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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We interrupt this blog for a live storm update

About six hours ago, we warned readers that a new blast of snow and ice was heading Portland's way. Here's an update: It's still coming! And now it's six hours closer than before. It could start just around sunrise. Or maybe later. Or maybe sooner!

They're closing the schools based on the forecasts. They're cancelling everything. Snow -- snow, people! And maybe freezing rain -- freezing rain! Don't take chances. Put your life on hold. Remain in your home. And stay tuned to bojack.org Storm Center 9000.2 for further updates.

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I can see from the graphic at the top of the page that it's really coming down in Portland right now!

For those of use who rarely use Trimet, and who question many of its decisions,
I would like to thank the Line 77 driver who got me to work today.

I had my fare ready, and even though the route number was stuck on 19 (he managed to beat sense into it) we all got safely to work.

He welcomed each of us and for the intoxicated father of two youngsters, he managed to get them to a safe stop.

He never passed a stop with someone waiting and was always cheerful.

I need these monents to remeber that Trimet is not about management, but about its on-the road people and the lives they are entrusted with.

Well at least most of the schools made their mind up early so parents can try to plan ahead...

Back in 2003 (as I recall) I ignored the talking heads, the meteorologists, all predicting doom. I didn't believe 6 inches of snow followed by freezing rain.

I had a 12 year old 130 pound Newfoundland with bad hips and a younger crazier female black lab.

I was conceited at my peril. I didn't clear the paths or the deck in the backyard as the snow fell, I didn't plan for bad weather that might last more than a day.

Here's what I remember from THAT year. I didn't clear the snow (which ended up six inches deep) from my gates and doors. My poor old dog fell on the icy top of the snow - I had a bale of straw for traction, but duh, I couldn't get the gate open to get to it. After I managed to push and pull a 130 pound old dog back to the deck, I managed to push and pull a bale of straw through 6 inches of snow in freezing temps and heft it over the gates that were frozen shut into the backyard where I could start to spread it for the dog's traction.

While I, too, hear the craziness that usually accompanies the meteorologists and their predictions, I'll never forget that time, me hauling a huge ailing dog off the ice and snow. So, I prepare now, regardless.

Since that winter, I've never followed entirely the idea to 'wait and see' if "it happens".

Will Ted Wheeler pull a Diane Linn?

Will the "trains" freeze up?

Will the news stations dispatch a quorum of agents to record each flake of snow?

Which station will coin the best "Storm Team XXX" slogan?

What color of tie will Steve Dunn wear?

So many questions....

As Threepio said, "We'll be destroyed for sure! This is madness! We're doomed."

It's a snow storm people.
Have some real food you can actually cook, and some water, flashlights, batteries, your medications, etc for more than 2 or 3 days.
I know it sounds corny, but back in the olden days, we even lost power and had to cook in the fire place or on our camp stove and the toilet didn't have water because the water pump from the well ran on electricity!
And yes, the farm animals needed water and food too.

It's probably a good thing that everything will be closing as no one seems to know how to drive with snow/ice on the roads! PEOPLE- Don't stomp on the gas pedal, all it will do is make your tires spin more and probably will make your car block traffic. Ease your foot onto the gas pedal!

So Much Things To Say, Bob Marley

Cuz when the rain falls, it don't, fall on one man's house top
Remember that
See when this rain falls, it don't, fall on one man's house top
They've got so much things to say right now

Which observation, then, leads to a second sustaining 'corny' wisdom: Help one another, and inasmuch as we help the least among us, we help ourselves.

Obviously, Roland Emmerich should be making a movie about this.

But seriously, isn't it possible to prepare without all the doom'n'gloom frothing?

The smart thing to do is to stay riveted to bojack.org Storm Center 9000.2 until the danger has passed.

Well I got to work today early enough to open the building lobby to the other folks now coming in to work. On my drive in from Gresham to SW Portland, I noted a very slight dusting of snow from about 122nd Ave. to 82nd. Avenue. As I look out my office windows on Barbur Blvd. I see absolutely nothing that resembles snow at
8:00 A.M. Have a great day everyone!

It always makes me laugh when you guys have snow and ice. Everybody totally freaks out and panics. Around here, we just suck it up (it's also 15 degrees colder). The reason we had school canceled Monday was because the diesel in the buses had turned to jello, but otherwise they were planning on running.

And when I was a kid I had to walk uphill -- both ways -- in neck-deep snow, and we couldn't afford clothes then...
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Looks like the weather guys blew it again..... LOL !!!

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