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10 Things I Have Learned This Winter

1. No one controls the weather. If it wants to start snowing just when rush hour starts, it will.

2. Always visit the restroom before you leave the office for the day.

3. An electric snow shovel is no use in a power failure.

4. There is an enormous difference between a small amount of light and no light.

5. It's good to diversify your appliances; a gas water heater is still works in a power failure.

6. A booklight is a handy thing to have in a power failure. You can not only read with it, you can clip it onto something and aim the light where you need to, like say the shower, where you are trying to wash your hair in the dark.

7. Always be sure to keep your gas tank near full when driving in bad weather.

8. Being really thirsty and really hungry can be good things, if you have to pee really badly. The first two take your mind off of the third. (see item 2)

9. No matter how bad the roads are, there will be at least one idiot who still tailgates (usually he will be right behind me)

10. Keep your Kindle charged and in your purse/backpack at all times! Once you have turned the engine off, it's okay to read behind the wheel.

It's supposed to be warmer this weekend, so I was thinking about spring and reflecting on how truly sucky the winter has been. A 7-1/2 hour commute, followed by an hour and a half digging out the driveway enough to park the car, and then going into a cold, dark, powerless house will make anyone sick of winter. A few days with only intermittent power will then induce a philosophical monologue or the kind of list shown above.

I just hope that damn groundhog is right!


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mtlawson
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
7 1/2 hour commute????

/boggle

I'm amazed you had enough gas for that.
mtlawson
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh oh. I just realized what I wrote.

Scratch that last comment.

/facepalm
karen_w_newton
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Well, we were worried, but a good four to five hours was sitting with the engine turned off. Luckily, there were three of us in the car, so I had company and it was still reasonably warm with the heat turned off. It was spooky though, because once it got dark, the thunder made weird flashes through the glare of the snow. And then big clumps of snow would fall on the car from the trees overhead, like a giant was throwing snowballs at us. It felt like we were in a Stephen King movie. Some of the guys in nearby cars walked into the woods after a while, presumably to take a leak, but I didn't see any women doing that.
mtlawson
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Wow. That was something to put down in a story.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 12th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
If I wrote horror, maybe. -)
a_r_williams
Feb. 12th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
An electric snow shovel??? O_0

I don't know, but my mind keeps thinking of something akin to a light saber. You turn it on an ::vmmmmm: this electric shovel blade springs out ready to melt the snow.

Now, I know that's completely wrong, and I'm assuming it has a normal blade to shovel the snow with, but it would be an interesting invention in the SW world.
karen_w_newton
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's really just a small snow blower but they market it as a "power shovel". I like your idea, though!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
You know, the weather report was accurate, but apparently no one paid any attention to it. I knew. I was safely home and ensconced by 2pm. Told sister at 50 and Beltway to get a hotel room at 8am. She did and was safely settled there by 4:30pm, 2 miles from her work. The woman she often carpools with left work after she did and didn't get home to P'ville until 3am. There are advantages to being a Weather Wife, apparently.

And if your gas water heater uses an electric spark, it won't work in a power outage. Some do. Silly idea, but there you have it. And you had water in an outage? I don't. Everything is electric, the well, the septic pump, all of it. Also the part of my house on oil heat. The furnace needs...an electric spark to start. I missed having coffee the most. A neighbor with power sent over a thermos of it last year.

There's such a thing as an electric shovel? Add that to things I learned!
karen_w_newton
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
See above comment about the "shovel." And reading your posts has convinced me I am not cut out to live on a farm. :)
peadarog
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
t's supposed to be warmer this weekend, so I was thinking about spring and reflecting on how truly sucky the winter has been. A 7-1/2 hour commute, followed by an hour and a half digging out the driveway enough to park the car, and then going into a cold, dark, powerless house will make anyone sick of winter. A few days with only intermittent power will then induce a philosophical monologue or the kind of list shown above.

Ouch! We had only two or three weeks of that and we thought we were cursed! Fear not! Spring approacheth...
karen_w_newton
Feb. 12th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Cursed about sums it up. I can't wait for spring!
tracy_d74
Feb. 12th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, this sounds awful.
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