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Old 02-10-2015, 12:30 PM
Location: SW MO
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Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
You trouble-maker, you, LOL.

I remember those old elevators that looked like cages. They were sort of scary.
Elevator operators are a sore subject with me. Before I blissfully retired as a political and legislative analyst I spent copious amounts of working time at the California state capitol, as did my wife who was also an analyst. A sore point for me was the elevator on the Senate side of the building. It hade been modernized some years before to push button rather than the old-time, manual operation. Nonetheless, the job of elevator operator was alive and well. There they sat on a comfortable chair, asking, "Which floor please" then pushing the appropriate button to get you there.

The people's tax dollars hard at work!

Old 02-10-2015, 12:43 PM
Location: UpstateNY
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^^^ ...sounds like NY...

I dug out the plow truck, the snow was waist high. I had to dig out to the driver door, all around the hood and plow, and around to the passenger door so I could get at the battery.

On a hunch I tried to start it, but the battery only was good for a few cranks.

So I figured what the hay, and figured out how to unlatch the hood, got the thing up high enough to get the prop rod in the hole to hold it up. The danged thing weighs at least 60 pounds! The worst that could have happened was I couldn't lift it and it goes crashing down and closes.

Went in the shop and wheeled out the big battery charger, hooked up the clamps, and ran an extension cord and plugged her in.

This will be a huge load off of DH; I am scared to death of him on those crooked stone steps up to the barn.

Old 02-10-2015, 01:19 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 15 days ago)
Location: Cody, WY
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The biggest snow that I ever experienced was right at 50 inches on the level measured after it had stopped. I never had any trouble reaching the road about 1/4 mile away, however, because I had gone out every couple of hours and driven through the fresh snow to mash it down. When it was over I was probably driving over 18'' of hardpack. The county had been plowing their road during this time so it was easy enough to get around with 4WD.

This happened in Colorado at the end of March, 1977. Interestingly, it had been a very dry year. In fact, that season inspired ski areas to install artificial snow machines.

Late February, 1988 had the coldest weather I ever experienced in what had been a mild winter. A cold air mass in Canada had sat in one spot for weeks. When it moved down it was so large and so cold that there were subzero temperatures recorded well south of the Mexican border and covering virtually the whole continent east of the Sierras. A reporting station in Ohio recorded record high barometric pressure (corrected to sea level) for the country. I believe that I had about two feet of snow that time.

I recall that there were many transplants from NYS in the high country. I never heard one complain about snow.

I remember driving tthrough Denver towards the end of a particularly snowy winter. I passed a travel agency that had a small marquis in front. The travel agency people had a large sign saying that the temperature in _______ (some Caribbean hellhole although I don't recall which) was 90 or something like that. Yuck! No hot and humid for me! Denver people are weaklings.

Besides, how much fun is it to claim that you survived a tropical winter and I never saw a smile on the faces of those who had survived hurricanes, but people are all smiles after big snows or cold waves. You folks in NY and NE are tough; be proud of yourselves.

Here's an interesting fact. Deaths worldwide from heat exceed deaths from all other weather causes including tidal waves.

Last edited by Happy in Wyoming; 02-10-2015 at 01:55 PM..
Old 02-10-2015, 01:23 PM
Location: UpstateNY
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Egads, 50 inches in one blow? I think our highest is twenty something........

{{{{{HiW}}}}} I don't know if I'm proud of being tough or dumb enough to live here for the last 24 years......
Old 02-10-2015, 04:41 PM
Location: SoCal desert
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Originally Posted by jean_ji View Post
We spent the evening putting a freeze on our credit accounts at all three credit reporting agencies and a fraud alert. This is due to the Anthem hacking that occurred last week. Apparently Anthem didn't encrypt stored data, only data being actively used. They aren't required to and didn't and they are not alone. 80 million people may have had their data stolen: names, addresses, email addresses, birth dates, employment info and SS#'s. Anthem will be contacting people by mail to let them know if they are affected, they don't want to use possibly compromised email addresses.

We decided to be proactive; a freeze cost $10 for each reporting agency and will be inconvenient. If we need a credit check from someone, we will have to pay for a temporary lift and it takes longer. We thought about it and decided the money and inconvenience are a small price to pay. There may still be problems but we won't be wide open credit-wise. And we aren't waiting on Anthem. Who knows what other company has our data that is storing without encryption, which is common. It's all about their bottom line for them, but this is our lives. We can protect our credit better but the info is all there for identity theft. Apparently if we are ones affected, Anthem will enroll us in an idenity repair program. Gee, thanks.
Also Anthem Blue Cross here, but my credit has been frozen for more than a few years.
Yes, it's an inconvenience when you have to unfreeze - you'll receive PIN's to unlock (I received mine snail-mail) - Hint #1 - DON'T LOSE THEM!
Hint #2 - Don't lose the PINS
Hint #3 - if a company wants to check your credit, ask them which agency they use. Then you only unlock that one for the minimum time (7 days, I think)
Old 02-10-2015, 04:55 PM
Location: UpstateNY
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Thanks for the credit freeze tips, all. Luckily I've never had to do it.
Old 02-10-2015, 08:17 PM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Originally Posted by Gandalara View Post
Also Anthem Blue Cross here, but my credit has been frozen for more than a few years.
Yes, it's an inconvenience when you have to unfreeze - you'll receive PIN's to unlock (I received mine snail-mail) - Hint #1 - DON'T LOSE THEM!
Hint #2 - Don't lose the PINS
Hint #3 - if a company wants to check your credit, ask them which agency they use. Then you only unlock that one for the minimum time (7 days, I think)
Thanks for the tips! I read the dire warnings about the PIN numbers. The difference in the sites was interesting; for one I had to make an account, the other two I didn't. I don't see us having our credit checked anytime soon and I'm leaning towards keeping our accounts frozen permanently.
Old 02-10-2015, 08:39 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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With 80 inches of snow on the ground and our snow paths all covered up again by the adorable town plows, dh has decided that tomorrow he will take two long boards, tie ropes to them, and attempt to get to the car! He will plonk one board in front of the other, walk on them, and then pull the back one toward him, pick it up, and plop it in front of him.

Dog is doing fine though--one of us stands on the top step holding his leash and he flies down the snowy steps, walks on top of the several feet of frozen show, climbs the frozen snow mountain that lines the road, making yellow areas as he goes along, and does his poo in the middle of the snowy road.

Then, when one of us hollers, "COOKIE", he reverses the process--really fast.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:59 AM
Location: UpstateNY
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^^^ I should have sent you those snowshoes I sold on ebay.......

DH forced himself into the plow truck yesterday, got the barn and corral and road up to the barn plowed out, did the mailbox but gave up on the driveway, the pain was too much. Hoping he sleeps in today.

Blessings all. Another tough winter.
Old 02-11-2015, 07:11 AM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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first let me say thank you to everyone for your kind words and support about Calypso. On Sunday temps here were in the low 60's and we spent some time together out in the back yard. She did look longingly at the pond, wishing I'd let her go for a swim but the water was frozen just a few days ago and even if she'd been in perfect health it was much too cold. I shot dozens and dozens of pix of her, thanks to the wonder of digital cameras. I managed to get 4 or 5 that are nice ones. On Monday morning she turned away from every type of food offered to her and I knew it was time. When I came home from the vets office without her both of the other dogs came and sat with me, their heads in my lap as if they understood what had just happened.

I'm wishing that I could wave a magic wand and transport all of us who are sick of winter's misery out to The Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley for a couple of all expenses paid weeks of vacation there. Of course folks like Escort Rider and PhxBarb would be invited to come join us too, even though the weather in their home regions is not cold and snowy. The pool is fed by an underground spring and the temp of the water is around 88 degrees all the time. When I lived in CA I took a couple of camping vacations there and it has a stark beauty that is quite special.

A couple of catalogs arrived yesterday from seed and nursery companies but it seems like the growing season is still so far off that it's hard to even think about such things yet.

I had been looking forward to a 12 day classical music event this summer with young musicians coming to Floyd from various locations to study and perform with members of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra but there just was not enough funding to make it happen this year. I was to have housed a few students. David Wiley, director of both the Roanoke SO and the Long Island Philharmonic was the creator of this event. I hope it can come about in another year or two.
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