London calling

“He lay down on the snow and attempted to sleep,
but the frost soon drove him shivering to his feet.”

Buck and John Thornton must be shitting themselves.

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21 Responses to “London calling”

  1. si little Says:

    no razor wire for that masonry?

  2. SAO' Says:

    The school supe around here seems to trust the weather prognosticators. Canceled school for today before the first flake had fallen.

    But Chicken Little was right this time, the sky is in fact falling, or at least 6″ of it did.

    Oh the snow, the beautiful snow,
    filling the sky and earth below.
    Over the house tops and over the streets,
    over the heads of people you meet.

    Oh the snow, the beautiful snow,
    how the flakes gather and laugh as they go.
    Whirling about in their maddening fun,
    it plays in its glee with everyone.

    Chasing, laughing, hurrying by,
    it lights on the face and sparkles the eye.

    And even the dogs with a bark and a bound,
    snap at the crystals that eddy around.
    The town is alive and its heart in a glow
    to welcome the coming of beautiful snow.

    Bon Hiver Cicely!

    — Chris Stevens, “First Snow”

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Bah, humbug. Snow needs to stay above 6000 feet, where it belongs.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      This barely qualifies as snow. It’s wet. It’s white. And that’s about it. 33° outside, a fine temperature for a short run. As Herself often says, “We can do anything for 30 minutes.”

      Meanwhile, WordPress is nibbling away at me again. Now I can’t switch out the blog’s header in Safari 13.1.2. O buggah, etc. I can still do it on the iPad, and probably the iPhone, too, but none of the Macs can make that dawg hunt.

      So it’s either update the macOS to Mojave or download another browser. And whaddaya know? Firefox works. Winning, etc.

    • B Lester Says:

      Amen. Here where the big snow comes solely to aggravate, I’ve got a novel thought. Snow should be something to go and visit, then you go home.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        I can see some from my front window right now. It’s at about 7500 feet above sea level, and I know how to get to it. One of our favorite hikes, Ramsey Canyon Preserve Overlook, should get me into the snow. But, that switchback trail to it, with 10 resting benches along it, will have to wait for another day when it is warmer.

    • khal spencer Says:

      No one complains about snow in these parts. It is far better than having sand come out the water tap, or watching the trees burn.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Man, I hope it’s doing a better job of snowing way up high where we store our summertime drinking water. This half-stepping pissant wanna-be snow hasn’t even registered on our rooftop weather widget yet.

        But I bet it’s tamped down the dust on the trails. I’ma go find out here in a bit. Gotta be a whole lot easier than manning a trench on the Russian Front.

        Eh, not s'bad. ...

        • khal spencer Says:

          We got about two inches in the People’s Republic. Looks like the mountains are still socked in. LANL was closed due to snow. Let’s hope.

          Of course, a truck jackknifed on I-25 shutting down the Interstate.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          Ain’t that the truth. The sad, sorry, and pitiful truth. And, all just to satisfy the ego and fantasy of a cold war left over.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Annnnnnnnd, of course, since I troubled to mouth off it has begun snowing with a vengeance.

          Snow on the stoop

          • Shawn Says:

            What’s that? Do I see fluffy white stuff blowing around? Perhaps first tracks out on the bike tonight?

            I was just at the hardware store looking at the really neat wide “push style” snow shovels. They’re made in Canada and I could use one to replace my snow pushing broom. Of course as soon as I buy one it won’t snow, so I held off to purchase one like any good Las Vegas gambler.

            I read that CS&N pulled their plug from Spotify. I wonder if investors have spotted the trend yet?

    • SAO' Says:

      I shoveled for four hours this morning.

      30 minutes on my driveway, 30 minutes on my neighbors’ sidewalks (they’re both ER docs working weird shifts) and then three hours building ramps and jumps for the kids on the block the sled down.

      Gotta Advil-up now but it was worth it.

      • Shawn Says:

        Do you know they have an answer for that? It’s called melting. Buy then the kids wouldn’t have any fun jumps to sled down. But hey, why aren’t the kids doing that work? It seems to me I always did my own snow engineering projects.

        I hope you feel well enough in the morning to do the driveway of your other neighbor’s house. You know, the one that brings you cinnamon rolls. That’s what one of my nice neighbors does for me.

        • B Lester Says:

          Here in Cheeseland the big blow missed us to the south, don’cha know. Quite nice, as we shoveled three driveways by hand the last time. Blower wasn’t compressing on the compression stroke, so we ditched it and bought a new electric last week.

          We routinely get a six foot skate pond around our apron and mailbox, so it’s gotta stay clear. A couple of seasons ago, a wise-ass buddy pulls up in his pick-em-up truck, making that remark about it turning to water if you wait long enough. He got his window about halfway rolled up before my shovelful hit him broadside.

          • Shawn Says:

            I was kidding of course. In most cases my little section of the country receives snowstorms that unfortunately melt away in a day or so. We recently had a storm that many of the locals practiced the “I’ll just let it melt” philosophy and they ran into the difficulty that you, yourself take measures against. During that same storm, having the knowledge as you do, I shoveled the neighbor’s and mine (mine and the neighbor’s?) driveways and walks as needed. The hockey rink I had created surrounded by snowbanks was only suitable for roller hockey. Until the damn grader came by and created the berm across the driveway! @#&*$!!*(#

            Alas, I hope you and the kids are having a great time in the snow.

  4. Herb from Michigan Says:

    After trying a variety of “back-friendly” snow shovels I caved and went the dreaded power tool route.Those shovels were a scam and I chalked it up to once again being suckered by marketing and fake reviews. Now the electric Toro wings snow around leaving me to torque out my back doing other stupid things. Good snow tires beat the 300 foot gravel drive into submission since ya don’t dare plow or blow it. You end up with all the expensive stone exactly where you don’t want it.

  5. Dale E. Brigham Says:

    Yesterday, we shoveled 7″ of white stuff off of the driveway and walks. Overnight, we got about 2″ more–just to give us something to work on today. Glad I don’t have to go anywhere! Dale in Mid-MO

  6. carl duellman Says:

    i haven’t shoveled snow since the late ’70s when we lived in ohio. i don’t think i liked it but i was a kid that avoided chores like the plague. i think i would rather shovel snow than mow grass though. our yard is in a ‘wild’ state so it only gets mowed maybe twice a year and the girlfriend does it. how did i get so lucky?

  7. Dave Watts Says:

    Sure makes the yard pretty, don’t it?

    Chicago. We shovel it. We have to. Two gravel driveways, either of which could send weaponized missiles into everything and everybody if we resorted to these newfangled snow removing gadgets. Also, like everywhere else, we complain when the snow arrives with an inch or more accumulation. Moreover, when it *doesn’t* snow for a while, or is late (got none in Nov. or Dec.) a lot of people complain about that too. I just don’t want so much of it that we must to resort to buying a set of snow tires for each car.

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