I don’t know how many inches of snow fell on the Upper Perogie Belt yesterday and last night, but it was a lot. When I got out of bed Thursday morning, it was dumping something like an inch per hour. It was crazy.
Toney and I watched the news, and they said it wouldn’t stop until around 2 a.m. Then they showed live shots of Interstate 81, and it was snow-covered, and nearly abandoned.
Funk dat, I said. I called work (they’d already called me twice about other things), and told them I wouldn’t be in. I have a 40 mile trek, and my inner-sensors told me it would be foolish to attempt it. Especially if it was going to continue snowing. It would probably be a two-hour sphincter-bruising ride both ways.
I could tell they weren’t very happy, because I was complicating things for them. But, I’m not going to be stranded in Rusted Trumpet, Pennsylvania, during the middle of the night. Ya know? I’d just remain in this chair, ‘neath a comfy blanket, thank you very much.
The younger boy and I went out around 2 in the afternoon and shoveled. There was a lot of snow, but it was the light and fluffy kind, so it wasn’t so bad. We cleaned off all three cars, and cleared the driveway and sidewalk. It was a 90 minute odyssey, but we left it a true thing of beauty.
I decided to do a beer ‘n’ chips run, and Toney told me I was crazy. But once I got out of our neighborhood, the roads were in decent shape. The beer store, however, was closed. I guess they’d opted for the comfy blanket, too? Pussies.
So, I had to settle for an overpriced grocery store 12-pack. Oh well. I also purchased green and orange bags of Lay’s chips. Buy one, get one free — at twice the regular price! Awesome.
We had chili for dinner, and I invited everyone to watch The Hammer with me, afterward. It’s an indie film Adam Carolla made a few years ago. I saw it, back when I still got DVDs from Netflix, and it was surprisingly good. So, I bought a copy for something like $2.42, through Amazon Marketplace.
Toney graciously declined, but the boys and I watched it. It’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s entertaining. He’s working on a new movie now, about a standup comedian who had a sitcom, but was forced to hit the road again after it was canceled, and money got tight. It will at least be well-written, I know.
Carolla is a polarizing figure, but I think he’s hilarious. I also admire his work ethic, and willingness to try almost anything. For instance, he’s nearly finished with a serious documentary about Paul Newman’s racing career. He has no business making documentaries… but is doing one anyway. And it’ll probably be pretty damn good. The guy is fearless, and works his ass off.
Anyway, we watched the movie, and I climbed atop the platform around 11:30. And during the night I received several frantic texts from people at work, asking if they could go home, without being penalized. “There’s eight more inches, just since we got here!” one of the messages read. But I didn’t answer them, ’cause I was in bed, snug and warm and clear-cutting timber. Heh.
According to this article, there’s at least a small amount of snow on the ground in every state, except Florida. Were you part of this week’s storm of the century? Was it better or worse than last week’s? Did it cause you any trouble (like it did in North Carolina)? Please tell us about it, won’t you? Use the comments link below.
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Nine inches of heavy, wet snow, but I made a provisioning run the night before, so, once that stuff was cleared off my cliff-like driveway, it was smooth sailing.
I think we had a daytime low temp of about 65 degrees this past week.
John Smith says
Rode my Harley home from work in a t-shirt today. Supposed to mid 80’s in a couple of days.
WB in OH says
You two can go fuck yourselves, to use the parlance of our time.
WB in OH says
By some miracle, most of Ohio was spared from the latest batch of white death.
It was 68 degrees yesterday in sunny Sacramento. Of course we are all about to run out of water in CA so don’t be to jealous…
It was hell here in North Alabama. I heard there was a Black Friday style trampling at WalMart, but as you’ve pointed out, you hear a lot of bullshit in the South. Absolutely everything was shut down. It’s just now starting to open back up, there’s still snow on the ground.
I’m a big fan of Adam Carolla. I listen to his podcast daily. He’s only controversial because he doesn’t subscribe to bullshit. And that’s how the bullshit dealers handle that situation – they paint their detractors as “controversial” or just plain stupid or crazy. Fuck them.
Here in Central Texas it’s 73 and sunny today… two days ago it was 25 and frozen.
Same report from out here in West Texas.
Missed us completely up here in Detroit.
But we’ve got about 12-18 inches on the ground and it’s colder than hell. The Great Lakes are something like 90% ice covered, and you can drive your car or even land a small plane (really) on most of the inland lakes, the ice is so thick.
Last week or so we had a 40 degree swing in temperature from low to high and it was still only in the mid 20’s as a high.
This winter needs to go. Now.
Seventeen inches of snow at my house in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, far less than the 2010 storm dumped on us. It’s 48 degrees out there now and melting, so it wasn’t too bad.
My husband may disagree – he spent four hours out there with the snow blower yesterday. Long driveways are a bitch.
I live about an hour and a half from you Jeff so we got a lot of snow too. We are getting another 2-4 inches tonight.
To paraphrase Maxwell Smart, we missed leaving on time by that much! If we (wife and I) had been able to leave a half hour earlier we would have been home with no problems. We got half way home (less than fifteen mile drive) after four hours and gave up, walking 2 miles to our friends house. Fortunately, they had plenty of beer and food so all was well..
We did have a small fender bender on the way too. This was traveling from Chapel Hill to the east side of Durham, NC.
Got up at 10:00 the next day and were home in 15 minutes. I wanted to head to our friends early, but my wife realllly wanted to get home. I should listen to me sometimes!
We got about a foot with more to come. I had finished watching a movie, went to put a glass in the dishwasher and saw a flash and heard a rumble. Thought it was the TV but it was a goddamn thunderstorm with rain coming down all batshit crazy. Woke up to another 8 inches (yeah – almost 2 feet). We’re supposed to get another 6 -8 tonight. I’m starting to resemble Quasi Modo with this unnatural shovel hunch.
Not too bad here in NoVa. I woke up Thursday morning to about a foot of snow. Shoveled paths to be able to walk out to the street, and to give myself garbage can access. My neighbor across the street graciously snowblowered the sidewalks on the whole block! Today I partly dug out the car, and there was a lot of melting. We’re supposed to get another couple of inches tonight. Can’t wait for the ice over the weekend.
Checking in from Phoenix doing well… It is a tad warm and have to use the A/C in the car so the mileage is suffering a bit but I will survive. I also might have to add a chlorine tablet early this week in the pool…. When will this suffering end?
But it does confirm my choice to move here from Chicago in 1999. I could have done worse.
Chuck in Belpre says
Go fuck yourself. I mean that in the most respectful way. Thank you for your courage.
I’m always inspired by stories about the flight of white people from the great cities of the north to places that ran out of water 20 years ago but haven’t paid the piper yet.
And it’s nice to hear from Chuck.
Thursday in central Virginia we got hit with 4″ – 5″ of heavy snow. I shovel the driveway and walkway in 1 hour but I think I may have pulled a man boob while pushing the snow. I was hurting this morning but made it into work without issues. I realized something was wrong when I got at work and there were only 5 cars In the parking lot. I failed to read the ‘code red’ until noon message. I made up for it by cutting out early.
Adam C is great. He makes very funny observations and analogies.
Senses of humor are a little like fingerprints: some are greasier than others, but I find Adam Carolla to be so self involved that he is utterly unable to laugh at himself, which is often the font of great comedy. He strikes me as a self-centered asshole.
I subscribe to about 20 podcasts, and his isn’t one of them. I accept that he’s popular because a lot of people listen to his ‘cast. He just ain’t my cup of joe.
I find he laughs at himself and his situation all of the time.
The Divine Miss E says
We got about the same amount of snow here in ol’ West Michigan last week as we’ve gotten every week since the middle of November. We’re up to 22 inches on the ground right now, and 112 inches so far this winter. I could not be more tired of this winter. I’m especially tired of cleaning off my car, which got so stuck in my driveway this week that I had to have someone with a truck come pull it out. This winter blows.
Jeff, you may never need this, but just in case:
I had to listen to a bunch of non-Floridians bitch about the snow and cold. Oh, and I had to wear a jacket the other day.
I’ve lived in Florida all my life so I don’t think I’d ever survive up north. But you guys amaze me. I don’t know how you do it but congratulations on living through the last few weeks.
I listen to carolla all the time. Possibly directed initially by Jeff. I listen to him, Marc Maron, Greg Fitzimmons, Bill Burr, and Jay Mohr.
It’s good stuff, sometimes repetitive. But his show is more like an actual radio show than the others.
Oh and I donated 50 bucks I think to Road Hard.
I don’t know this Toyota Corolla guy. Lately I’ve been listening to Billy Connolly and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. Good stuff. Also Craig Shoemaker of course; I can hold two cups of coffee and a dozen donuts.
And on-topic, I spent a couple of hours today digging out the plow-wave between my driveway and the street, and also the driveway itself. I’m still happy not to live in some godforsaken hellhole like Florida or Arizona.