice driving in an old beater in a gravel pit. No worry about hitting anyone or doing damage to the vehicle. Just bang it out, buy the boys a beer, and do some more 360's. and super snakes.
It really helped my winter ability but, nothing beats care and caution on the slippery stuff.
P D Q
I see we are still on the studs thing.
OK I will agree that studs are still available and may be put in certain snow tires for certain applications.
However, there are a lot of area governments that will NOT allow studs on their highways.
There are even some areas that do -- but those area really do get a lot of ice and snow.
Texas, Florida, and my area (Ontario) do not.
P D Q
We got 5.5" of snow Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, followed
by freezing rain. Current forecasts call for anywhere from 6" to 9"
(and up to 18" depending on the forecaster) between tomorrow morning and
I expect this weather to be a minor inconvenience.
Ah, for the days I lived in Albany, liked the snow (never loved it,
AFAIC, skis and snowshoes belong to the Yukon and should stay there),
knew how to drive in it, had the brains to use studs or chains on ice,
and cold, sometimes down to -28F, wasn't a major hate.
That was about 32-36 years ago.
I far prefer central Virginia at my current age.
We visited a friend in Dallas a few years ago and he warned us to be careful
driving in there, because the folks there didn't "drive well in the elements"
He than said that "Air is an element"
Didn't seem much different from CA drivers, except in CA they usually have their
turn signals on when they run you off the road..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Nope, it's "That's Right, YOU'RE Not From Texas"! :)
... and, in a similar vein, there's Steve Fromholtz', "Come on Down To Texas
.... For A While".
IOW, you're welcome to visit, but please don't stay.
Years ago, Washington State was home to a brewery (Olympia maybe) that
was rumored to run an ad campaign something as follows:
"No need to come to Washington, just send the money, we'll send the
I suppose I could call all you folks wimps.
But......, Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are experienceing our coldest
weather in 18 years. And the snow is falling. It will be mass causulties on
the roads tomorrow.
Most folks around here don't know how to drive in snowing/icey conditions
And this could go on for another week or so. No relief in sight. Now is a
good time to hibernate.
On Thu, 18 Dec 2008 11:28:50 +0000, J. Clarke wrote
so why do you stop then?
It's just too damn tiring to wrestle through snow, don'tya think? Every
short trip feels like completing a (complete) Charles Atlas course, and you
get in, sit on the couch and it takes half an hour for it to stop squirming
from side to side and threatening to fall over.
Have to drink strong espresso just 'cos compared with the adrenalin hit, it's
We haven't had any real snow here for a while though..
Do I miss it?
Weeeeeeeeell, in the past 3 days we have accumulated about 4 feet of
snow here in the southern Californicate. My neighbors have snow blowers
and I am really nice to them during the year. Sure enough one (who has
barking dogs) cleared out the snowplow berm and I shoveled the rest.
Today, however, Maggy wanted her car out so I called one of the local
contractor guys, Bob, who has serious snow removal equipment. Now Bob
lives outside of town at the end of a 3.5 mile dirt road and is snowed
in. Luckily he keeps his second front loader up here with good old Zack
driving. Happily, the cabins across the street are generally empty so
snow storage is less of a problem.
The sun is shining today with a relative humidity of maybe 30%. A day's
worth of sun and other folk's tire chains usually clears the ice. Oh
and shoveling is good exercise. I guess.
On Thu, 18 Dec 2008 06:28:50 -0500, J. Clarke wrote:
I didn't even stop then back when I was young and stupid (stupider?). I
still remember getting trapped in frozen street car tracks. The only way
out was to stop and lift each wheel out of the groove :-).
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