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BS: Winter Stinks!!!

29 Jan 09 - 09:28 PM (#2552495)
Subject: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: catspaw49

Okay, I know it can be beautiful (it is here right now anyway) but it just sucks big as well. Storm comes in, lotsa' snow, lotsa' gawdamn ICE! Trees are beautiful, the landscapes are lovely, the roads are gawdawful. Every year this happens and some years worse than others...........I tried the more temperate climes but like a dumbass I keep coming home to Ohio..................***SIGH***..............The power has been out for 3 days and just came back on........It used to be an adventure and now its a pain in the ass..............Old age is setting in.

As I've gotten older I've noticed that at times it crosses my mind that there will only be some smaller number of "somethings" left to do--fewer camping trips, fewer Christmastimes......counting down in a way. I guess that might be a bit natural, realizing mortality and all. Generally when one of those thoughts comes along I might feel a bit sad for a minute or two but I tell ya' what........when I consider that the number of winters I have left are equally diminishing it brings a smile and a warm, fuzzy, feeling...............

Fuck winter.


Spaw


29 Jan 09 - 09:55 PM (#2552509)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Little Hawk

I find nothing at all to disagree with in the above post. I could just as well have written it myself. So may I join you, Spaw, in saying...

FUCK WINTER!!!

- Little Hawk


29 Jan 09 - 09:59 PM (#2552511)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Rapparee

Well, I disagree with both of you.

I just LOVE sliding down the icy hill, the all-wheel-drive skidding; I just LOVE the slush which, overnight, freezes into car-shattering lumps of ice; I just LOVE knowing that I can depend upon other drivers to drive as they should; I just LOVE having the brass monkey banging on the door to be let inside.

WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Let's send it all to Ohio and Ontario where they can appreciate it!


29 Jan 09 - 10:04 PM (#2552517)
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From: Midchuck

Ski. (Fixed-heel downhill, XC classic, XC skate, tele, alpine touring, your call.)

Snowshoe.

Ice skate.

Lurk in the woods and take potshots at the goddam snowmobilers. (sorry, politically incorrect. Must be more tolerant. Everyone has the constitutional right to make a lot of noise, ruin the show, and stink up the air. Forgive me.)

Come in, take a hot shower, drink beer and pick a tune or read a bad novel in front of the woodstove.

It's like old age. It can be comfortable if you work with it and don't fight it.

Peter


29 Jan 09 - 10:05 PM (#2552520)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Rapparee

Do not take potshots at snowmobilers.

String wire across trails instead.


29 Jan 09 - 10:10 PM (#2552524)
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From: Amos

Very, very thin wire...

slanted so they get thrown into a gully.


A


29 Jan 09 - 10:27 PM (#2552529)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Fuck Winter!


29 Jan 09 - 10:31 PM (#2552531)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

Well after yesterday's dump of 30 centimeters of snow I took my dog and walked 2.9 kl on the street then another 3 kl in the woods where I left him running and playing in lots of snow. I'm not a lover of winter but in my opinion I like the four seasons instead of one which has gotten to me way to hot in recent years. I'm off to Florida in 4 weeks for 10 days and I know i will love it. But I will be glad to be back in the great white north.
Beer (adrien)


29 Jan 09 - 10:58 PM (#2552544)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Rapparee

Whose woods these are I think I know
He lives in Arizona, though.
He will not mind me stopping here
To watch the goddam fuckin' snow.


29 Jan 09 - 11:02 PM (#2552548)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

Thanks for a great laugh just before going to bed.
That was great.
Adrien


29 Jan 09 - 11:04 PM (#2552550)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: katlaughing

Sheesh, Spaw! Take care and stop that inward-mortal crap, okay?!


30 Jan 09 - 12:21 AM (#2552570)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: artbrooks

Well golly, people. I kinda like winter. Sun doesn't come up until almost 6 in the morning, so I can sleep in easier. It is cool enough to need a jacket or sweater most of the day, so I don't get all sweaty when I go for a long walk in the sunshine. Snow up on the mountain, so I can enjoy looking at it, but never have to get closer if I don't want to. The occasional snow flurry early in the day, to enjoy through the coffee shop window while I have my second cuppa coffee. Even a 3 or 4 inch snow fall every two or three years, to remind me why I don't live in Ohio or Pennsylvania any more. Winter is just fine!!!


30 Jan 09 - 12:34 AM (#2552581)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Peace

I'm with Spaw and LH: FUCK winter.


30 Jan 09 - 02:41 AM (#2552609)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Georgiansilver

I guess like most people I don't like feeling cold, don't like slip/sliding on the ice etc but I don't feel badly about winter or any other season... all part of lifes rich tapestry... If we didn't appreciate how bad Winter can be how would we have learnt to appreciate Summer? At least the seasons aren't boring! They may appear up and down but what the heck? So is the rest of life in this world.


30 Jan 09 - 08:39 AM (#2552807)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Bat Goddess

Whiner!

Our power was out for SIX days in our December ice storm. And Wednesday we not only got too much f%#king snow, but about an inch of ice crust on top, thanks to the storm ending in sleet and freezing rain.

Sigh. At least I didn't have to drive in it -- the weather pattern this winter is to get dumped with sucky weather on my day off.

I'm with Spaw -- enough, already! We've HAD enough winter. It can warm up any time now. (Although slowly might be nice so we can avoid Mud Season, which can be almost worse than winter...)

Linn


30 Jan 09 - 08:49 AM (#2552815)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Will Fly

At least you're used to the f*ck*ng snow across the pond. We get it so rarely these days in the south of England that, when we get an inch or so on the main roads, the whole f*ck*ng country grinds to a slow f*ck*ng halt. As if we'd never had f*ck*ng snow before. It makes you f*ck*ng weep to see how badly the f*ck*ng drivers get along with it. People in Scandinavia, who have lots and lots of regular f*ck*ng snow, have a great f*ck*ng belly laugh at us for being so f*ck*ng pathetic.

Have a great f*ck*ng winter!

Will


30 Jan 09 - 09:23 AM (#2552838)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

Lets see what happens on Monday Groundhog Day.


30 Jan 09 - 09:30 AM (#2552851)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Liz the Squeak

Forecast for the UK is snowy... can't wait!!!

Actually, I find winter is less fragrant than the thread title would suggest. The cold freezes the cat turds in my garden so that a) I can't smell them and b) they're frozen solid and don't squish into the sole of my boots/shoes if I accidentally tread on them.

LTS


30 Jan 09 - 09:35 AM (#2552855)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Rapparee

Put a bag over the hole and when the damned thing pops out close the bag and kill and eat the groundhog.

Actually, I wouldn't mind snow at all if it didn't fall on concrete, asphalt, tarmac or gravel and stayed on the grass and up in the hills where it belongs.


30 Jan 09 - 10:51 AM (#2552919)
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From: topical tom

WINTER SUCKS!


30 Jan 09 - 11:00 AM (#2552929)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Amos

The mass delusion which takes over the Mudcat Mind this time of year, this fixation on imaginary "snow", is really puzzling, not just because of the nature of mass hypnosis, but that it seems to occur so regularly between December and March every year.

What accounts for this mass delusion? How can so many be fooled so completely for so long, so regularly?

This is an excellent premise for a research paper. Here in Southern California we have managed to achieve a certain immunity, so maybe somebody at UCLA or UCSD should do it.


A


30 Jan 09 - 11:05 AM (#2552933)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Bryn Pugh

I'm with Will Fly - Haef an inch of snow, then the UK is fucked - in spades !

Seven to two that whn it does come in the UK this weekend it will be the wrong kind of snow . . .


30 Jan 09 - 12:44 PM (#2553025)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: catspaw49

Hey Linn......We've had alternate ice and snow so its one helluva' mess but its real cold right now BUT.........I think its Sunday the temp is supposed to be up to 40+ with Sun and then fall back to the 10-20 range Monday.

Meaning (for those of you unfamiliar) some of the top stuff will melt leaving an inch of water atop solid ice which makes driving without studs or chains completely laughable. Then it will refreeze making some of the underlayer so hard it will still be wiith us in the Spring.

Know what I love? Those piles of black stuff in parking lots during March and even later that is the remnants of plowed off snow and ice. No matter how old you are, you drive past the things and think, "What the4 hell is THAT?" at least for a second or two til it dawns on you that winter is still melting away..........

Spaw


30 Jan 09 - 01:28 PM (#2553057)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: gnu

That groundhog might be an excuse for celebrations down south, but, up here, if a groundhog gets out of its den Feb 2, it has a backhoe.

Oh... yeah... DITTO winter.


30 Jan 09 - 01:39 PM (#2553069)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Little Hawk

Let's hear it for the groundhog!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to hear Phil's prognostications this year. And Wiarton Willie's too, of course.


30 Jan 09 - 01:44 PM (#2553077)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: gnu

DITTO the hog.


30 Jan 09 - 03:13 PM (#2553169)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: bankley

but there's not so many riots in snowy places...

and it's hard work shovelling a path to the barricades


30 Jan 09 - 03:45 PM (#2553190)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: gnu

Not near as many snipers, either. Oh, there might be, but with the big mittens, they can't get a shot off in time with all the people scurrying to get in out of the cold.


31 Jan 09 - 09:40 AM (#2553637)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Midchuck

Another snowstorm possible on Tuesday. Not sure where we're going to PUT it when we shovel.

But I guess I'd better put in time on the roof, getting enough shoveled off so the next storm won't overload it.

I didn't really express wishes in the past few years, for a "good, old-fashioned winter." Did I?

Peter


31 Jan 09 - 09:53 AM (#2553644)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: bobad

Here in Eastern Ontario it was only the fourth time since 1938 that we didn't have a January thaw ie. the temperature never went above 0℃.

It is -31℃ this morning with the wind chill and I'm going out to walk the dog - we're not called crazy Canucks for nothing.


31 Jan 09 - 10:13 AM (#2553655)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

I'm about an hour from Bobad. Further South East and it is an absolute beautiful day. Getting ready also to take the dog for a run in the woods.
Adrien


31 Jan 09 - 10:43 AM (#2553686)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: gnu

Nice here now. A skiff of snow today. Warming up to 6 and rain on Tuesday. We have had a great winter so far.

A buddy sent me some pics from his buddy in Saskatoon... drifts up to the eaves of the houses. I don't miss storms like that.


31 Jan 09 - 11:09 AM (#2553708)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: kendall

I was in England one year around Christmas, and the weather report said that the latest storm produced a lot of snow, some of the drifts were THREE INCHES HIGH! Hell, I've had more snow than that on my window sill during a strong wind, and that was on th INSIDE!

Sliding down the Barracks Hill beyond the speed of light,
Never knew a heart could beat that fast
Frosty nose toes numb with cold

d de de de dee
But we didn't know these moments wouldn't last

Anyone know this song?


31 Jan 09 - 11:21 AM (#2553716)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

Sounds like a Buddy Wasisname Name and the Other Fellers tune.
Adrien


31 Jan 09 - 11:30 AM (#2553721)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Charmion

Yesterday, as my colleague Chris looked out the window into the usual bloody Friday afternoon snowstorm, he said, "Il neige des peaux de lievre" -- it's snowing rabbit skins. (He's from a sub-Arctic hamlet in northern Quebec.) Huge, fluffy clumps piling down on the ugly industrial park surrounding our DND office building almost took the Bad Fairy's curse off the place.

But it was no damn' fun driving home, with Ottawa's traffic still swollen by commuters who should be on the bus -- the transit strike is finally over after 51 days in the coldest winter in years, but not one bus will hit the road for at least a week. Most of the main arterial roads were reduced to half their normal capacity by huge snowbanks, and the intersections were all gummed up with churned slush that causes cars with automatic transmissions (and inept drivers) to skid and fishtail. Also, Edmund was driving home from Kingston in the middle of it. I was even more than usually grateful to hear him bumping in the front door with a week's worth of laundry, safe and sound.


31 Jan 09 - 11:51 AM (#2553737)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: gnu

Beer... minds me I was chattin with some the on the MV Caribou (NF Ferry) one night after they did a gig in the lounge. Cookie was servin up a fine scoff and he was a card.

It was a nasty night, and f'ard was bobbin a cork... wind, rain, lightning, fog. Someone made a comment about how thick the fog was, even with all the wind and rain.

Cookie says, "Dis fog's nare bad t'all. Now, da stuff I hadda shovel dis marn ta git ta da boat, dat were t'ick me zon!"


31 Jan 09 - 11:51 AM (#2553738)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

Not exactly the same I guess. This is done by Buddy and Wassisname.



THE SALT BEEF JUNKIE ALBUM

STILL SOME MORE TO GO

Sliding down the Barracks hill beyond the speed of light
I didn't know the heart could beat that fast
Frozen tears on crimson cheeks and toes gone numb with cold
But we didn't know those moments wouldn't last.

Chorus:
Gone are the days and lost are the ways
As memories they're frozen now in time
Now the hills seem so much steeper and the ride costs so much more
But hang on cause there's still some more to go.

Sneaking in on apple trees, pitch dark and numb with fear
Driven by the devil's urge for thrills
Stomach pains and muscle strains and a fear of mother's wrath
But we didn't know those moments wouldn't last.

Chorus

Blowing in from Goose Bay head with a sail rigged to the punt
Singing, laughing, free from every care,
A northeast breeze it was total ease; we might be home by dark
But we didn't know those moments wouldn't last.


Chorus

Rolling in the sawdust and jumping in the hay
Playing cowboys, swimming in the brook
Summers never ended, there were days as long as months,
But we didn't know those moments wouldn't last.

Chorus


31 Jan 09 - 11:52 AM (#2553739)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

That is good Gnu. Real good.


31 Jan 09 - 11:55 AM (#2553740)
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From: gnu

Oops... some lads...

Charmion.... Kingston? RMC? I was a breath away from attending when I was a lad.


31 Jan 09 - 11:59 AM (#2553741)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: artbrooks

Gotta go out now. Considering taking a jacket...nah.


31 Jan 09 - 12:02 PM (#2553743)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Beer

I have been following the bus strike situation and if I was going through it I would be royally pissed at both sides for making the public go through this in the winter time.
IMHO
Adrien


31 Jan 09 - 12:05 PM (#2553747)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Amos

Ayeuah, it is.

It is interesting how the outside observer to a mass delusion gets locked into limbo such that he cannot unsettle the group agreement on the given delusion. The in-agreement conversations continue just as though the outside-the-agreement communication never occurred. Good subject for a sociological thesis.


A


31 Jan 09 - 12:30 PM (#2553763)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Ebbie

Amos and artbrooks, if you are going to live together at least get into sync with your theme! I don't know which of you to curse. :)

Actually, I like winter. And I definitely like it better than I like summer time 'down south'. Temperatures of 80 degrees and up with humidity the same? Brrrrrr. And I don't mean cold.


31 Jan 09 - 02:26 PM (#2553836)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: artbrooks

Amos is about 1000 miles west of me. He lives in the land of traffic jams.


31 Jan 09 - 02:28 PM (#2553838)
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From: gnu

Toasty jams, though.


31 Jan 09 - 02:30 PM (#2553840)
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From: Alice

I like spring,
but SPRING STINKS when all the snow banks melt and the cow manure and doggy doo built up over winter starts thawing out.


31 Jan 09 - 02:31 PM (#2553842)
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From: JohnB

Listening to the news last night I had a thought (I don't get many so I thought I would share it)
It's +40 degrees in Ausralia somewhere, it's around -5 to -20 or more(or is that less) if you include wind chill here and has been for at least the last three bloody weeks.
Therefore I propose that weather is like money/wealth, it has a total unequal global distribution.
I therefore propose that Bill Gates sends me some of his money and I will send as much snow as I can to Australia in return for a bit of heat.
Or as Spaw said Fuck Winter.
JohnB.


31 Jan 09 - 02:42 PM (#2553852)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Ebbie

JohnB, work on it, OK?

Or is temperature just as it is with light? All parts of the world end up with equal amounts eventually, just at different times.

Let's see:

Fairbanks, in the interior of Alaska, frequently hits -60 or lower and in summer frequently hits 95F. Average temperature: 77F

Straia: High of 115F, low of 20F. (Does Australia ever sink to 20 degrees?) Average: 67F

Am I onto something here? *g*


31 Jan 09 - 02:47 PM (#2553860)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Amos

Well, Ebb, we live right up near the great Pacific, just behind the shore hills, and we get these nice maritime breezes in summer. The humidity is nerver much of a problem, anymore than that imaginary snow that drives folks in less perfect places into such tizzies.


;>)


A


31 Jan 09 - 03:46 PM (#2553886)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: kendall

Beer, that's the one, thanks.

By the way,fuck winter. Humans were never designed to live in this climate.


31 Jan 09 - 04:09 PM (#2553914)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Rapparee

Ergo, those who do live in wintery climes aren't human?


31 Jan 09 - 04:14 PM (#2553919)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Amos

Those aren't traffic jams, Art. LA has traffic jams. We just like to get together out on the Interstate and open the car windows and moon-roofs to enjoy the balmy, sun-drenched breezes and the ocean air wafting over Paradise. ;>)


A


31 Jan 09 - 04:35 PM (#2553928)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Ebbie

Amos, you are making me weep. :)

I have spent time in various climes- and have rarely found a summer time down south that is palatable to me.

Even San Diego. Yes, I realize that San Diegans consider their climate ideal- rarely smoggy, rarely rainy, rarely temperatures above 75F.

Ha, I say. That ain't good enough for me. My daughter used to live in S.D. and I have visited them there. I have seen a day when the temp was 94 degrees - and my daughter thought nothing of requiring us all to "go for a nice walk". Ha, I say.

Winter time, now that is different. But even then you don't have the crisp, seemingly never-used air and the sweet and cold clear water that we have up here.

sigh I guess I'll just have to fall back on the knowledge that if we're lucky, we all end up where we need and want to be.

Even in winter, where the weather in Juneau the last month has been springlike- meaning changeable in the extreme.


31 Jan 09 - 05:42 PM (#2553977)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: Joybell

Spaw -- Do you know that could be me talking!! if I skip over the words like "snow", and replace the word "Winter" with "Summer". I'm feeling EXACTLY the same way about Summer.
Joy


09 Jan 17 - 01:47 PM (#3831491)
Subject: RE: BS: Winter Stinks!!!
From: keberoxu

Funny, there was much talk on this thread about Groundhog Day. But when The Day actually came, the Mudcat members ditched this thread completely. Guess they started a new thread.

One reason Winter Stinks is the infectious disease factor. When I was at university, I always thought of certain periods during the semesters, especially the semester that started after the year-end holidays, as Infirmary Season.   

We have a flu/'novovirus' covering ground rapidly on this continent. Those things are always ugly and sometimes fatal. And with several more snow and ice bound months to go, all of us being cooped up indoors together and only some of us washing our hands as often as we ought to do, the sicknesses will get worse before they get better.


09 Jan 17 - 11:16 PM (#3831599)
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From: leeneia

diseases? Read some articles about tropical diseases, and then you will bless cold and snow for killing off so many parasites and other pathogens.


10 Jan 17 - 06:23 AM (#3831641)
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From: Hrothgar

34 degrees Celsius here for the next few days - that's about 94 Fahrenheit.

The warm day comes on Saturday, when 36 degrees is forecast.

Don't even think about the sub-tropical humidity that comes with it.


10 Jan 17 - 03:42 PM (#3831764)
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From: JennieG

Going to be warmer here, Roger......38 and 40 deg. At least, being inland, we don't have to factor in humidity.

So while you folk Over There are freezing your little bums off, spare a thought for those of us who would like to be......


10 Jan 17 - 04:37 PM (#3831770)
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From: keberoxu

I particularly agree with the late lamented Spaw's post of 30 January 2009 about "those piles of black stuff in parking lots." I know exactly what he meant.


10 Jan 17 - 05:44 PM (#3831779)
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From: Rapparee

I'm going home tomorrow (I hope I am) to 20 inches of SNOW, RAIN, and more coming...temps in the minus ugly range.


11 Jan 17 - 01:55 PM (#3831947)
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From: keberoxu

Bundle up and don't take a tumble! Bon voyage.