I did well plowing last season. But I didn’t plow once this season. Where I live, (Wasington DC Metro area) we experience all 4 seasons…sort of. We had a month, maybe month and a half of cold weather, winter weather. We had a dusting of snow, the kind they get in the south where people come out and say “What the hell is that ya’ll?” ( I love my southern family and friends) But we never really got a big, school closing, government shut down-ing, “Snowmageddon”. The kind of storm we had last year…twice. The kind we had as kids. We didn’t stop livin’ cause it was cold. Winter is part of the seasonal cycle. The trouble is, usually, when we get little to no snow, and a short winter, we get an ungodly hot and humid Summer. And that’s the real kick in the pants, the humidity. If our summer weather were like the weather in San Diego, you’d never hear me complain. As long as I also got my winter snow.

We’re in a sorta pre-spring, spring now. Spring starting in February, with a few cold nights in March to balance things. And I’m predicting a short spring and a long hot summer. I do so hope I am wrong. I believe monkeys throwing poo could predict the weather better than our local weatherpeople. Having said that I’m not a weatherman nor a poo slinging monkey so my prediction means…poo.

 

Brick from http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/183255/celebrating_anchormans_brick_tamland.html

Monkey from http://boltbarbers.com/

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Spring Cometh Early

March 1, 2012

This time last year I had to dig out the bike.

It was 66° today. If you can’t beat them, join them. I went for nice long ride and it was beautiful. Kinda like this:

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Do Pigs Sweat?

August 7, 2011

I ask because I’ve always heard and used the phrase “Sweatin’ like a pig. I think I heard we had one of the hottest Julys on record. It’s been a miserably hot summer. So I’m wondering, do pigs sweat?

 

Picture from freeextras.com

I went to a friends house Saturday night and while I was there I got a call from my neighbor telling me that our power was back on. While I am happy that it is back on, I’m unhappy it took 4 days to get it back on. I was very lucky that I had a place to go to sleep and eat in warmth. Many people had nowhere else to go. I don’t have the answer, but 200,000 customers without power is unacceptable.

I heard on the radio that the Governor of MD wrote a scathing letter to Pepco.

And guess what? We are getting more snow and ice sometime between Monday night and Wednesday.

I was plowing for most of the outage so I had to throw out 99% of what was in my fridge. There’s nothing in there now so if the power goes out again, and it almost certainly will, I wont loose anything else. I have a friend who has a whole house generator and they ride out theses outages brilliantly. Perhaps it’s something to think about down the road. Truth be told, I’d love to get partially off the grid. Creating my own power using wind and solar. It would be nice to get something back from the power company.

Until then, I’ll keep the fridge un-stocked  until after the next storm.

Pepco = Crapco

January 29, 2011

According to my neighbor, our power has been out since Wednesday. I called Friday and was told it would be on at 11pm…maybe a little later. Its Saturday. All the streets around our street have power. One of the spokespersons for Pepco went on the radio and said the majority of their customers would have power Friday at 11pm. I did not. They said it would be on sat. It was not. I hope it will be on later tonight, but I don’t have my hopes up. I’m going to a  friends house. I expect it may be Monday before I get power back. I’ll keep you posted.

I was not on the GW parkway, so I can not speak as to the causes of the 8 to 12 hr event, but my guess is always “Stupid People”.

If you own a sports car, and you take it to work on a day when every media outlet in the region says we will have snow…heavy, fast, big snow, starting between 3 and 4 pm, You are an idiot. You are part of the problem. For all I know you could have been THE problem.

I saw camaros, corvettes, Porsche’s, stupid looking little lowered sports cars that sound like lawn mowers, and even a scooter! Dumb Asses! Who gets behind the wheel of a corvette hours before a snow storm? Why would you risk getting caught in the storm?

“Maybe it’s his only form of transportation.” Ah…sure, right. If you can afford a corvette… Anyway it’s a stupid primary form of transportation on the day of a major snow storm. In my opinion.

I was in Springfield VA, spreading salt at the start of the storm and then plowing. Again, this picture just doesn’t capture the stupid things I saw stupid people doing.

People not moving

Green Again

January 20, 2011

Last time I plowed, I was in the big green truck. I forgot to mention that the dash lights were out. I remembered because I’m once again driving the big green truck. Everything but the exhaust has been repaired, including the dash lights.

The Big Green Truck

January 18, 2011

Right from the start BG and I did not get along. She smoked. Now I don’t mind if a girl smokes, but I don’t want it blown in my face for 24 hrs. It was bad. I had to have the window down just to get some fresh air. She had a bum ticker. I thought she was gonna die on me!  I thought she was winking but it turns out she had an eye problem.  I tried sweet talking her using all of my considerable charm. I caressed her, I stroked her, I even slapped her around a little. Sadly, in the end, after many hours of messing around, I could not get her to put out! That was the final straw. I don’t think I’ll be taking her out again.

I’ve been fortunate to work for a plow company this winter. I’ve been out 3 times now and this last time I was asked to drive the big green truck. When I worked for UPS I drove the “Moose“, which was much longer, so I knew it would be no problem driving big green.

First, the truck refused to stay running . When it was running the noxious exhast fumes came right into the cab. The Mechanics  installed a new alternator. Then the plow lights went out, so I was driving with one headlight, and it was behind the plow! The mechanics fix it, but they went out again as soon as I left the depot. And I had problems with the spreader not putting out salt for a good portion of the adventure. I tried everything to get it to work. Then, I’d drive back to the depot  to have them look at it and like magic it would start throwing out salt. That was the most frustrating part. So I made the owners aware of the problems I had, and  I cross my fingers that I’m done with big green. She’s a bitch.

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Blizzard of 2010

February 7, 2010

It was unbelievable, and so much fun!

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I decided last minute to pack a bag and head to my brothers house. I live in the DC area and the storm of the century had begun. I really did not want to be stuck at home, alone for the weekend. I topped off the radiator and hit the road.  There was probably 6 or 7  inches of snow down already and it was snowing hard and heavy. There were the usual 4 X4’s like me, doing  just fine, until we encountered a few of you dumb asses: The guy in the white Chevy van? All over the road; The Cab driver who thought he could? didn’t. He was sliding through all the lanes; The guy in the brand new Wrangler Jeep doing 60?  I hope he made it; The person in the ditch? I called 911 for them. People, please, if you don’t have 4 wheel drive, or if you just got 4 wheel drive stay off the road until it is dry again. You can not drive. I know you think you can, but you can’t. Your a danger to yourself, and more importantly your a danger to those around you, including me.

Seriously stay home. You can’t drive.