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2013-02-08 04:54:11 PM  

peasants_are_revolting: farkscamp: Masshole checking in.  Fire going in the woodstove, water in the tub, gas in the snow blower, I think I'm all set.

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.


Getting ready to go cross country skiing -- have trails right out the door, no driving required (or allowed at this point.) When I get back I will make soup.

I am in the 2+ feet of snow expected area. God, I hope we don't lose power.
 
2013-02-08 04:54:35 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: The Lehigh Valley has nothing. I hate these anus Meteorologists that make it sound as if we are getting a foot of snow by noon earlier today.  They were dismissing schools last night.  Pathetic.


as a Lehigh  grad (07) I'd say 'typical.' Although we did see some huge storms a few years back while I lived in the little town of bethlehem.  Montclair avenue :)

I live on the NJ shore now. We're only going to get a bit of rain and heavy snow late tonight. Still only at about 90% around here from Sandy so I'm pretty thrilled that we're not getting dead-on stormededed again.
 
2013-02-08 04:55:39 PM  
jake

we should trade andrew stories some day

and, yes, we are spoiled americans with electricity 24/7 - if there were a way to generate power from the reaction of a teen without a cell phone we'd have this problem solved.
 
2013-02-08 04:56:02 PM  

Stone Meadow: moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!

Meanwhile here in NorCal it's sunny and cool (mid-50's), and I just ate an orange freshly picked off the tree in my yard.


Meanwhile, here in Austin, it's 60 and sunny, and my house only cost $87/sq.ft.

p.twimg.com
 
2013-02-08 04:58:12 PM  

whistleridge: I'll just leave this quality artwork here, to demonstrate why I  lovedbeing able to wear shorts today...

[s3.postimage.org image 568x426]


You have cold (or is that cola) written over WI.  It's a balmy 23 here right now.
 
2013-02-08 04:58:21 PM  

farkscamp: peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.


I'm actually metrowest as well. Looks like a steady snowfall. Hope it sticks for a few weeks. We're going skiing in Maine then.
 
2013-02-08 05:00:40 PM  

blatz514: whistleridge: I'll just leave this quality artwork here, to demonstrate why I  lovedbeing able to wear shorts today...

[s3.postimage.org image 568x426]

You have cold (or is that cola) written over WI.  It's a balmy 23 here right now.


The coldest temp I have felt in 2 years was about 36. And I am absolutely fine with that. :p

(and yeah...it does kind of look like cola, eh?)
 
2013-02-08 05:02:49 PM  

waterrockets: Stone Meadow: moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!

Meanwhile here in NorCal it's sunny and cool (mid-50's), and I just ate an orange freshly picked off the tree in my yard.

Meanwhile, here in Austin, it's 60 and sunny, and my house only cost $87/sq.ft.

[p.twimg.com image 600x434]


Over hear in Carmel, CA, it's 60 degrees - just like it is all year around.  And the pro-am is in town to play at the country's best golf course.  The downside is you can't go anywhere without seeing someone famous.
 
2013-02-08 05:02:53 PM  
Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?
 
2013-02-08 05:04:57 PM  

Jadedgrl: Buffalo NY here, right in the middle of Holy Fark! And not just cuz I live near Buffalo.
Definitely over a foot and still going strong.


East o' the Buff, looking at the white stuff that already covered where I shoveled. It's heavy, wet, back-breaking ice cream, slush on the bottom and Slurpie on top.

Thank Tesla for telecommuting.
 
2013-02-08 05:05:00 PM  
Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?Yes. The snow is heavier, and it inconveniences people who are far more important.
 
2013-02-08 05:05:25 PM  
OMG!!! It's going to snow in the winter, we are all DOOMED!
 
2013-02-08 05:06:14 PM  

spiderpaz: waterrockets: Stone Meadow: moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!

Meanwhile here in NorCal it's sunny and cool (mid-50's), and I just ate an orange freshly picked off the tree in my yard.

Meanwhile, here in Austin, it's 60 and sunny, and my house only cost $87/sq.ft.

[p.twimg.com image 600x434]

Over hear in Carmel, CA, it's 60 degrees - just like it is all year around.  And the pro-am is in town to play at the country's best golf course.  The downside is you can't go anywhere without seeing someone famous.


Over here in Austin, we can spell "here."
 
2013-02-08 05:06:33 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


It's big city snow.  Waaay different.
 
2013-02-08 05:07:36 PM  

Paris1127: Of course the day my university cancels all classes is the day I have no classes to begin with... They're expecting over 24" here in Worcester...

/staying in the dorm, have plenty of bottled water
//college generates its own power, so probably no blackouts


Oh look...9gag has you covered:

d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net

/yes, I realize you have somewhat recanted since your f*i*r*s+ post.
 
2013-02-08 05:07:47 PM  

Paris1127: Three Crooked Squirrels: Paris1127: Of course the day my university cancels all classes is the day I have no classes to begin with... They're expecting over 24" here in Worcester...

/staying in the dorm, have plenty of bottled water
//college generates its own power, so probably no blackouts

Ummm, you have Fridays off and you are complaining because other people got one Friday off?  Enjoy your semester-long 3-day weekends and stop complaining.

Yep, I'm beginning to realize I just made a "First World Problems" post... And regret it...


You think that's bad?  I accidentally bought diet tonic water.
 
2013-02-08 05:08:24 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


How do you know that it never made national news?
 
2013-02-08 05:08:41 PM  
Jersey Shore here, nothing yet. Lots of rain and some random hail from what I can tell. We're looking at snow overnight.

As long as the power stays on it's all kosher.
 
2013-02-08 05:09:02 PM  

blatz514: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

It's big city snow.  Waaay dif

Same snow, wimpier people.

 
2013-02-08 05:09:22 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


Assuming the Midwest is like Nevada, there's a lot more shiat to hit on the East Coast. Power lines, houses, etc.. Nevadans tell stories about six-foot snowfalls and I don't think anyone even noticed it but us (because in my town we're idiots and build exactly one bridge over the farking creek). But the East Coast has a fark-ton of shiat out there.
 
2013-02-08 05:09:23 PM  

waterrockets: spiderpaz: waterrockets: Stone Meadow: moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!

Meanwhile here in NorCal it's sunny and cool (mid-50's), and I just ate an orange freshly picked off the tree in my yard.

Meanwhile, here in Austin, it's 60 and sunny, and my house only cost $87/sq.ft.

[p.twimg.com image 600x434]

Over hear in Carmel, CA, it's 60 degrees - just like it is all year around.  And the pro-am is in town to play at the country's best golf course.  The downside is you can't go anywhere without seeing someone famous.

Over here in Austin, we can spell "here."


Well you deserve to get something in exchange for having to live in Texas.  Good for you.

/half asleep
 
2013-02-08 05:09:45 PM  
tom baker's scarf - Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


do you count the weather channel as national news? pretty sure you were mentioned there :)
 
2013-02-08 05:09:50 PM  

whistleridge: blatz514: whistleridge: I'll just leave this quality artwork here, to demonstrate why I  lovedbeing able to wear shorts today...

[s3.postimage.org image 568x426]

You have cold (or is that cola) written over WI.  It's a balmy 23 here right now.

The coldest temp I have felt in 2 years was about 36. And I am absolutely fine with that. :p

(and yeah...it does kind of look like cola, eh?)


*clicks profile.  Oh, NC.  About 5 years ago, I spent 4 days in Norfolk, Va in July.  It was 95+ and about 100% humidity.  You can have that.  We get that maybe 5 or 6 times during summer.

/is there rum for that cola?
 
2013-02-08 05:10:16 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: I accidentally bought diet tonic water.


I definitely feel your pain, although it's the wrong season for gin.
 
2013-02-08 05:11:27 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


Higher population density in the NE, plus way more flight traffic and whatnot. My best guess.
 
2013-02-08 05:12:16 PM  
Oh good, we're turning this into a drinking thread.
 
2013-02-08 05:13:43 PM  

Down the Slippery Slope: Oh good, we're turning this into a drinking thread.


I have a question.  Am I the only one that brings beer out with him to shovel the car out?
 
2013-02-08 05:14:31 PM  

spiderpaz: waterrockets: spiderpaz: waterrockets: Stone Meadow: moops: Meanwhile, in Portland... (OR)

...it's somewhat sunny and not raining!

Meanwhile here in NorCal it's sunny and cool (mid-50's), and I just ate an orange freshly picked off the tree in my yard.

Meanwhile, here in Austin, it's 60 and sunny, and my house only cost $87/sq.ft.

[p.twimg.com image 600x434]

Over hear in Carmel, CA, it's 60 degrees - just like it is all year around.  And the pro-am is in town to play at the country's best golf course.  The downside is you can't go anywhere without seeing someone famous.

Over here in Austin, we can spell "here."

Well you deserve to get something in exchange for having to live in Texas.  Good for you.

/half asleep


It's fun poking and all -- love my visits to CA ;)  May live there again one day (was born there).

For clarification, Austin is surrounded by TX, but isn't really "in" TX. For some reason, they like to run their state from our buildings though.
 
2013-02-08 05:16:14 PM  

parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?

as far as i know (and it must be wrong) the only real difference is the aftermath - ie - frostbite vs mold blooms and malaria potential

anyway - you all stay warm and safe


It's usually not too bad. At least you don't have to worry about your food going bad. You just take it out of the freezer/fridge and sit it outside. Srsly.

It's amazing how fast you can acclimate to loss of heat. Much easier than loss of AC.  Just throw on a few more layers and you are good to go. A good grill outside some pets to keep you warm, and stock up on toilet paper and batteries.

I'll take a 7 day power outage in February over August anytime.

The only problem is how early it gets dark out, but that just puts you in bed (hopefully with a loved one) and cuddle times ensue.

The worst part is sitting bare-assed on a 20 degree toilet seat. It just... argh. No fun.
 
2013-02-08 05:16:55 PM  

farkscamp: peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.


huh?  I'm in Metro West & we're gettin' our butts kicked (I can't see the house across the street right now)
 
2013-02-08 05:19:17 PM  

Shadow Blasko: parasol: sort of serious question

never seen snow in person, but long familiarity with hurricanes, including Andrew

is the prep the same? (prepare for self-reliance for days) and property damage?

as far as i know (and it must be wrong) the only real difference is the aftermath - ie - frostbite vs mold blooms and malaria potential

anyway - you all stay warm and safe

It's usually not too bad. At least you don't have to worry about your food going bad. You just take it out of the freezer/fridge and sit it outside. Srsly.

It's amazing how fast you can acclimate to loss of heat. Much easier than loss of AC.  Just throw on a few more layers and you are good to go. A good grill outside some pets to keep you warm, and stock up on toilet paper and batteries.

I'll take a 7 day power outage in February over August anytime.

The only problem is how early it gets dark out, but that just puts you in bed (hopefully with a loved one) and cuddle times ensue.

The worst part is sitting bare-assed on a 20 degree toilet seat. It just... argh. No fun.


Desperate measures I suppose.
 
2013-02-08 05:20:24 PM  
Did someone say the east coast being hit by a giant lizard?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wML2V6crNc0
 
2013-02-08 05:22:45 PM  

jaylectricity: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

How do you know that it never made national news?


Well believe it or not we have radio, tv, that thar World Wide Web everyone done talks so much 'bout. I hear tell that it's the same as you alls gots in the big city and it not never on any of those.

National news is broadcast, wait for it, nationally
 
2013-02-08 05:24:23 PM  

blatz514: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

It's big city snow.  Waaay different.


More jewy?
 
2013-02-08 05:26:38 PM  

Mazzic518: Diogenes: jtown: Diogenes: Someone up there be kind enough to dig out my grandmother OK?  She'll bake you cookies.

/stay safe, all

Digging out Diogenes' grandma is like a Chinese dinner: It ain't over 'til you both get your cookies.

She's 83.  I hope you like your cookies dry.

Dip her in milk


That's the idea.  Giggity.

img.poptower.com
 
2013-02-08 05:27:33 PM  

DontBeThatGuy: farkscamp: peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.

huh?  I'm in Metro West & we're gettin' our butts kicked (I can't see the house across the street right now)


Huh.  20 mi NW of Natick... and uh, it's getting dark?  2" on the ground.  Can't see my neighbors anyway.
 
2013-02-08 05:27:41 PM  

PsiChick: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

Assuming the Midwest is like Nevada, there's a lot more shiat to hit on the East Coast. Power lines, houses, etc.. Nevadans tell stories about six-foot snowfalls and I don't think anyone even noticed it but us (because in my town we're idiots and build exactly one bridge over the farking creek). But the East Coast has a fark-ton of shiat out there.


Sure but they way they whine about it you'd think it was snowing aids covered zombies or something.


/ aids covered zombies sold be an awesome band name.
 
2013-02-08 05:28:10 PM  

jaylectricity: Billy Bathsalt: I accidentally bought diet tonic water.

I definitely feel your pain, although it's the wrong season for gin.


Absolutely, I agree: vodak.

Tito's FTW   USAUSA
 
2013-02-08 05:33:02 PM  
I'd just like to state for the record that I would totally lick Nancy Chen's ass.
 
2013-02-08 05:36:54 PM  

tom baker's scarf: PsiChick: tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?

Assuming the Midwest is like Nevada, there's a lot more shiat to hit on the East Coast. Power lines, houses, etc.. Nevadans tell stories about six-foot snowfalls and I don't think anyone even noticed it but us (because in my town we're idiots and build exactly one bridge over the farking creek). But the East Coast has a fark-ton of shiat out there.

Sure but they way they whine about it you'd think it was snowing aids covered zombies or something.


/ aids covered zombies sold be an awesome band name.


We get it, you have an inferiority complex. Don't worry it's normal, I'm sure everyone else in your area thinks the Northeast is better too.
 
2013-02-08 05:41:35 PM  

Down the Slippery Slope: Oh good, we're turning this into a drinking thread.


Well, what the hell else is there to do during a blizzard?

/on my first pint
//watching the kids
///wife due home any minute
 
2013-02-08 05:47:57 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Mi39k1wzI

/SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
 
2013-02-08 05:55:46 PM  
I'm on eastern long island and it's a mess here. Not something this TX resident is enjoying, but I have power, internet, and plenty of food and beer. I might have to go grab a colleague that got stuck at ISP. I am hoping he nabbed a taxi to a local hotel because I sure as hell do not want to drive in this.

Couple of inches of big flakes earlier and now it seems to be ice pellets at the moment. Stay safe y'all
 
2013-02-08 06:02:05 PM  

farkscamp: DontBeThatGuy: farkscamp: peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.

huh?  I'm in Metro West & we're gettin' our butts kicked (I can't see the house across the street right now)

Huh.  20 mi NW of Natick... and uh, it's getting dark?  2" on the ground.  Can't see my neighbors anyway.


Jesus. Let me check outside.
 
2013-02-08 06:10:47 PM  

peasants_are_revolting: farkscamp: 

Huh.  20 mi NW of Natick... and uh, it's getting dark?  2" on the ground.  Can't see my neighbors anyway.

Jesus. Let me check outside.


I said inches!  But that was like an hour ago.  OH FINE, I'll get up and look.  I dunno, 2.5-3" now?

/we're gonna get like 6"
//this is what happens when my Mr.Farkscamp says we're gonna get 18" too.
///just kidding
////sort of
 
2013-02-08 06:13:48 PM  

peasants_are_revolting: farkscamp: DontBeThatGuy: farkscamp: peasants_are_revolting:

Went to the grocery and the liquor store. We've got about five or six inches of snow so far.

Man, Boston's getting the brunt this time.  I'm metrowestish, usually we get more.  We barely have enough to cover the grass here.

huh?  I'm in Metro West & we're gettin' our butts kicked (I can't see the house across the street right now)

Huh.  20 mi NW of Natick... and uh, it's getting dark?  2" on the ground.  Can't see my neighbors anyway.

Jesus. Let me check outside.

15 miles west of Natick.  Can't see my neighbors.  Can't anyway. Dam restraining order
 
2013-02-08 06:16:41 PM  
Malden/Revere border here.

Not too bad yet, but I live on what is almost a butte so the gale winds might just be carrying everything off to the lower areas.
 
2013-02-08 06:16:42 PM  
We didn't listen!
 
2013-02-08 06:19:07 PM  

cchris_39: We didn't listen!


I can't take Matt Noyes seriously since he used to come out to gigs for my band and get loaded.

....but I take Nelly Carrena DEAD serious.
 
2013-02-08 06:19:24 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Ok I got to ask. Being from the Midwest I've been through many snowstorms of 2+ feet. Never once did it make national news. Is the snow on the east coast somehow worse than snow anywhere else?


Big cities have no place to put the snow, midwest has lots of room.  When you have population densities like the following, it makes an enormous difference:

Massachusettes - 840 people per square mile
Connecticut - 739 people per square mile
New York - 412 people per square mile

let's go to the midwest now

Kansas - 35 people per square mile
Nebraska - 24 people per square mile
Iowa - 53 people per square mile

Are the city people wimpier?  In terms of basic survival skills, I would say yes, because they typically never need to ever use any.  Whereas out in the great expanses where nobody is going to find you for a very long time, if ever.  You either learn certain basic survival modes or you don't make it to maturity.  So when a blizzard hits the Northeast, an enormously large number of people in close proximity are extremely inconvenienced.  Given that a true, horrid blizzard like The Blizzard Of 1978 happen almost only once in a lifetime, there is a big difference in how it affects people who get socked with them on a regular, every single winter basis.  You get them.  You're already largely self-sufficient, since it could be tens of miles to the nearest store, it already behooves you to have a substantial stockpile of dry goods and necessities.  People in densely populated places don't have to live that way, and do not store days or weeks worth of food as a regular matter of course.  So a couple days of power loss or inability to travel, and the cruise sorties up shiat's creek are huge screaming, whining, moaning flotillas of prissy, biatchy East coasters who demand that somebody do something to fix their problems.
 
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