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2017-01-11 06:28:23 PM  
Tigard here (about 20 minutes south of Portland), we only have six inches.
 
2017-01-11 06:37:28 PM  
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This is my back "yard" as of 15 minutes ago.
 
2017-01-11 06:52:13 PM  
OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.
 
2017-01-11 08:43:27 PM  

meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?


I spent a couple of hours cross-country skiing today.  That was fun.
 
2017-01-11 08:43:54 PM  

fusillade762: [Link][img.fark.net image 850x637]

This is my back "yard" as of 15 minutes ago.


That's a lot of flying assholes you got there. Best get the shotgun.
 
2017-01-11 08:49:18 PM  

meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.


http://www.portlandmercury.com

gets you the local free entertainment rag. Watch out for their left-wing political rants, though. Portland is a moderately large city with plenty to offer for entertainment any night of the week, and many excellent restaurants.
 
2017-01-11 08:52:24 PM  

fusillade762: [Link][img.fark.net image 850x637]

This is my back "yard" as of 15 minutes ago.


No new snow in Eugene
Sorry that you guys got blasted again. Stay safe!
 
2017-01-11 08:55:56 PM  
Uh, they must have a very liberal definition of a foot in Oregon these days going by the pictures on the news site.  My buddy just texed my pictures of the "foot" of snow at his house there and it wasn't taller than the distance from his tire to the wheel, it was maybe 5 inches.

The trees downed by PSU were pretty impressive though, the one that crashed through Smith center was a monster.
 
2017-01-11 08:57:15 PM  

meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.


You can't swing a cat without hitting a strip club.
 
2017-01-11 08:59:55 PM  
This is bullcrap. I've been somewhat patiently waiting for good snow here. You know, where we normally get a few 6+ dumps each year. Got 2-3 inches twice, but mostly melted within 40 hours
 
2017-01-11 09:00:03 PM  
This is funny until I think about what a foot of snow would do to my crib, which is located in San Diego.  I've driven in snow, a couple inches means chains.  I have a set, 99% of my fellow drivers don't.

/ then again, installing chains is a major PITA
// got enough food to stay in
/// liquor.  hmmm.  Got a 7/11 a mile away I could prolly walk to
//// get an uber home :)
 
2017-01-11 09:00:40 PM  
I tried to leave downtown about 8pm. I got about 100 feet on the Hwy. 26 westbound on-ramp before everyone started turning around. People were stuck in the tunnel for two hours. I waited it out at Market St. pub nearby. By 12:30am one lane was squeaking past a couple dozen snowed-in cars right outside the tunnel. Made it all the way back to Hillsboro!

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2017-01-11 09:02:23 PM  
Snotnose:  I've driven in snow, a couple inches means chains.

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2017-01-11 09:03:38 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: Uh, they must have a very liberal definition of a foot in Oregon these days going by the pictures on the news site.  My buddy just texed my pictures of the "foot" of snow at his house there and it wasn't taller than the distance from his tire to the wheel, it was maybe 5 inches.

The trees downed by PSU were pretty impressive though, the one that crashed through Smith center was a monster.


I think it's a little bit like how men measure themselves. I had 12" on my deck and about 6" by my front door. Which one do you think I'm going with?
 
2017-01-11 09:04:54 PM  

Snotnose: This is funny until I think about what a foot of snow would do to my crib, which is located in San Diego.  I've driven in snow, a couple inches means chains.  I have a set, 99% of my fellow drivers don't.


Uh, no.  A couple of inches means three-season tires.  More than that, winter tires.  Much better grip than chains.

/Lives on the east coast of Canada, where we usually way more snow than Vangcouver.  Today, it's raining, almost all the snow's gone.
 
2017-01-11 09:05:48 PM  

fusillade762: Tigard here (about 20 minutes south of Portland), we only have six inches.


Salem, and we only got 1.5" of snow.
 
2017-01-11 09:08:31 PM  

Type random string here: Snotnose: This is funny until I think about what a foot of snow would do to my crib, which is located in San Diego.  I've driven in snow, a couple inches means chains.  I have a set, 99% of my fellow drivers don't.

Uh, no.  A couple of inches means three-season tires.  More than that, winter tires.  Much better grip than chains.

/Lives on the east coast of Canada, where we usually way more snow than Vangcouver.  Today, it's raining, almost all the snow's gone.


No, unfortunately, here a couple inches means they require chains. It's retarded. They think chains is the only solution to snow on the road.

But on the other hand, I have yet to see a snow plow here.
 
2017-01-11 09:08:38 PM  

Raddamant: This is bullcrap. I've been somewhat patiently waiting for good snow here. You know, where we normally get a few 6+ dumps each year. Got 2-3 inches twice, but mostly melted within 40 hours


Agreed. We got like 8" total in December and it was gone in a week or so. Meanwhile, it keeps on raining when it isn't blisteringly cold. Oh look, it's raining again.

/and will freeze overnight and become a big farking sheet of ice to make my morning commute hell
 
2017-01-11 09:10:14 PM  
Some people have all the luck.
 
2017-01-11 09:11:50 PM  

detonator: fusillade762: [Link][img.fark.net image 850x637]

This is my back "yard" as of 15 minutes ago.

No new snow in Eugene
Sorry that you guys got blasted again. Stay safe!


GOOD! I still haven't finished the Move From Through Hell. Portland can "enjoy" this batch.
 
2017-01-11 09:12:37 PM  
Type random string here:
Uh, no.  A couple of inches means three-season tires.  More than that, winter tires.  More than that, winter tires.  Much better grip than chains.

What the hell are you smoking?
 
2017-01-11 09:13:27 PM  

germ78: Raddamant: This is bullcrap. I've been somewhat patiently waiting for good snow here. You know, where we normally get a few 6+ dumps each year. Got 2-3 inches twice, but mostly melted within 40 hours

Agreed. We got like 8" total in December and it was gone in a week or so. Meanwhile, it keeps on raining when it isn't blisteringly cold. Oh look, it's raining again.

/and will freeze overnight and become a big farking sheet of ice to make my morning commute hell


I'm just a few hours west of you and that's been roughly the pattern, bu thankfully less rain. Nothing is worse than cold rain. Nothing
 
2017-01-11 09:14:22 PM  
"Buried" under a mere foot?
 
2017-01-11 09:15:22 PM  
This is going to be the year I really regret moving to Houston, I guess.  I'm missing out on the crazy snow (my childhood neighbor's been posting pictures; we never got this much when I was a kid), and I'll be missing near-totality for the eclipse later this year (it'll still get dimmer, but nowhere *near* what Portland will see), when is something I've always wanted to experience.  I wish my job would let me take decent-sized vacations.

Sigh.
 
2017-01-11 09:20:32 PM  

dittybopper: "Buried" under a mere foot?


Well yeah, when you just lay on the ground and let it fall on you without doing anything.

They have no idea what a shovel or snow plow is here. And I'm not exaggerating. It's snowed twice here in the past week, haven't seen one road plowed. Not ONE.
 
2017-01-11 09:28:07 PM  

morg: meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.

You can't swing a cat without hitting a strip club.


http://www.powells.com/ Biggest bookstore in the US. Nerd paradise ^^

And yeah, my sibling works in the university bookstore there. With 1/4 of inch of snow on the ground they decided to close early and they got asked if they needed a ride home instead of the bus. Today the bookstore was closed due to, as my sib put it, "2-6 inches of white bullshiat inconvenience powder".
 
2017-01-11 09:28:51 PM  
Speaking of tire chains - anyone tried these? :
 
2017-01-11 09:30:58 PM  
Non of those pictures show a foot of snow. maybe 5-6 inches tops.
Are people really abandoning their cars in the street over thisimg.fark.net?
 
2017-01-11 09:33:55 PM  

fusillade762: Tigard here (about 20 minutes south of Portland), we only have six inches.


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2017-01-11 09:35:58 PM  

fusillade762: Tigard here (about 20 minutes south of Portland), we only have six inches.


East Portland, 10"

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2017-01-11 09:36:53 PM  
Portland is buried in snow ... wait, what the Hell is happening in Vancouver?

No, wait, are you talking about Portland, Maine?
 
2017-01-11 09:37:36 PM  

meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?


We drink good coffee and beer and eat good food. It's hard to make any recommendations without knowing what you're into. Tons of outdoor activities. Chinese Classical Garden, Japanese Garden or Rose Garden? Powell's Books or Saturday Market are old Portland standards. General tourist ideas. And skip Voodoo Donuts.
 
2017-01-11 09:38:37 PM  

abhorrent1: Non of those pictures show a foot of snow. maybe 5-6 inches tops.
Are people really abandoning their cars in the street over this[img.fark.net image 850x476]?


Yeah, I have yet to see any pics of more than 6 inches between the news and what my friends are sending me.

I just text them back what an actual foot of snow looked like last week for reference.
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2017-01-11 09:38:43 PM  
No wonder Americans have a hard time with geography. They have multiple places for every name.

For example, when I said Vancouver, I meant the big one, in BC.
 
2017-01-11 09:39:15 PM  

madanimalscientist: morg: meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.

You can't swing a cat without hitting a strip club.

http://www.powells.com/ Biggest bookstore in the US. Nerd paradise ^^.


CSB time

When I was in Alaska I ran into a Posh Spice clone and her family who were in town for a day from a cruise. They were on the shuttle into town from our hotel and when she learned we were from Portland she mentioned they were going there next and asked us what there was to do. I mentioned Powell's and she looked at me like I was trying to hand her a big, steamy turd. I could just see her thinking "Books?!? Reading is for POOR PEOPLE!"

Then when they discovered we were all headed to the same popular restaurant that didn't take reservations they literally RAN to get there before we did.

/csb
 
2017-01-11 09:41:06 PM  

abhorrent1: Non of those pictures show a foot of snow. maybe 5-6 inches tops.
Are people really abandoning their cars in the street over this[img.fark.net image 850x476]?


Absolutely. They did the same thing when it snowed even less before christmas. Most of them never buy snow tires.
 
2017-01-11 09:41:08 PM  

pdxbarista: meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

We drink good coffee and beer and eat good food. It's hard to make any recommendations without knowing what you're into. Tons of outdoor activities. Chinese Classical Garden, Japanese Garden or Rose Garden? Powell's Books or Saturday Market are old Portland standards. General tourist ideas. And skip Voodoo Donuts.


We also have a shiat ton of really good restaurants. SE Division alone has a bunch.
 
2017-01-11 09:42:42 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: abhorrent1: Non of those pictures show a foot of snow. maybe 5-6 inches tops.
Are people really abandoning their cars in the street over this[img.fark.net image 850x476]?

Yeah, I have yet to see any pics of more than 6 inches between the news and what my friends are sending me.

I just text them back what an actual foot of snow looked like last week for reference.
[img.fark.net image 800x450]


Is the person in the picture 4' tall?
 
2017-01-11 09:42:48 PM  
Since Sept 1st, 50 miles east of Portland has received 281 inches of the white inconvenient powder.  3 ski resorts on Mount Hood depend on people able to drive to our establishments.  Come on Portland, get out there and practice!
 
2017-01-11 09:44:43 PM  

Habeas Porpoise: fusillade762: Tigard here (about 20 minutes south of Portland), we only have six inches.

[img.fark.net image 500x245]


Damn you, Peter Dinklage eyebrow raise gif
 
2017-01-11 09:46:50 PM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 850x637]

This is my back "yard" as of 15 minutes ago.


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Over by me, it got to about a foot.  It's compacted down a bit by now.  These were taken last night as it was still falling, around midnight.

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Olympus OMD-5 MKII with Metabones Speedbooster adapter and Zuiko 28/2.0 (f1.4 equivalent)
 
2017-01-11 09:47:38 PM  
Oh hey, the mayor declared a state of emergency.
Snark aside, four people have died of exposure this year and I hope this gets some money to the right places.
 
2017-01-11 09:48:15 PM  

meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

I've got 2-3 days up that way in May if everything goes well.  Which isn't long enough to drive over to Olympic and do that.

/Fly up on the 20th, drive to Mt. Rainier on the 23rd, then pop back down through the Columbia River Gorge and Bend, drive 395 down to Yosemite, and I've got 4 nights in the Valley the week after Labor Day.


Well it depends on what you like. They have good beer, I would take a beer tour.
 
2017-01-11 09:50:03 PM  

pdxbarista: meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

We drink good coffee and beer and eat good food. It's hard to make any recommendations without knowing what you're into. Tons of outdoor activities. Chinese Classical Garden, Japanese Garden or Rose Garden? Powell's Books or Saturday Market are old Portland standards. General tourist ideas. And skip Voodoo Donuts.


Ooh, gardens.  Pretty nature things.

/And I mean, I went to Do-rite Donuts 6 times in 4 days in Chicago and don't regret that at all.
 
2017-01-11 09:55:30 PM  

Frantic Freddie: Type random string here:
Uh, no.  A couple of inches means three-season tires.  More than that, winter tires.  More than that, winter tires.  Much better grip than chains.

What the hell are you smoking?


To be fair chains have almost no application if you have proper winter tires on.  I have Studded Nokian Hakka8's and, even with lesser winter tires in the past, have never owned chains.  I've spent my life driving on the Northern Canadian Plains and in Rockies/Interior and have never wished for them either.  Half the safety from chains is that you can't drive faster than about 50km/h with them on.  About the only two applications for chains are some crazy 0.5m+ dump of wet snow while possibly climbing a mountain pass or if you are somewhere where you basically only get snow once a year and you keep a set in the trunk to slap on your all-seasons.  Thus, in the end, Portland might be a place for them.
 
2017-01-11 10:02:45 PM  

meyerkev: pdxbarista: meyerkev: OK, in seriousness, what is there to DO in Portland?

We drink good coffee and beer and eat good food. It's hard to make any recommendations without knowing what you're into. Tons of outdoor activities. Chinese Classical Garden, Japanese Garden or Rose Garden? Powell's Books or Saturday Market are old Portland standards. General tourist ideas. And skip Voodoo Donuts.

Ooh, gardens.  Pretty nature things.

/And I mean, I went to Do-rite Donuts 6 times in 4 days in Chicago and don't regret that at all.


Okay, add Hoyt Arboretum and Leech Botanical Garden. Forest Park and Mt. Tabor Park for a hike in the city and view, respectively. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden might still be in bloom. Also, schools host tours of private gardens as fundraisers around that time, and some are stunning.
Nothing wrong with donuts. Blue Star is where you want to go.
 
2017-01-11 10:03:38 PM  
My parents' yard in Hillsboro this morning, around 7 AM:

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They said the snow was noticeably deeper at the end of the street (their yard is sheltered by some huge Douglas firs.)
 
2017-01-11 10:06:27 PM  
There's some good taco stands too.
 
2017-01-11 10:06:35 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: Uh, they must have a very liberal definition of a foot in Oregon these days going by the pictures on the news site.  My buddy just texed my pictures of the "foot" of snow at his house there and it wasn't taller than the distance from his tire to the wheel, it was maybe 5 inches.

The trees downed by PSU were pretty impressive though, the one that crashed through Smith center was a monster.


Drove home from my job in a hospital in Portland to Vancouver Wa. Downtown Portland got 10 inches, I've got just over a foot, as does the rest of Vancouver, here just scross the river from Portland.
 
2017-01-11 10:07:02 PM  
Chains required
fineartamerica.com
 
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