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Will we have any Americans today ? Reports suggest they're all snowed in.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:40:45 AM EST
Shouldn't we have more, if they can not go to work?
by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:49:06 AM EST
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depends on your attitude. Last time I was snowed in we had no electric for four days so in I curled up in front of the log fire and enjoyed the back-to-nature vibe (and barbecue for lunch and dinner)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:54:42 AM EST
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Oh, what does the electricity have to do with the snow?
by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:56:17 AM EST
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British power stations don't work in the wrong kind of snow.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:58:15 AM EST
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Well, what kind of snow do they burn, then?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:59:42 AM EST
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How can you have the "wrong kind of snow?"

Never mind.  I don't want to know.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 06:43:23 PM EST
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dry and powdery rather than wet and sticky, gets inside engines of British trains for example and stops them running.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 07:10:42 PM EST
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Oh I wish I had that picture. My sister's Volvo parked outside in her driveway...got shoveled out and she hops in and starts it...or tries. It's trying to turn over but nothing's happening.

Time to look under the hood and behold, the entire engine compartment was packed right to the firewall with that dry, white, wispy stuff, only the wind blowing in her grill compacted it. The way her house and barn are situated, the wind is focused and screams through the gap, and she was parked facing windward.

Her engine was just ruined. Her husband got out the blow dryer and extension cord and melted the snow in his equally packed engine compartment before trying to start his Isuzu.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 08:20:42 PM EST
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If I'd had an internet connection back then, I wouldn't have been online cos the computer would have lacked go-juice.

Plus, the lack of electric meant that staying within glow reach of the fire was pretty important. And there wasn't any point staying up when the sun went down.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:18:36 PM EST
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Nope, not all of us.  Seems to be fine.  Trains and buses were running well.  Got into the office at the usual time.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:49:18 AM EST
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I can feel your disappointment form here ;-))

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:51:12 AM EST
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Meh, I reckon we got about 6 inches, so it was a little shy of what was needed to shut down the Metro.  Oh, well.

So we're exercising some batshit crazy Midwesternism "flinty Chicago toughness."

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:02:18 PM EST
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I'm fresh out of flintiness, since whatever the rest of the country is flipping out about has been going on here since November.  Worst winter on record here.  Freak unexpected blizzard yesterday.  I'm sick.  Just this side of dressing in furs, eating seal blubber and going to work riding a reindeer.  

The thing about the cold, about the snow, is that it kills you by making your brain very sleepy, and you just want to lie down and let the cold consume you.  It's very disturbing.  I can't think of another dangerous weather condition that does that.  Normally, the brain does the flight or fight thing when in a life-threatening situation.  Except in hypothermia.  The you try to burrow and hibernate.

Victim may feel sick to their stomach, and very tired. Often, a person will experience a warm sensation, as if they have recovered, but they are in fact heading into Stage 2. (...)

Movements are slow and labored, accompanied by a stumbling pace and mild confusion, although the victim may appear alert.(...)

the victim exhibits incoherent/irrational behavior including terminal burrowing or even a stupor(...)

An important tenet of treatment is that a person is not dead until he/she is warm and dead. Remarkable accounts of recovery after prolonged cardiac arrest have been reported in patients with hypothermia, like children who have been submerged in cold lakes for more than 15 minutes, being called mini-hibernation.

I'm currently experiencing some kind of existential generalized hypothermia together with the irritability that accompanies cabin fever.  The only thing keeping me from going all Jack Torrance is that I am too sleepy and lethargic.  No energy for homicide.  I just want to burrow and sleep.

The rest of you have no excuse though.  Get to work!

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:45:45 PM EST
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Ha. Ha. Ha.

Cold, but no snow here in the Ohio valley.

I'm ready for spring.

Classes, journal submissions, and the nice letters that they send back, :( , and the realization that the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket, is making pretty pissed off about the fact that it's still so damn cold.


And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:50:49 PM EST
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If you go to work on a reindeer we want photos.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 01:41:26 PM EST
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Okay, but I think I get to win on rage points for the moment, because some dumbass set something on fire and forced the whole building to evacuate about an hour ago.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 01:54:59 PM EST
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Has the Secret Service been inspecting chimneys in your work place?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:18:31 PM EST
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'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:20:13 PM EST
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to keep it.

Ever since my first job after Grad School in 1980 I've witnessed the Dilbertization of US industry/research with a few exceptions.  Explains a lot about the state of US industry in general and probably includes Banking.

Dilbert.com

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:48:29 PM EST
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Here we're running 20 to 25 degrees (F) above normal and all our snow pack is melting.  

We've been under a Fire Weather Watch since early February.

Our fruit trees are in flower.

Suspect the yucky weather to the east is being caused by the same factors as our unusual heat:  Global Climate Change.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 06:53:49 PM EST
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