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Old 12-16-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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With regard to where I am living and the weather, the dreaded cold (Syracuse broke a record that was set 99 years ago)..... minus temps..... makes everyone cranky. Terrible accident last night during the white outs, a woman lost her bearings while driving on the parkway, left the road, ended up front facing down into 4 ft of water, didn't know where she was and stepped out of car. She couldn't get out of the water (half frozen) and died. Very sad, just before the Holidays.

Have had bad snowy weather, clear today, more bad snow coming tonight. So after having lived in this area almost my whole life (I was born in Buffalo, NY and remember very high snow banks)..... it becomes "very old" after a short time. Most of the time people call it having cabin fever. Can't get out easily, snow deep, have to dig out, clean off car, struggle to the destination we are heading in...... so it's just not fun. I daydream of sunny beaches, etc.

But eventually along comes spring and there is no prettier time here.

That very nearly happened to me years ago when I lived in Michigan. I had been at some friends house till fairly late and driving home my car skidded in the snow, went off the road and down an embankment...till it hit boulders that kept it from going further. It was really dark but I could see 'some' water a little ways down. Managed to get back to the road and started walking when a car stopped and I got a ride to a local restaurant to call someone. I remember being leery of getting into a car with two guys and asked them a few questions, which annoyed them. lol Finally one said if I wanted a ride, get in or start walking. I got in. lol Anyway...next morning went to get my car and I had almost gone into a half frozen over small LAKE! Twice now, that I can remember, I just KNEW I had a guardian angel looking out for me and that was one of them!


Your second paragraph reminds me of living in No. Idaho. Snowed in, literally, from before Thanksgiving through Easter, every year. Had to cross country ski or use a 4 wheeler to get up and down the mountain. I never did get "cabin fever" because I really LOVED being up there and a good excuse to not go anywhere! lol

 
Old 12-16-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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AZDesertBrat: So glad you made it to safety and are able to tell this story. I can relate to the getting in a car with people you don't know; sometimes you just have to pray that angels came to help.
 
Old 12-16-2016, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I agree that's seriously cold. But why vent? Isn't that what you expect at various times during the winter if you live in Minnesota? I don't believe you're new to Minnesota, so you're not just making a new discovery. It would be like people who live in Buffalo, New York complaining about the amount of snow. Or people in the hotter parts of the southwestern deserts complaining that the temperature got up to 110 degrees during the summer. Or me in the Los Angeles area complaining about the traffic. All those things are automatic go-withs.

I have spent a week or two at Christmas time more than once in Buffalo, New York, and I very much enjoyed it, The icy wind coming off Lake Erie is bracing! Of course yes, I would tire of it eventually. But in that climate, the houses are built for it - super well insulated, double pane glass, etc. And people have serious winter clothing for the very serious cold you described. For driving in the ice and snow there are studded snow tires or chains, the latter a minor pain to put on/take off I admit.

So each climate has its own challenges. When I was 14 we moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles and I missed the changing of the seasons. (We do have seasonal changes in Los Angeles, actually, but they are small enough so as to not really count in the sense that the term is normally understood).

What heating system do you have in the building where you live? I have natural gas forced air, which of course doesn't get used all that much, but I would hate to be without it.
We've been spoiled the last few years. And yes, outside of three years, I've lived in Minnesota my entire life. It should not be a surprise & it isn't really. My apartment is nice & warm, baseboard heating & buildings here are highly insulated.

Guess I just like to complain, lol.
 
Old 12-16-2016, 05:04 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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We've been spoiled the last few years. And yes, outside of three years, I've lived in Minnesota my entire life. It should not be a surprise & it isn't really. My apartment is nice & warm, baseboard heating & buildings here are highly insulated.

Guess I just like to complain, lol.
I expect your accident and subsequent disabilities have changed things a little. Vent away. I have certainly never thought of you as a complainer.

At least soon the days will start getting longer. I can hardly wait.
 
Old 12-16-2016, 05:40 PM
 
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We've been spoiled the last few years. And yes, outside of three years, I've lived in Minnesota my entire life. It should not be a surprise & it isn't really. My apartment is nice & warm, baseboard heating & buildings here are highly insulated.

Guess I just like to complain, lol.
sheesh - it is in the 50s here and it is still too chilly - lol
 
Old 12-16-2016, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I expect your accident and subsequent disabilities have changed things a little. Vent away. I have certainly never thought of you as a complainer.

At least soon the days will start getting longer. I can hardly wait.
How's your new house? Getting things done?

I'm off to shovel the first 5 of 10" off my walkway & l-o-n-g driveway.

Where's Escort? Git yourself over here and help - then we'll see who the complainer is..

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Old 12-16-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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How's your new house? Getting things done?

I'm off to shovel the first 5 of 10" off my walkway & l-o-n-g driveway.

Where's Escort? Git yourself over here and help - then we'll see who the complainer is..
That was quick - only about 4" has fallen so far (it's going all night) and it's that light fluffy stuff - love it. So quiet - the snow muffles all sound - Xmas lights on many homes - people walking their pooches.

Lets sing it:

"Fa la la la la, la la la la! ♫♫♫♫♫♫"
 
Old 12-16-2016, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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We've been spoiled the last few years. And yes, outside of three years, I've lived in Minnesota my entire life. It should not be a surprise & it isn't really. My apartment is nice & warm, baseboard heating & buildings here are highly insulated.

.............
I've read good things about baseboard heating. What heats the base boards? Circulating hot water? Electric heating elements?
 
Old 12-16-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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That was quick - only about 4" has fallen so far (it's going all night) and it's that light fluffy stuff - love it. So quiet - the snow muffles all sound - Xmas lights on many homes - people walking their pooches.

Lets sing it:

"Fa la la la la, la la la la! ♫♫♫♫♫♫"
Spoken like a true Minnesotan.
 
Old 12-16-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'm off to shovel the first 5 of 10" off my walkway & l-o-n-g driveway.

Where's Escort? Git yourself over here and help - then we'll see who the complainer is..
Oh, I know what it's like to shovel snow! Just because I currently live in Southern California doesn't mean that I've lived here all my life or that I've never been anywhere else for extended stays during the winter. Nor do I think I've forgotten how - sort of like one never forgets how to ride a bicycle or how to swim. I wouldn't want to reduce the beneficial exercise you're getting by showing up to help. (You can see I have your best interests at heart).
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