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SNOW - city folks panic
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 12-05-2002 at 05:37:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
NYC area expects 4 to 8 inches of the white stuff today and the City shuts down. Schools cancelled, folks panic, etc. I'm glad I just sold my car. No more damn alternate-side of the street parking regulations to worry about, plus the repairs, car insurance, breakins, dead battery, gas bills. Heck, I can get free gas by going to my local greasy spoon cafe and eating a double Whopper.


Rubintropfen    Posted 12-05-2002 at 11:14:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew up in Buffalo, NY, and now live east of the city. I have had a number of learning experiences as a result of snow storms. One of my fond youthful memories is looking for cars in a parking lot with a broomstick after the blizzard of '77. It just seemed hilarious at the time.

I was in the middle of Long Island during a snow event that shut down NYC in the early '90's. All flights were cancelled but I managed to rent a car and drive out. They closed the Throg's Neck bridge shortly after I went through. I don't know why, because it wasn't snowing that hard and the roads were still passable. Fortunately, there were not many people on the roads (about the same proportion of idiots as anywhere else). But the Taurus with all-season radials did fine. Once I crossed the Tappan-Zee it was smooth sailing.

In November of 2000 I got stuck on the NYS Thruway when we got about 2' of snow during the afternoon commute. We were moving OK until a semi jack-knifed about a mile and a half ahead of us. There was nowhere to go. I had decent winter gear, but only had 1/4 tank of gas, and no food. In the morning we dug out and were ready to move when the vehicles in front were cleared. It took me about 24 hours to make what is normally a one hour round trip. I now pay more attention to the gas gauge and keep a little food in my vehicle in the winter.

I got almost 2' of snow this past Sunday night. But the blower and chains weren't on the tractor yet, and I got stuck trying to get back up the slope into the barn after dropping the blade. Took a little while to dig out and put the chains on so I could get the job done. I guess I'm still learning.


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 12-05-2002 at 09:10:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't kid yourself...I've seen many a country folk in Oregon poop a purple twinkie when the flakes start ta flyin'....used to close school in Colton, OR. for 1 inch of the white stuff.


DeadCarp    Posted 12-05-2002 at 09:21:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess no city is above a snow panic - when they'd get a couple inches years ago in Seattle, i'd gas up the Packard and drive around trying to find a hill it wouldn't climb. And watch them try to straighten out the jack-knifed city busses all over town! Those drivers didn't come from Minnesota! :)


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 12-05-2002 at 09:27:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's still the same there now...My wife and I were out to dinner on a paddle wheeler in the river a few years back and there was an ice storm...it was sure fun drivin home...the police cars were havin a heck of a time...and it took an hour and a half to drive twenty minutes. That was in Portland, OR.


hay    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:30:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
you talk about panic when it snows, then you outta be down here in se texas. we don't get much snow and not very often , but when it does happen look out!. it is the best destruction derby you ever saw. seems like every nut wacko comes out just to slide around and go through every ditch they can find. it's kinda like the bumper cars ride at the amusement park. see how many you can crash into.


Mike D. Snow always reminds me of long ago days.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:57:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a younger man (way the heck younger!)
I plowed snow for the state (Indiana) and marveled at the folks that cussed us whenever the plow went past their farm lane. The only folks that didn't care seemed to be the dairy guys. They had bigger plows on those red & white tractors than we had on worn out state trucks.
When I would plow through the city I would always make a pass through the Mr. Donut lot. The baker would meet me at the door with a thermos of coffee and a few donuts.
By the time I turned back from near Bluffton and headed back on Rt 3 north to Fort Wayne I'd pass the road into the municipal airport (Baer Field).
There I'd swing through the intersection and plow a few circles through it and spread salt/sand. When I would reach the donut shop back on the south end of town the parking lot would have a city police car, usually the city fire cheif, and maybe an ambulance or two.
Not responding from calls, mostly getting ready for the calls.
Aside from being a dad, I'd have to say it was one of my favorite jobs. I could go on about it. Never tired of going into work. Problem was you had to mow ditchbanks in the spring. That was when I'd wonder off for a framing crew.


Willy-N    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:18:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
We allways bake up a big batch of cookies and fudge for the road crew during the winter time, and they never plow in my driveway when they go by!! It is nice when after you just cleared the drive out and the plow comes by and fills it up with 4 ft of snow! This way they turn the blade a little and throws it away from the entrance. They also turn around in my drive so I get a little sand at the same time. It realy pays to be nice to the road crew they can make life easier on you in the winter months. Mark H.


Jim (Mi)    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:58:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I plow my and three of my neighbors during the winter. The one guy the farthest down always has freshly baked
cookies waiting for me that his wife makes. I think once she see's the snow falling she lites up the oven. They of
course are second on the list of driveways. :>) I love being the local plow guy. When the others asked me to plow, they volunteered to pay me I told them no way, it was just more Allis time.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:37:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sometimes a little bit goes a long way Mark. The graders around here have a gate on the main blade that they drop and carry the snow by, then all you get is what comes off the wing. That helps a bit.
Later bob


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:15:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes Mike it's enjoyable plowing snow, everything clean and white, the headlights really show things up good. Just have to go in and warm the hands and feet sometimes though, never had a cab on the tractor.
Later Bob


Pitch    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:30:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot of folks around here get stupid when it snows. (upstate NY) 'specially people with suv's They seem to think that 4wd means that they don't have to slow down at all for bad roads and will fly by you doin 60. 'Course they seem to forget that4wd makes you go but it don't help a bit to stop you. Then at the other end of the spectrum you got the folks that have no clue what winter treads are and attemp to drive with their silly "all Season" read summer treads on their cars and end up balling everyone up cause they can't control it at any faster than 20 or 25.
PLEASE if you live in a snow belt prepare your car for winter or stay off the roads. I have a 2wd half ton that rarely if ever gets used in the winter snow treads and 250 lbs of sand in the box, a chevy AWD van that is probably the best winter vehicle that I have ever owned and Momma has a front drive chevy with 4 studded tires on it which will go darn near any where and stop on a dime.


Ana - I'm with you, Pitch    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:54:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
First snow every year, the people here in Missouri have to learn all over again--if they learn at all--that they need to slow down. 4X4's (which includes most SUV's) were designed as utility vehicles, not race cars! I've never seen so many roll-overs! Extra weight, careful driving, and snow tires: makes good sense, thanks.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:53:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good post. Excellent advice.


Willy-N    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:09:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we get 4 inches of snow it only means I have to put chains on my school bus. When we get 12 inches I hope the plow comes thru first and realy need the Chains to drive the kids to the next bus stop. Once the chains are on they stay on for allmost 3 months!! Then I get to plow my driveway with my tractor for several months too! Mark H.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:08:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark was the pic of the chicken house taken yesterday? we don't have that much snow here now.
Later Bob


Willy-N    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:12:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
That was last years but we have a little right now maybe 1/2+ inch and the ground is white and frozen now. Any day now it will dump a load on us and it is not going away till spring!! Mark H.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 06:11:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't worry Joe, your subway cars will keep going, Bombardier built them and they started out building snow mobiles.
Later Bob


Cowboy Joe    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:18:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
YUP. Those subway cars were built up in your neck of the woods; they're tough stuff.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 08:05:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joe, that is some storm that's coming your way, just looked at it on the net.Good thing you don't have a car to worry about today, it's enough just getting yourself home.
Later Bob


Cowboy Joe    Posted 12-05-2002 at 19:03:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes. The subway was the best & only good way to travel today.


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