Friday, November 14, 2014

And So It Begins...

The View from the Battlements on Friday Morning
Friday morning started with the alarm going off. Odd because normally I wake up before the alarm. Waking up to the alarm is a bit of a shock.

So I'm up, I stumble to the head and commence the morning ablutions. 'Twas then that I noticed that it seemed oddly bright outside. Opening the curtain I saw the above.

The white stuff.

Frozen precipitation.



And so it begins.

What a difference a day makes!
Monday Evening

At least it didn't stick to the roads.

Thank God it's Friday.


  1. That much snow down here would have us cancelling school and all forms of craziness. People driving at 10MPH in a 70 because "Safety" and that's with NO ice. When there's Ice, the same dopes drive at 70. I love my state and it's people, but when it comes to winter driving, I think most leave their brains at home.

    1. It is my observation that the vast majority of the planet's automobile operators are totally clueless when it comes to winter driving.

      And you have given me an idea for a post. Thanks Juvat!

    2. I remember back in the late '80's I was visiting relatives in Mesquite, Texas and it had snowed the morning were to head back to Tulsa. There was about an inch of snow on the ground (just about enough to leave a footprint). People in their cars were so traumatized that they almost couldn't function. It took us 4 1/2 hours just to get to the Oklahoma state line. But you know what? They're just about as bad here in Missouri. Like Chris said, most people are totally clueless when it comes to winter driving!

      My wife has always said that in every city where we've lived, there's an insane asylum where they give all the inmates a car and tell them to go out and have fun
      when it snows!!

    3. Heh. Your wife's theory is very much like my own. Tell her from me, "Good one!"

  2. Yeah, we got it too. Like you, I took pictures and posted them. It's hard to resist.

    Looking out from the battlement I espied me a bright light on that building over there. You know pellet guns make almost no noise at all. OTOH, some people like a bright light all night for the safety that's in it.

    1. Sharp eyes, Cap'n.

      I know the guy who rents that industrial-looking building on the right in that photo (gymnastics studio). Prior to that spotlight being put in, he told me there were all sorts of nefarious activities going on in that parking lot once the sun went down. I had to call the constabulary more than once after he tipped me off and I started keeping an eye on things. Once the light went up, those activities dropped to nearly zero.

      On the other hand, I don't need to turn any lights on in the middle of the night. Seriously. I'd prefer the dark but for the safety that's in it, I'll tolerate it.

  3. Oceana, 1980 or so, a brief snowfall and sudden chill caused quite the ongoing, low-speed pileup at the main gate. Succeeding waves would lock 'em up about a hundred yards short of the junk pile and slowly, majestically spin into the scrum, like so many colorful curling stones. That was the first and only time I saw a naval officer throw his cover on the ground and kick it.

    1. I have experienced such frustration.

      I have, in the past five years or so, accessed the traffic cameras in the Norfolk area to see a dusting of snow (for that is what we in the North call it) turn I-264 into a deserted highway. Snow that would hardly be noticed by a Bostonian reduces Southern cities to tears.

      Of course, if you don't the equipment or the budget to deal with that kind of thing, it's understandable.

      If you've never driven in it, it has to be nerve-wracking. As for me? I grew up with it. I respect it and I drive accordingly. I will have stories of this in the future.


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