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Posted by rvos1979 on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:52 PM

Well, was going to talk to everyone from Hartford, CT, yesterday, but Mr Dispatcher said I had to be in Portland, ME, by this morning, so that put the kibash on that.  Got all the way to Kanona, NY, headed for Warsaw, IN, with seven smallish rolls of paper.  They may be small, but they weigh 43,000lb.

Larry, I thought there were only two seasons in the northern climes:  Winter, and road construction.

MC, you can keep all the snow, unfortunately, all the crazy drivers have already been let loose all across this country, Boston has a very high concentration, though.  Also, still waiting for the first Smart car sandwich (for those keeping score, that's a Smart car sandwiched between two loaded semis, I have a feeling that when this happens, they will be scraping the Smart car off the pavement with a spatula)

Later.....

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Posted by cherokee woman on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 5:15 AM

 Good Wednesday morning, everyone.  Randy, glad to see you could make it in last night for a visit.  We always enjoy seeing you in here!

Coffee, juices and other morning beverages are  fresh and ready to go, including plenty of hot water for hot tea and hot cocoa.  Regular breakfast menu on the warmer bar.

I sure do hope that some of you tall guys (Brian, Dan, Joe and Larry) are available this morning:  I need help putting up birthday decorations for tomorrow:  Duff's (nightrain) birthday is tomorrow.

We're starting out with a temp of 54 degrees here in Louisville this morning, with plenty of heavy fog in the area.  Rain has cleared out.  Going for a high of 64 today.

Everyone enjoy your breakfast, have a good morning, and you all take care.

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Posted by Mookie on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 6:50 AM

^~^

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:16 AM

morning

hi mookie I see you peeking in.here is your coffee mug.matt is back to school today.still raining here in nw ohio.good day for a nap.Cw thanks for breakfast.

stay safe

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:32 AM

Peace be with you. Good morning all and greetings from Carolina. 65 degrees and cloudy this morning with a chance of rain again. Last night's heavy weather passed east of us, but we got some rain. Mookie, WAKE UP!!!! Everyone take care

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:41 AM

Looks like the word of the day is WET.  And I have to be out and about this morning.

Final plans falling into place for a trip to the Bel-Del this coming weekend.  Should be interesting.

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Posted by Willy2 on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:45 AM

Cloudy and mild here in Omaha today. We're going for a high of around 60 degrees. Rain will move in late tonight and last through Thursday. There could even be some thunderstorms.

Looks like I need to crank the snow up another notch in Denver. Denver International Airport has only reported about 3 inches so far. That will never do. Evil

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Posted by Modelcar on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:39 AM

 

.......51 here early this morning, and overcast but bright.  Might hit 64 according to weather people today.  Mostly dry.  Some fog earlier.

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Posted by cherokee woman on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:35 AM

Good afternoon.  I hope everyone is doing all right this afternoon.  Mookie, did you ever get your eyes opened this morning?Tongue 

Here is the meal menu for the rest of today:

1.  Corned beef brisket w/cabbage

2.  Spaghetti w/meat balls, garlic bread or Italian bread, whichever you prefer, w/garden salad and brussels sprouts or whatever green vegetable you prefer.

Well, it looks like I'm going to have to get the ladder out myself, and climb on it to put up the birthday decorations (and I'm not even supposed to be up on ladders).  I just hope one of our resident EMTs will be on standby, in case I fall. 

Everyone enjoy the afternoon, and take care.

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:00 PM

Willy2

Cloudy and mild here in Omaha today. We're going for a high of around 60 degrees. Rain will move in late tonight and last through Thursday. There could even be some thunderstorms.

Looks like I need to crank the snow up another notch in Denver. Denver International Airport has only reported about 3 inches so far. That will never do. Evil

7 inches on the south side of Denver. If you want more snow at DIA (Bagdad on the Prairie), grab some of those isobars and drag them north. South of Denver is getting hit hardest. Expecting another 7-12 inches where I'm at by Thursday. Copcar getting about half that where he's at. As expected, the freeways turned into mass stupid zones. I-76, I-25 and I-80 all had closures this morning due to stupid driver stunts.

Gus the weatherdog says snow as high as a scottie's eye followed by wet fur.

Randy: The tinkertoy Smart Cars are absolutely lousy in snow. In addition, I've seen several go airborne at 60 MPH when the enddam (expansion joint and approach apron) on a bridge approach is rough. Never hear how they do in crash tests (wonder why?Mischief)

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Posted by Modelcar on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:53 PM

........Boy, this place has been empty...!  Last entry made at 2 pm this afternoon.  Now {EDT}, 10:53 pm.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:41 PM

Went to a class put on by the local utility about gas and electric emergencies.  Very informative, though not for the weak at heart.

Past time for bed, and the Dal wants something.

Later!

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Posted by cherokee woman on Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:04 AM

 Happy Birthday, Duff!  And good Thursday morning to everyone. 

I managed not to fall off the ladder, just strained my right arm a bit.  

Coffee, juices, soft drinks, hot chocolate, hot water for tea and hot cider are all ready to go this morning.

On the warmer bar this morning:  fresh blueberry muffins along with the bagels and bear claws, and the rest of the usual morning breakfast menu.

Mudchicken, figure you could really use the hot cider this morning.  Have you lost the boys in the snow yet?  Hope not!

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:24 AM

^.....

I am even more tired this morning. 

Just finishing coffee and usually done with that by 6:30-7am

Gus - the weather-rock dog!  Perfect.  Heard I-80 is still closed around border with whatever is west of us.  I know there is some land over there, but since my world ends at the city limits, I have no clue.

Must find Willy and straighten him out on this weather business.  "Joe College" is getting a little out of hand!

Ohio Joe - thanks for mug.  CW - bb muffin  - just push it to the edge of the counter and I will pull it off as soon as I find the strength...

AARRRGGGHHH

 

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, October 29, 2009 9:16 AM

Taking a break from shovelling. 

Right now, 4WD gets you out of the residential backstreets, small cars = stay home (snow piles up underneath and they go nowhere)

Somewhere between 18" and 20" deep now. (drifts to three feet) Had a young rabbit following me where I shovelled last night, always about 6 feet behind me.

Shovelled out a path for the sno-snarks last night. Their black fur is about half white when they come back in through the dog door, faces and beards caked in snow - almost rastafarian. (Doogie is pretty much camped in front of the fireplace)

// Um Willy, you guys get around to putting an O-F-F switch on the lab experiment?

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 29, 2009 9:34 AM

MC - that all sounds all too familiar... 

Especially clearing a path in the back yard for the dogs.  The Sheltie mix could sometimes stay on top of the snow, but the Dal is too heavy.  Once the snow gets too deep for him to wade through, he just goes where it's convenient...

Of course, I do that with the snowblower, so I can get yards of path done pretty quickly.  Leaves funny marks in the lawn in the spring, though.

Gloomy morning here.  Heavy cloud cover and misty rain make the late sunrise even later.

That bearclaw sounds good for a mid-morning snack...

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:28 AM

Morning glory and how yall is? My plan of the day got thrown out when I had to take the girls to the vet. They seem to have developed an allergy to something and can't walk for scratching. I had to leave them and since I was out anyway, managed to get the grocery shopping done, finally. Now, waiting for the call to go get my yunguns. 62 and sunny in Carolina, expected to reach 78, but I have me doubts.

MC, I have about a half acre of jungle on my property. It used to be my mothers flower garden, but it took seed and now is a pine thicket. Anyway, It is home to a number of rabbits, squirrels, possums and even a coon or two. As far as I am concerned, they are welcome to stay and be safe. I draw the line at snakes and coyotes, tho, and I have the cure for them leaning up in the corner. Nuff sed.

Everybody take care, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Duff, and Paula, I hope the arm heals quickly. Stay warm

 

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Posted by cherokee woman on Thursday, October 29, 2009 1:27 PM

Tom, thanks for your concern for my arm.  It's beginnig to feel a tad bit better, trying to to use it too much. 

Duff gave me her requests for today:  We're having our Fish Fry a day early.  Her request was for seafood.  So, on the warmer bar, you'll find our assortment of fish, baked beans, cornbread, fries, hush puppies, crabcakes, breaded fried mushroom, corn on the cob, and mac & cheese.  For dessert:  key lime pie.

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Posted by Modelcar on Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:01 PM

mudchicken
Somewhere between 18" and 20" deep now

.....My sympathies to you folks out there MC.....I've seen some of the snowy pic's on the news this morning.   Here, neighbor across the street is having his lawn mowed as I type.  About 63 degrees.

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:31 PM

I finally got home with the girls and am $86 lighter. Vet quack said they have a flea allergy. The way the wife goes over them, any self respecting flea would likely long since have jumped ship. However, she did find one (1) last night, and the vet says that's all it takes. Anyway, we are all glad to be home. The wife is helping take care off preemie twins tonight, so I shall have to come up with something to keep out of trouble and look busy. Everybody take care

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Posted by bubbajustin on Thursday, October 29, 2009 5:45 PM

Evening all.

I’M ON FALL BREAK! A good break is nice, and will most assuredly go way to fast. Also, happy birthday to all whom it may apply!

Any of you ever have junk on your PC desk? I have so much paper(That includes the track plan for my railroad.) that I think if I put one more piece on it will rain down on the floor like snow. Must be careful.

BTW, Do any of you have problems with telemarketers/”traveling sales people”? Dad got toned out to a grain bin fire the other day. I was of course left at home by my self, which I don’t mind of course, I was putting down roadbed on my layout, when I went in to check on supper. When I herd someone pull up, I thought Dad was back so I eagerly burst out of the door to see how bad the fire was. Well, it was a lady dressed in a black dress. She said “Hello!” She handed me a box of Puffs tissue’s, and said, “I’m with Nordex Corporation, and we are asking our customers to invest in our carpet cleaning potent. ” By the way they looked very unprofessional in a rusty beat up ol’ 1970’s van. Then, an African American male rolled down the squeaky window, and said “Are you the home owner?” I replied “No.” “Ok.” He replied, and the lady gave me the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen, and RIPPED the box of tissues out of my hands. She stormed back to the van, and opened the door. They then drove away in their van that sounded like an RSC-2 with a heavy train instantly throttling into run 8, with the smoke to match it.Shock

I went in, and shut, and locked all the doors, and windows, and pulled all the shades too.

Any of you guy’s ever experienced something like this?

Have a good rest of the week!

Justin

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:32 PM

tree68

Especially clearing a path in the back yard for the dogs.  The Sheltie mix could sometimes stay on top of the snow, but the Dal is too heavy.  Once the snow gets too deep for him to wade through, he just goes where it's convenient...

Of course, I do that with the snowblower, so I can get yards of path done pretty quickly.  Leaves funny marks in the lawn in the spring, though.

You remind me of my having to clear a path in the backyard for our golden black (solid black) Labrador retriever after some snowfalls (especially the one that lasted off and on, every day, for three weeks). At that time, the only snowthrower I had was an armstrong model.

We received very little snow in the valley, but the ski resorts received around foot each. I don't know where all that snow on the Front Range of Rockies came from; it did not come through here, unless the clouds were being chinchy along the Wasatch Front. Somehow, there were few mishaps reported here.

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:38 PM

rvos1979
Also, still waiting for the first Smart car sandwich (for those keeping score, that's a Smart car sandwiched between two loaded semis, I have a feeling that when this happens, they will be scraping the Smart car off the pavement with a spatula)

Randy, I forwarded your comments about Smart car sandwich to my niece, and she responded with a picture of such a sandwich. It looks as though it was made on dry pavement, but I had to look hard to see the filling. I tried to copy it to send on the the forum, but could not figure out how. If you want to see it, send me a email note with your address, and I will be able to forward it then (if anybody else wants to see it, send me a note).

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:49 PM

bubbajustin
I thought Dad was back so I eagerly burst out of the door to see how bad the fire was. Well, it was a lady dressed in a black dress. She said “Hello!” She handed me a box of Puffs tissue’s, and said, “I’m with Nordex Corporation, and we are asking our customers to invest in our carpet cleaning potent. ” By the way they looked very unprofessional in a rusty beat up ol’ 1970’s van. Then, an African American male rolled down the squeaky window, and said “Are you the home owner?” I replied “No.” “Ok.” He replied, and the lady gave me the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen, and RIPPED the box of tissues out of my hands. She stormed back to the van, and opened the door. They then drove away in their van that sounded like an RSC-2 with a heavy train instantly throttling into run 8, with the smoke to match it.Shock

Justin, you are being very, very, kind to style the woman as a "lady". Since I have not seen you or a picture of you, I do not know if you look much older than your calendar years, or if she was so intent on making a sale that she could not tell that you are a little too young to be a home owner. Regardless, she seems, to me, to need coaching in salesmanship and courtesy.

I have had various people come to our door and refuse to take my response, "We're not interested in [whatever you have to offer], and keep me occupied for several minutes, wasting their time and mine.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:55 PM

Howdy

busy day raking,mowing and cleaning up.Most of the trees are done as far as for me to do.Did see a short q 501 in town today with 2 bnsf units for power.Justin as for sales people... Had a company wanting to come check my basement.I love solicitor calls when I am awake.I set up an appointment for a friday afternoon.I saw them drive in turn around and leave.( I live in a mobile home).Found thier number in the book and called after about 20 minutes and asked why they didn't stop.Gave then a bit of a rant.rain on the way for tommorow.Cw thanks for supper.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 29, 2009 9:21 PM

JoeKoh
I live in a mobile home.

You remind me of the story about the guy who posed as a police detective investigating a murder when a telemarketer called...

I've got "do not call" on my line, so the telemarketers aren't usually a problem.  Unfortunately, political types are exempt.   Fortunately, I have caller ID.  Wonderful thing.

When the kids were at home and young (12 and up) and if I wasn't home they always let the answering machine take the calls, so they didn't have to explain that there was no adult present...

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Posted by cherokee woman on Friday, October 30, 2009 5:40 AM

Good Friday morning, everyone.  Nice and calm right now.  No rain yet, but we're supposed to be getting it in here anytime, will be raining off and on all day, with gusty winds.  When I awoke at 5, the temp was 59 degrees.  Supposed to get up into the 60s, I believe is what I heard for today.

Coffee, juices, hot beverages and hot water for tea are all fresh and ready to go.

On the counter this morning;  the regular assortment of doughnuts, danish, bagels, bear claws.

Mookie:  have you coffee mug all cleaned up and waiting to pour your coffee, whenever you get in.

Everyone enjoy your breakfast, have a good day and take care.  What would you all like to have to lunch and supper today?

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, October 30, 2009 6:55 AM

43 and dark here.  Later when the sun comes up - or at least light comes thru - 1/2 of state is white and our 1/2 is wet and green under more leaves than I have seen for many years.  We had a real bin buster on leaves this year. 

Coffee exceptionally good this morning.  Put a dash of skim in it and called it a "skinny latte".  Not too bad and price is right.

Laundry calling - trying to hide.

Moo

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, October 30, 2009 7:07 AM

morning

rain on and off here in nw ohio.matt is on time and on the bus.Tinora plays host to hicksville tonight for the leaugue and state football playoff spots.mamma has a follow up appointment today and wants to do lunch too.Maybe we will find a train or two today.

stay safe

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Posted by Modelcar on Friday, October 30, 2009 9:36 AM

Overcast and windy.....but warm....69 degrees now at 10:30.

 Blowing leaves in from the golf course and blowing some of my neighbors leaves...out of my yard....So I wonder if it will be a net loss of total leaves here for me.

Right now, it looks like I can still handle what's here now, with my mulching tractor / mower.

Near by trees have maybe 20% remaining leaves to yet be blowed off.

Quentin

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