Discussion in 'Taking a Break From Flooring' started by DJ, Dec 7, 2009.
Sunny and 62 today. Cooked outside on the grill.
The past week here has been floating above freezing. For all our complaining, this, so far, has been an easy winter for us. We only had maybe 2" of snow before that last cold snap; we have only had to shovel once ... . Now there is little snow in evidence, but a bit of ice in the back yard. We are halfway through it, the last two winters all we did was shovel and we were buried. Nice change. Send that warmth up here, Rusty.
We've been in the upper 30's for the last 2 weeks with some rain. Las vegas looks to be getting rain now. All the times I have been there I have only seen clouds once and that was last year during Surfaces.
I hate snow storms. I have missed 5 days of work in the last month due to snow storms. I get really sick of sitting around the house doing nothing.
Well I am snow bound again. Been snowing since midnight with wind 35-45mph. That is twice this year. Now I know what life will be after my wife retires in a couple of years. She has been under foot all day. Rearranging closets; cleaning drawers, etc.
Not sure I will get dug out tomorrow either.
Oh well, I have no place to go anyway.
You could get the ladder out and clean snow off the roof,
It's not nice to pick on old people!
The cold and the snow hasn't really bothered me too much the past week or 2. It's the damn electricity. I can remember as a kid the juice would go off for a day or 3 at a time, but as I got older, those times would be shorter and shorter. Last year the juice was off only twice all winter and then for only maybe a couple hours.
In the last 10 days, the electricity has gone off here a BUNCH of times - maybe a dozen times. It stays off for anywhere from an hour to 6 or 8 hours. Several days the juice has gone off 3 or 4 times in a 24 hour period.
This has really screwed with my sleep/wake cycles. There's nothing to do when the juice goes off and my heat is all electrical too. So I usually try to sleep through it. 'Course, when you sleep when you're usually awake, it's hard to go to sleep when you normally would. Because I have to use an oxygen concentrator when I sleep, when the juice goes off, I have to substitute a big tank of o2. I usually pack my o2 in a backpack, but those small tanks don't last very long. I only keep a few big tanks for emergency use - like when the juice goes off. I've had to make 2 extra trips to Reno to get replacement tanks.
I doubt I'm making a bit of sense right now because my sleep schedule is so screwed up I can't think straight. I just got up a little while ago and it feels like morning, but it's 3PM. This is the worst winter I can remember in many, many years - and it isn't because of the cold. I learned yesterday (or was it day before yesterday) that the PG&E crews here are short-handed and cut back and that's why the maintenance hasn't been done and repairs get done so slowly.
I'll crawl back in my hole now.
I think Rusty took out a policy on you Dick .
Jim have you advised PG&E that you are o2 dependent. They should have your home flagged to get your lines powered up first. We are expecting ice storm here Wed. evening and Thursday. I am ready for summer. RIGHT NOW!
Thanks, Rusty, it hit the low 40s here yesterday and rained all day. So much for what little snow we had left. Temps dropping tonight and we are expecting a little snow tomorrow, but we've not seen a traditional winter here yet. We are hoping to cruise through the end of it.
Jim, Tandy is right ~ let your power company know that you have O2 in use and they will fast-track your hydro repairs. Be safe.
sunny today, dry,50 jim,a 400watt power inverter last's me a bout 6 hours on a tv and vcr/dvd or longer if ya start your vehicle every couple hours.
The lines that come down aren't local lines, they're up on the hill and feed whole sections of town. Most of the time, when the juice is out here, it's still on in the main part of town. When the main part of town is out, it's still on here.Oh jeez the juice just now went out again while typing this and I don' t know if it'll be back on so I can post this.
Back on again minutes later. Thank God for a laptop computer. But when the juice goes out, so does the cable TV and my phone, which is also my Internet connection.
Anyway, there are people with health problems that rely on electricity all over the place, so they can't get any individual homes or apartments back up before anyone else. It just doesn't work that way. An inverter or generator might help with lights and heat, but I don't have either. I did watch a movie on my computer though and that was nice. I don't know how long the battery actually lasts, but there was less than 30% left after the movie that time.
You watching it on Fancast T ?
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Have a lot of old TV shows to . I was going through all the old rockford files just to hear his answering machine .
I didn't know about Fancast until you posted. Nice. But no, I use NetFlix and it gets me through these cold winter days (and warm summer nights).
Tandy, would it be possible for you to jump out there and stop that stuff from getting any further east?
Supposed to be here Wed. night, of course I'll be working. I have a trainee riding with me Wed. and Thur. nights.
Trainee: "Hey, look! A twelve-car pileup!"
Me: "Yeah, that is something. Jump out there and take care of that. I'll
be here monitoring the temperature inside the car."
Talked to my sister in southern Minnesota last night and they were in the middle of a blizzard. I-90 east and west, and I-35 north and south were closed. She also said that it is a sheet of glazed ice under it due to thawing and rain first. Her husband drives truck and was susposed to pull out today.
So far we have maybe an inch but am in the path for what sis is getting.
Only white out I have ever driven through was down there. Last year- could barely see the end of my hood. If I didn't have a GPS I would have had no idea where I was. I'm still amazed they are having one- I didn't have an inspection set up down there
Kman someone stole the door I needed to close. The forecast for Thursday is we will get 1" to 1 1/2" of ice then 2" TO 3" of snow on top of the ice. Get that rookie back in the car with you and let him do all the outside work. Be sure you have a large thermo bottle of coffee and the heater is working perfect.
Tandy you forgot the donuts.