Frosty the Snowdog

Second snow of fall 2012

This being Zappadan, you are strongly advised to watch out where the huskies go.

Imagine my astonishment when I arose this morning to find a December morning that looked like … well, like a December morning.

The temperature has yet to reach the forecast high of 20 degrees, and there is an evil wind out of the north, which took all the joy right out of snow dispersal. As usual, no shoveling was required; a broom was equal to the task. Or would have been, had the underlying layer of snow not been frozen tight to the sidewalk.

All in all, a fine day for remaining inside, where the whiskey is.

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22 Responses to “Frosty the Snowdog”

  1. Khal Spencer Says:

    Got ten to twenty flakes so far here in BombTown.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We wound up with an inch, tops. Just enough to make driving a contact sport and shock the mortal shit out of old guys who earn their meager livings from fiddling with two-wheeled contraptions.

  2. Libby Says:

    Happy Zappadan, Patrick!

  3. David R Says:

    It was over 70 here north of the city of Lost Angles. Not braggin’ or raggin’, just reporting.

    That is all…

  4. Khal Spencer Says:

    Required reading for you and me, Patrick.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/science/earth/federal-plans-for-colorado-river-include-pipeline.html?hp&_r=0

    • Larry T. Says:

      We live a minute or two away from the Mighty Mo and she’s not looking so mighty these days…though last year of course she flooded a lot of lower elevation places here. Flood last year, drought this year….as my friend said, “damn good thing this climate change stuff is just a hoax, otherwise I’d be worried!” Meanwhile the aquifer under the plains states is supposed to dry up in 20 years so conservation would seem to be the best plan? But what do I know?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good Lord. All this grand-doo and fooferaw so eejits can live in bluegrass-enveloped shitboxes in Saudi Aurora?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Or, so eejits can live in bluegrass enveloped shitbox developments in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico…water wars will be the next installment on War Between The States.

      • Steve O Says:

        Khal’s got that right.

        What does the constitution say about the Feds’ ability to keep one state from drinking another’s milkshake?

  5. Larry T. Says:

    I hear ya OG! Zero here this AM and yesterday the wind was howling out of the frozen north something fierce. So nasty outside that I dragged the hated trainer out of its corner of the shop and attached my winter bike to it! AGGHHHH! Watching an old video of the Giro di Lazio while sweating away has me longing for those 70 degree temps David R is describing above…..by the of this week we’ll be out there, where I hope he’s paid up on his “sunshine tax” in full so we don’t get rained on? We’re counting on YOU Davide!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, Bibleburg was a balmy 5 degrees this morning as Herself took to the interstate for her twice-weekly commute to Mile High. I considered a short run, then bagged it in favor of catching up on some light work. The trainer, meanwhile, remains unused in the basement. But I fear I’ll be on the sonofabitch sooner rather than later.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Nine degrees here this morning. I used it as an excuse to load the laptop and a week worth of food into Old Belchfire and drive to work. Go ahead, flog me….

  7. md anderson Says:

    Santa Fe got 6 inches and had all the requisite clusterfuck that comes with the first big snow and folks forgetting how to drive in the stuff. 84/285 was closed going north due to multiple unwilling “off road” adventures. My husband tried the back road route via Bishops Lodge to Tesuque. It was an equal cluster of fuck. A normal 20 min drive home took him over 2 hours. A mere dusting of the cats’ paws at home here in Pojoaque.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Not surprised that Bishop’s Lodge Road would be a clusterfuck. Its winding, narrow, and hilly. Add snow and ice and you get some serious funny business with the clueless drivers in these parts. Thank heavens that the Espanola 500 didn’t get snow. There would have been a grand run on funeral homes and ER beds.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ick. A friend and colleague lives in an adobe bowl just off Paseo de Peralta, and getting a motor vehicle out of there — the sort he tends to drive, anyway — is the infernal-combustion equivalent of a drunken fat man trying to climb out of an oiled bathtub.

      Here, after a day of meltage and the sort of plowing one gets in Libertardopolis (none) the peeyem drive-time types should be enjoying the fabled black ice. A guy ain’t even safe in his house under those circumstances. You’re liable to find yourself wearing a Yukon as a comforter, which often causes a fella to spill his beverage.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Always wondered about the plowing idea in the west. In both of the snowy places we’ve lived in (Western Mass and here on the frozen plains of Iowa) the city folks plow the snow away on all the streets. When visiting Denver in the winter I always wondered why they didn’t plow all of the streets? Cities elsewhere just as large manage to do it…why not in CO? What do they do with the gas tax money and other taxes collected to maintain the roads? The “just wait for the sun to melt it away” idea seems to be a subsidy of the automotive body and fender industry to me. Whazzup wid’ dat?

  8. md anderson Says:

    Part of the “only plow the main routes” method is that the roads really do tend to clear themselves. Sunshine combined with the low humidity means that the snow sublimates away. You don’t get the accumulated layers of ice that occurs in lower elevation climates. I grew up in upstate NY and I can tell you that there just isn’t the season long snow/ice issue here that there is back East.

    • khal spencer Says:

      What md said.. Its rare up in BombTown to have snow last for more than a few days. We do plow up here, since the public tends to bitch about even the smallest of inconveniences, but Ma Nature usually does the heavy lifting.

      Where in Upstate did you hail from, md? I was hatched in Buffalo and lived in WNY for my disformative years.

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