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Title: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on April 24, 2010, 08:47:28 AM
It's the start of tornado season and my training from years and years of living smack in the middle of Hurricane Central in South Florida kicks in when TV forecasters start telling me that severe weather with possible tornadic activity is on the way.

I tend to freak a bit, staying glued to the computer/TV radar. Got a weather radio that starts braying whenever storms are close. And there's a tornado siren nearby that's gone off a few times in the last few years, exacerbating my nervousness.

Most of you have lived here for awhile. Is it all hype or do you head for the basement at the first sign of super cells on the radar? Have you personally experienced any ill effects from high winds/lightning. etc.? Should I be so concerned? I feel foolish.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 24, 2010, 09:24:23 AM
It's the start of tornado season and my training from years and years of living smack in the middle of Hurricane Central in South Florida kicks in when TV forecasters start telling me that severe weather with possible tornadic activity is on the way.

I tend to freak a bit, staying glued to the computer/TV radar. Got a weather radio that starts braying whenever storms are close. And there's a tornado siren nearby that's gone off a few times in the last few years, exacerbating my nervousness.

Most of you have lived here for awhile. Is it all hype or do you head for the basement at the first sign of super cells on the radar? Have you personally experienced any ill effects from high winds/lightning. etc.? Should I be so concerned? I feel foolish.

Sometimes I feel like we are over informed, but not about weather. We do have a drill, and know where we are going to run and hide if it gets tough outside, but as long as there is TV reception you can be pretty well informed about where the storm/storms are heading and when they will be there.  I always hate it when it starts hailing..   You know then that there is a tall, active thunderstorm over or near you. 

Keep your cell phone charged, watch the reports, and stay safe..  we like 'ya..

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on April 24, 2010, 11:00:03 AM
I'm a bad person to ask.  I grew up in Ohio in fairly active tornado country.  In those days I saw a couple and heard more but have come to the realization that they are often a very low percentile threat.  Unlike a hurricane or earthquake that hits a geographical region, you really have to be unlucky to be in the small portion of are that one touches down.  I was in Texas for a while and the folks in Oklahoma had ones that would go miles on the ground... not sure if it's the terrain around here but they seem to bounce more and spend less time on the ground (a good thing obviously).  I'm certainly not an expert, but that was all leading up to me saying that the news around here drives me crazy and I tend to ignore the weather.  Don't get me wrong, we know which corner of the basement (with a place for us and the dogs) to go and if I hear one (that sound I'll recognize) we'll head for the basement.  Been in this house almost 10 years and haven't made the trip yet.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 24, 2010, 08:41:49 PM
Growing up in SW Kansas in a house built on a slab, we learned to keep track of the weather. When the F1 came through downtown, I was calling the neighbors to get their butts into a safe area, and they were saying, "What are you worrying about?" Oy.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: The_Scientist on April 25, 2010, 10:24:43 AM
As a kid I freaked out when there was a tornado watch, even though I never actually saw one.  News reports always made them sound so scary, so I couldn't understand why no one seemed to take them seriously.  It's true that you have to be unlucky around here to get into the path of one, but it only makes sense to be prudent.  Know where to take shelter, have a radio handy, and a few emergency food and water supplies are a good idea as well.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on April 25, 2010, 12:13:53 PM
As a kid I freaked out when there was a tornado watch, even though I never actually saw one.  News reports always made them sound so scary, so I couldn't understand why no one seemed to take them seriously.  It's true that you have to be unlucky around here to get into the path of one, but it only makes sense to be prudent.  Know where to take shelter, have a radio handy, and a few emergency food and water supplies are a good idea as well.

You probably mean tornado warning (?).  I'm not trying to be super-picky, but there is a real difference between the two and people should know which is which. 

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/#2.4
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on May 08, 2010, 07:21:05 PM
Why can't Atlanta weather be like this in August? Perfect day.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 01, 2010, 12:16:43 AM


Holy smoke..    Look at this picture touted as being from Guatemala, a result of a tornado ?


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/01/storm-agatha-hole-guatemala (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/01/storm-agatha-hole-guatemala).

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 09, 2010, 05:05:31 PM


Big storm over Snellville/Centerville right now..     damn scary..  and I like lightning..

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on June 10, 2010, 06:17:08 AM
So are we all ready for temps in the mid-90s for the next several days? If this is any indication of what summer is going to be like, I'm staying indoors for the next few months.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 10, 2010, 02:38:13 PM
So are we all ready for temps in the mid-90s for the next several days? If this is any indication of what summer is going to be like, I'm staying indoors for the next few months.

No kidding, this is ridiculous.  Not only is it hot but the humidity has been unbearable lately.  Yard work = completely soaked clothes (straight through to my shorts) and lots of gatorade.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Melomom on June 10, 2010, 03:09:29 PM
I am trying to walk at 6 or 6:30 in the morning and the humidity is still unbelievable! 
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 10, 2010, 03:14:42 PM
I am trying to walk at 6 or 6:30 in the morning and the humidity is still unbelievable!  

The humidity is often still quite high even in the early morning hours (think dew on the grass).  Often the relative humidity is higher in the early morning than it is in the middle of the day.  There are some simple scientific explanations for this but I won't bore you...  ;)  You do get out before most of the sunshine and heat hits though.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on August 19, 2010, 10:46:59 AM
On a somewhat related note... there's at least one person on this forum who may have comments on this rumored change in weather-people: ONLINE STORY (http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2010/08/18/is-dagmar-midcap-leaving-wgcl/?cxntlid=thbz_hm)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on August 19, 2010, 11:02:44 AM
On a somewhat related note... there's at least one person on this forum who may have comments on this rumored change in weather-people: ONLINE STORY (http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2010/08/18/is-dagmar-midcap-leaving-wgcl/?cxntlid=thbz_hm)

Dagmar - C.I.A.

Cleavage In Action
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on August 19, 2010, 05:33:29 PM
A light sprinkling doesn't help. Only makes things seem hotter.  >:(
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on August 19, 2010, 05:36:11 PM
Only makes things seem hotter.  >:(

+1

We are still talking about Dagmar correct?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on August 19, 2010, 05:52:31 PM
No idea who Dagmar is. :-[
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on August 19, 2010, 06:19:08 PM
No idea who Dagmar is. :-[

So true, does anyone really know Dagmar, so true...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on December 16, 2010, 08:52:28 AM
Oh how I wish it would have snowed last night rather than that PITA sleet/freezing rain.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on December 16, 2010, 10:13:12 AM
Oh how I wish it would have snowed last night rather than that PITA sleet/freezing rain.

I have an SUV, been driving on "bad" weather for years and even I turned around after trying to head out about 5PM last night. Everyone says "But you have 4WD!". Yes, that allows you to slide on the ice with all 4 wheels facing the same direction.  ::)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on December 16, 2010, 11:00:44 AM
I almost fell on my butt this morning taking the dog for a walk. There was a thin sheet of ice right in front on our sidewalk. It didn't seem that cold.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Melomom on December 16, 2010, 12:29:38 PM
I found most of the streets to be wet rather than icy, but parking lots were really treacherous - not enough traffic I guess.  Now that it is raining they are probably OK.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on December 26, 2010, 09:45:39 AM
Has anybody ventured out yet this morning? In east/northeast Cobb, streets in my neighborhood look slushy/icy and have seen just one car, going verrrrry slowly. Wondering if we should try a grocery run.

Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on December 26, 2010, 10:03:34 AM
Has anybody ventured out yet this morning? In east/northeast Cobb, streets in my neighborhood look slushy/icy and have seen just one car, going verrrrry slowly. Wondering if we should try a grocery run.



Drive wit caution - isn't supposed to get above freezing, and pretty rough wind chill. I'm not getting out of the house - heck, hard enuf getting out of bed.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on December 26, 2010, 10:43:04 AM
My Dad is in E Cobb and said he's not going anywhere. He's usually the first one excited about "testing" the roads so for him to keep off them...I personally wouldn't try unless there's absolutely nothing in the house to eat. If you slide and damage the car you're going to be in a long line with the insurance and repair folks.

I'm stuck until AT LEAST Monday afternoon but I've been up here for 10+ years now and prepare for it. I have at least a months worth of food and meds at all time ;)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on December 26, 2010, 10:54:26 AM
I have at least a months worth of food and meds at all time ;)

Girl after my own heart... ;)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on December 26, 2010, 11:09:19 AM
I have at least a months worth of food and meds at all time ;)

Strangely, I remembered to have a month of meds in house, but forgot the bread.  :D
Am thinking I'll wait until tomorrow when I have to go to work in Roswell. Only problem then is I have to work late and drive back home at night with roads at below freezing. Not sure how brave I really am......
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on December 26, 2010, 11:40:20 AM
I've been running around south cobb for a couple hours...have to look for anything other than clean dry roads.   At sears replacing a dead battery :(  but absolutely no problems getting around so far.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on December 26, 2010, 01:56:34 PM
It is snowing again up here. I'm thinking Tuesday at the earliest now :p One of the very few times I wish my road and the 3 miles before me were owned by the government so I could have them plow and salt them!

Put another log on the fire.....
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on December 28, 2010, 05:31:33 PM
In my impatience to get off the mountians I attempted the feat before I should have. My SUV is now balancing precariously on a cliff after sliding about 100 feet and taking a few railway ties with it. It has another 20 feet it can fall before it damages the back. I have someone trying to get it back on the road but they couldn't get w/in d streets of mine. So it sits. If this was the first time I had overestimated this SUV's ability I could claim ignorance. But it's the 2nd time I've slid it off the mountain. It's very underpowered for its weight. I never thought I'd miss Alpharetta's traffic and restaurants, lol. There are 4 of here and we have food so we won't have to resort to Donnorism, but I always want something I can't have :)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on December 28, 2010, 08:56:41 PM
Yikes! Glad you are ok. We have an old Rav 4 that I always used to expect would be better in the snow than it really is. So we take the Volvo S40 when we drive to NY at Christmas. What kind of SUV do you have? We may be in the market for another that does well in the snow.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on December 28, 2010, 11:05:24 PM
I've lived in a 4WD area for years. I've had the following SUVs: Pathfinder, Liberty, Explorer, Cherokee and Wrangler. I would recommend the Cherokee and the Wrangler for having to deal with actual 4WD driving. All of them had 4WD and not AWD because I needed 4WDL. I have talked to a lot of car folk regarding 4WD and almost all have told me that for regular snow driving (not snow driving up a cliff like I'm doing) a good FWD car is fine. AWD if you're looking for an SUV would probably do well too. I suspect your RAV4 is underpowered. My fav was the Cherokee with a 5.7 V8. That thing went anywhere :)

The new Explorer will have FWD - I think for the first time ever. But they don't hold their value at all and the trim and fit were awful in mine. I had the EB edition and it was worse than my Pathfinder.

I've also had trucks. The problem with them is that unless you weigh down the back you may not get the full use of your 4WD

Edmunds.com is my go-to site for vehicles. Hang around the message boards and see what people are saying about the cars they own. You can find out the good and bad about anything you'd want in there ;)

My dream car is the Landcruiser. I ask for one every Christmas. I think the problem is that I need a bigger stocking....
 
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: The_Scientist on December 29, 2010, 10:07:25 AM
I lived in Detroit and worked for an automotive supplier for a lot of years.  I always had small FWD cars, and they performed well in all but the most nasty conditions when I wouldn't recommend anyone drive in any sort of vehicle.  Having antilock brakes is a great safety feature that every car should have no matter what conditions are.  4WD is best for the harshest conditions like the Serengeti or upstate NY, but unless you have a real need for that capability, it's usually a waste of money (and bad on gas mileage as well).  My sister lives in Vermont, and she like most people there has an AWD vehicle.  In fact she just bought a RAV4 which she likes a lot.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 08, 2011, 03:21:07 PM
I am back in Alpharetta so the weather has followed me.

Bread, milk, booze, snacks. I'm set :) And I have others watching my place in the woods. It's nice not to have to worry about a 4WD road to get out of but no one in this hood has a full house auto generator either :(

Hope everyone stays safe and warm!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 08, 2011, 03:34:58 PM
I am back in Alpharetta so the weather has followed me.

Bread, milk, booze, snacks. I'm set :) And I have others watching my place in the woods. It's nice not to have to worry about a 4WD road to get out of but no one in this hood has a full house auto generator either :(

Hope everyone stays safe and warm!

Latest guesstamates put the metro ATL snowfall at 3-6", with a record possible. Man, I remember snow jam - hoping it isn't as bad. But sleet is supposed to follow the snow, so everyone keep safe.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: bettylouski on January 08, 2011, 05:48:23 PM
So happy to be telecommuting on Monday. . . :)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 08, 2011, 05:58:12 PM
Monday's my compressed day off. Oh well.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 08, 2011, 05:59:28 PM
I am back in Alpharetta so the weather has followed me.

Bread, milk, booze, snacks. I'm set :) And I have others watching my place in the woods. It's nice not to have to worry about a 4WD road to get out of but no one in this hood has a full house auto generator either :(

Hope everyone stays safe and warm!

Latest guesstamates put the metro ATL snowfall at 3-6", with a record possible. Man, I remember snow jam - hoping it isn't as bad. But sleet is supposed to follow the snow, so everyone keep safe.

Yeah, we have too many ways to get info for a true Snowjam to happen again - that one caught us by surprise (if you're referring to 82). So many northerners don't understand our "snow/melt/freeze" situations and think we don't know how to drive on snow. Well, we don't but my husband was from upstate NY and couldn't drive in Snowjam either ;)

Power is my main worry.

The stores were completely empty of people and still had bread and milk when I went back out an hour ago. Tomorrow will probably be brutal.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on January 08, 2011, 11:04:28 PM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 09, 2011, 08:29:16 AM
We have two bags of Ice Melt for our decks and stairs (dogs have to make it to the back yard, dontcha know) but I'm wondering if some other product also works. Saw TV news shot of peeps loading up on big bags of something that I think said "pool" on it but couldn't catch the name of the product. Would like to pick up something for reserve. No more Ice Melt anywhere.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 09:08:00 AM
We have two bags of Ice Melt for our decks and stairs (dogs have to make it to the back yard, dontcha know) but I'm wondering if some other product also works. Saw TV news shot of peeps loading up on big bags of something that I think said "pool" on it but couldn't catch the name of the product. Would like to pick up something for reserve. No more Ice Melt anywhere.

Pool salts - used with a chlorine generator.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 09:17:22 AM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.
You guys are always welcome if your power goes out (and I still have mine...) ;D
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 09, 2011, 09:23:31 AM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.
You guys are always welcome if your power goes out (and I still have mine...) ;D

Same here, bring sleeping bags

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 09, 2011, 09:23:56 AM
Pool salts - used with a chlorine generator.

Thanks, KoPP. This is a lot like what I used to go through in South Florida when a hurricane threatened. Only there, I knew what supplies to lay in; here, not so much.  :P
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 09, 2011, 10:09:37 AM
We have two bags of Ice Melt for our decks and stairs (dogs have to make it to the back yard, dontcha know) but I'm wondering if some other product also works. Saw TV news shot of peeps loading up on big bags of something that I think said "pool" on it but couldn't catch the name of the product. Would like to pick up something for reserve. No more Ice Melt anywhere.

Pool salts - used with a chlorine generator.

May god have mercy on your surrounding landscape (grass, plants, etc.)  When it melts it has to go somewhere.  Be careful where you spread this stuff...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 09, 2011, 10:10:54 AM
I'm open to suggestions. The dogs have to get into the back yard without taking headers down the tall flight of stairs.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 10:38:34 AM
Kitty litter helps, but they'll track it in. Wipe their feet before they come in.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 09, 2011, 10:45:51 AM
Kitty litter, sand, salt...it all works. Or just put on your golf shoes and carry them into the yard. :)

(this might also be a good time to stock up on some Peepads.....)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 10:56:29 AM
Or just put on your golf shoes and carry them into the yard. :)
And to clean up the yard, use the 7 iron for loft...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Beerbitch on January 09, 2011, 11:25:05 AM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.

We just move everything into the freezer or a cooler outside.

We. too, are on the oft-power-out section of the grid.  Wrong side of the tracks syndrome.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: rwcohen on January 09, 2011, 11:44:36 AM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.

We just move everything into the freezer or a cooler outside.

We. too, are on the oft-power-out section of the grid.  Wrong side of the tracks syndrome.

You know, all this talk about power outs, the more I like living in a mid-rise apartment complex. I just hope Dish doesn't go out today.....
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 09, 2011, 11:58:43 AM
In the woods the longest I've gone with no power was 6 days, but 12-24 hours is quite common. All wires are above ground for miles to my house, lots and lots of trees (I really, really, really hate Pine Beetles) and me being the only house on a pole for a miles means any strong wind, ice or even someone hitting a pole within a pretty large radius means my power is going out. I don't think I've made it a whole 30 days w/o some loss of power in over 12 years.

The whole house generator that kicks on after less than a minute was the best investment in my sanity I've ever made. The issue, of course, is if it goes out for an extended period of time (supposedly they were out in my 'hood for 2 weeks in 93) there's no way to get someone to refill the propane tank.

Y'all have it easy here in the big city ;)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 12:14:13 PM
My armature status for meteorology aside, it looks like it'll be wet before it snows. Ice below the snow - oh goody.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 08:24:12 PM
It's coming down fast (but it's miles above me)...heh.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on January 09, 2011, 08:27:21 PM
Yep. At least an inch on the ground right now in Grant Park. Trees and power lines looking great, mainly bc it has been real snow for most of the time.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 09, 2011, 10:18:42 PM
Yep. At least an inch on the ground right now in Grant Park. Trees and power lines looking great, mainly bc it has been real snow for most of the time.

We have 4" of snow on the deck and my BGE... it is 11:18pm

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/bgeWITHsnow22.jpg)


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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 04:23:56 AM
Still coming down. Woke up early - stupid cats. Wonder if they'll get the road scraped today or tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: mikeamor on January 10, 2011, 07:16:26 AM
We've got a solid 6" layer of snow in Roswell this morning.
Neighborhood kids were out frolicking in the streets at midnight last night.
Our dog was absolutely beside himself, gleefully romping back and forth and tearing across the yard with no idea how life could get better than this white stuff.
So far, all utilities solid.
We're making a pot of split pea soup today with the ham bone from Christmas.
I've got a poolish I started ready.  Think I'll make some bread to go with it.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Foodgeek on January 10, 2011, 07:36:10 AM
Hubby made it into work, but they closed the plant, so no Science is getting done today.

Snow day! I think I'll make carnitas and we can sit around and watch TV while getting fat.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 10, 2011, 08:35:17 AM
Five to six inches in northeast Cobb. Broomed a path for dogs as it's hip deep for the smallest one. With no way to clear driveway or our neighborhood streets, could be here awhile. And I just started hearing sleet.
Comfort food time...chili and four cheese mac and cheese.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 10, 2011, 09:02:32 AM
About 5 inches here in Alpha. Went outside around midnight to start playing and it's very powdery - not good for snowballs or snow men :( But very easy to knock off your clothes.

Went out already this morning and some of the icy stuff is sticking to make better snow sculptures but will make the roads a lot worse. Haven't tried driving in it yet but since I managed to slide into a ditch every time we get a lot of snow, that's just a matter of time ;)

Big "It's SNOW" block party tonight. It's not like anyone has to drive home!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 09:15:46 AM
The ice is going to be nutz tonight and tomorrow morning. If you get a chance, get your car freed up today, because they ain't gonna get into the neighborhoods today.

Block party tonight for the bowl game - my house has the easiset living room for folks to watch the game. Should be fun!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 10, 2011, 09:27:12 AM
It would be fun except that we live on a block that the power goes out on regularly. No problem with the heat or the water but the fridge being out drives me crazy - especially since the neighbors almost all have power when we do not.
I have no problem with cooking/heating things up.  Always have a natural gas grill with side burner.  Just have to stand in snow/ice or clear off the deck.  Not having heat again would really SUCK.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 09:46:30 AM
Just saw that SuperH on Riverdale is open. Oy.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 10, 2011, 09:52:28 AM
Just found out my desk phone (which is forwarded to my cell) is very similar to the building's inclement weather hotline number.  8-0
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 10, 2011, 10:06:26 AM
Prediction is high of 38 degrees tomorrow. Anyone think that will improve driving conditions? My thought is yes, maybe for a few brief hours in the afternoon, but then there is another hard freeze tomorrow night. Wondering if I should try to make it to work in Roswell tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 10, 2011, 10:12:43 AM
It seems like five to six inches in my part of Roswell. Mr. Northside Food's office was closed due to the weather, so we're bundled up together on the couch. Me with the lap top, him with the Xbox, as god intended. I'm going to bake some muffins later today.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 10:29:49 AM
Downtown is looking iffy on the hilly sections. Only one way to get to our parking deck, and getting back out ain't looking so good. If it doesn't get cleared, it's doubtful for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 11:41:10 AM
What do industrious kids do on a snow day? Ski down the hill in the subdivision to the waiting parent in the suv, to ride them back up the hill! And repeat.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 11:47:17 AM
Just saw that SuperH on Riverdale is open. Oy.

It's on. Three Hermanos Carniceria in Lawrenceville is open, time to go for poblanos to make rellenos... I like snow days!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 10, 2011, 11:56:01 AM
Just saw that SuperH on Riverdale is open. Oy.

It's on. Three Hermanos Carniceria in Lawrenceville is open, time to go for poblanos to make rellenos... I like snow days!

Publix has Poblano peppers, why go to Three Hermanos?  Unless it is close to your house ?

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on January 10, 2011, 11:56:34 AM
Did it snow or something?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 10, 2011, 11:58:02 AM
Downtown is looking iffy on the hilly sections. Only one way to get to our parking deck, and getting back out ain't looking so good. If it doesn't get cleared, it's doubtful for tomorrow. 

CP was notified that the Coke campus is closed downtown.  A work from home day to be sure.  Be careful out there bud ...

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on January 10, 2011, 12:17:07 PM
Our brunch was a real success. I was going to take pictures but was juggling too many skillets to do that. Scrambled eggs, hash browns in duck fat, bacon, sausage, cheese grits, toasted pita with pimento cheese and waffles plus lots of champagne. Man I love this weather.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 01:56:21 PM
Fulton CO. and UGA has officially closed for Tuesday.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 03:18:03 PM
Just saw that SuperH on Riverdale is open. Oy.

It's on. Three Hermanos Carniceria in Lawrenceville is open, time to go for poblanos to make rellenos... I like snow days!

Publix has Poblano peppers, why go to Three Hermanos?  Unless it is close to your house ?

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They are within a half mile of each other in distance from our house! I wound up not going anyway because the Better Half is making a Beef/Veg soup! And, I would like to mention that any time I have purchased Advocados from the 3 H Mkt, they have been almost perfect, unlike at Publix/Kroger where you take your chances, and more than likely will get some that are less than edible. I guess I am spoiled, cause if they aint pretty on the inside, they just won't taste good! Just can't see eating an advocado that is black on the inside anyway, kind of takes away from getting what you pay for me thinks!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on January 10, 2011, 03:19:13 PM
avocados from costco were a total 100% fail last time. 5/5 bad.

red beans and rice tonight....oh yeah
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Lorenzo on January 10, 2011, 03:35:59 PM
Tonight is my wife's turn to cook, and she's been making a boef bourguignon while I've been working from home today.  Smells like it may be done soon.

On the vegetable note, including avocados, we've come to buy just about all our veggies at BHFM, and they're always spot-on.  Costco can be a good deal for quantity purchases of fruits and veggies, but I've found the quality to be hit or miss.  YDFM used to be our go-to for veggies, but BHFM just has a HUGE selection and more convenient layout.  Although neither of those stores is close to us, we are fed up with the quality and selection of produce at the Kroglixes and can't afford Whole Paycheck.  I think the only things we regularly buy at our local Kroger anymore are milk and eggs when we run out mid-week.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 10, 2011, 03:37:16 PM
Hate to say it, but my kids are wussies. They stay in the snow for 25 minutes max before wanting to come back in. I'd play for hours and hours and hours when I was a kid.

Haven't played tackle football since 19 and 87 Thanksgiving Day, but that's what this weather is made for.

Kids today, two words: oy and vey.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 10, 2011, 03:37:57 PM
Five to six inches in northeast Cobb. Broomed a path for dogs as it's hip deep for the smallest one. With no way to clear driveway or our neighborhood streets, could be here awhile. And I just started hearing sleet.
Comfort food time...chili and four cheese mac and cheese.

we probably got about 5-6 inches, with a nice frozen crust on top.  The schnauzers (7 and 10 lbs) quickly discovered that if they walked, they didn't break through... if they ran, they broke through and it was deep enough that their "undercarriage" plowed the snow... something the boys do NOT enjoy.  Needless to say, they walked instead of running and seemed to enjoy themselves
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 10, 2011, 03:46:24 PM
On the vegetable note, including avocados, we've come to buy just about all our veggies at BHFM, and they're always spot-on.  Costco can be a good deal for quantity purchases of fruits and veggies, but I've found the quality to be hit or miss.  YDFM used to be our go-to for veggies, but BHFM just has a HUGE selection and more convenient layout.  Although neither of those stores is close to us, we are fed up with the quality and selection of produce at the Kroglixes and can't afford Whole Paycheck.  I think the only things we regularly buy at our local Kroger anymore are milk and eggs when we run out mid-week.
Probably belongs in another thread.

The avacodos at BHFM are usually ripe or at least close to it.  The avacodos at Doraville Super H are usually hard as oblong green rocks.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Foodgeek on January 10, 2011, 03:53:20 PM
The cat who loves to go outside only stayed out for about 45 seconds, and the cat who only likes to go outside a little bit was satisfied to block the door and look at the snow without getting her paws cold and wet.

If I'd grown up down here, I'd definitely feel the same way. But still, at my age you don't see me trudging out in the snow. I did my time of standing on street corners, waiting for school buses with nearly frostbitten fingers, numb toes and frozen hair (if you take your shower in the morning before school and you have long hair, it's inevitable).

But I do know how to drive in it, at least.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 10, 2011, 04:37:08 PM
Hate to say it, but my kids are wussies. They stay in the snow for 25 minutes max before wanting to come back in. I'd play for hours and hours and hours when I was a kid.

Haven't played tackle football since 19 and 87 Thanksgiving Day, but that's what this weather is made for.

Kids today, two words: oy and vey.

Bring 'em to our hood - the kids were out all morning, came in to partake in the all important hot chocolate with marshmallows, crashed and took a nap and have been back out for at least 2 hours. We have some decent hills and lots of sleds (and the bigger kids are on snowboards, lol). We're all having a blast!

Or do what my parents used to do and lock the door behind them. ;)

Tomorrow is going to be worse, IMHO. People are already getting cabin fever and the roads will be ice instead of snow.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: rwcohen on January 10, 2011, 04:47:36 PM
I could get used to this, Bloody Mary's in the morning, a nap and now bourbon. Didn't have to go out, stayed in sweats all day. Nice....

Oh shit, so this is what retirement is about. Bring on the heat, I gotta go to work!



thankyouverymuch...............
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 10, 2011, 05:20:13 PM
Downtown is pretty much closed down tomorrow - at least I can stay up for all of the game tonight without worrying about getting up at 6.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2011, 07:27:38 AM

Who is still at home, possibly working from home ?

How 'bout you Barnum, have you got out and around yet ?

Count my bride as a work-at-home-in slippers today kind of girl.

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 11, 2011, 08:11:50 AM

Who is still at home, possibly working from home ?

How 'bout you Barnum, have you got out and around yet ?

Count my bride as a work-at-home-in slippers today kind of girl.

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Nope, not out and around, simply not worth the time and effort with a body shop...

Besides, we're officially closed and can certainly work from home as long as the power holds out... though I think our corporate VPN is struggling with licenses as EVERYBODY is trying to work form home.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on January 11, 2011, 08:15:40 AM
According to TV news (?) police are asking folks to PLEASE not venture out. We are staying put for another day.

Other than people with very important jobs, hope everyone does the same.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on January 11, 2011, 08:23:48 AM
no way i'm even trying to leave my house.....it's a skating rink in my cul de sac
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 11, 2011, 08:25:58 AM
The husband was told this morning to call back at 11 to see if the roads were clear enough to go in at noon. I doubt they will be, so I'm expecting another day with him. It's kind of nice having him around for a four day weekend.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 11, 2011, 08:30:37 AM
Technically, our office in Roswell is open. But there isn't anyone there. We're a branch of a larger metro area company and as far as I can tell, darn few if any at all of the other offices are staffed. It may be awhile before I venture out.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 11, 2011, 08:41:15 AM
Someone on the street has a 4wd Subaru. Gonna see if she wants to go out for lunch. ;)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: The_Scientist on January 11, 2011, 08:47:47 AM
They closed my plant again today, so another blissful day of domesticity awaits.  Yesterday I did a conference call from home using the new wireless router and my work laptop.  It was two hours of watching a PowerPoint presentation and listening to audio on my cell propped on my shoulder, but still pretty nice to be able to sit on my couch in shorts and be productive.  So this is telecommuting?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: bettylouski on January 11, 2011, 08:54:13 AM
 So this is telecommuting?

Yes, pretty much.   :D  I normally telecommute on Mon-Tues anyway, but I don't foresee leaving the house tomorrow either.  Between the two fridge/freezers and my pantry, we could probably last for 6 weeks or so.  Not, of course, in the manner to which we've become accustomed, but probably better than jailhouse grub.  As for wine, we could probably open a bottle every day for about 3 years without running out, so no worries there!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 11, 2011, 08:58:00 AM
I've been telecommuting for over 10 years - I am SO much more productive at home in my jammies!

I had a business lunch scheduled today I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to cancel. I have 4WD but that doesn't do squat on ice. I'm headed out to walk down the road and see if the next road over is sanded/salted. If it is I might wing it. I can also walk to Kroger which makes me feel better about starving to death (that and the 6 weeks of food we stocked up with in fear of 3 snow days.....).

Those in Roswell - was headed there to the marketplace/downtown area - any reports?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 11, 2011, 11:56:53 AM
Those in Roswell - was headed there to the marketplace/downtown area - any reports?

Just heard from fire chief there that "the streets are full of people and this is causing problems due to the fact the streets have all been declared as impassible by the Roswell DOT.  People should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary that they get out for food and medical services."
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 11, 2011, 01:36:28 PM
I can't imagine why anyone would WANT to be out. I see comments here and on Facebook saying "I have cabin fever!" Suck it up. It's dangerous out there. Stay home and be safe until they get everything cleared.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 11, 2011, 01:52:51 PM
Actually, Downtown/Memorial/Grant Park is slushy but passable. When it refreezes, it won't be pleasant, but coming back from Grant Park Pizza, I saw runoff in the streets, so it's OK to get out now IF YOU DRIVE SLOW. Buncha idjits driving NASCAR routes in their Jeeps.

Tomorrow is another matter.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 11, 2011, 02:17:42 PM
I am SO much more productive at home in my jammies!

All of the (salaried) folks reporting to me work from home at least a couple days a week and I can say that, in my experience, people are either much more or much less productive when they work from home.  I'm the first to admit that I get distracted much more easily at home and probably do less work unless I'm doing something very focused that doesn't need any interaction from anyone (such as writing code).  Other folks do indeed get more done, sometimes because they end up working more hours and have fewer "walk up" distractions.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2011, 03:06:54 PM

I cleaned the deep snow/ice off of our vehicles and took the Tahoe out to the next street for a trial run... It is not too bad, I may take CP's car and go get some gas, is Walmart open ?

The Tahoe has 4WD the White car does not..

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 11, 2011, 03:11:43 PM
I hiked to next "main" road today and things look relatively clear. Tomorrow if the sun it out and it's slushy, I'm going for it.

Did some more sledding today and shoveled the snow behind my car and off the parts I can reach. I still have about 6 inches on the top of it :(

Except for 93, this is the BEST sledding snow I've seen in over 40 years of living here. Not losing power was a godsend for ATL this go 'round.

All around more good than bad, IMO! :)
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Post by: Minerva on January 11, 2011, 03:22:15 PM
Forecast is deep freeze (in teens) tonight and not above freezing again, day or night, until Friday.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on January 11, 2011, 03:28:51 PM
I walked to Kroger and the place was packed. Lots of depleted items, the bread was almost gone, meat counter was not empty but lots of items missing and the milk had pretty well been cleaned out except for chocolate and buttermilk. What is it about milk and bread when it snows. Plenty of beer and wine so I stocked up. My wife called and drove and picked me up so I didn't have to walk back home.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on January 11, 2011, 03:47:01 PM
I walked to Kroger and the place was packed. Lots of depleted items, the bread was almost gone, meat counter was not empty but lots of items missing and the milk had pretty well been cleaned out except for chocolate and buttermilk. What is it about milk and bread when it snows. Plenty of beer and wine so I stocked up. My wife called and drove and picked me up so I didn't have to walk back home.

My husband likes to joke about people making milk sandwiches!!  :)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 11, 2011, 04:17:15 PM
The rest of you damn yankees must have had milk toast growing up.

So, AndyBoy and GadgetGeek, is this what retirement is like?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 11, 2011, 04:18:10 PM
My friend calls it a French toast emergency.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2011, 04:54:18 PM


  Ha!  I got out with both cars today.

 I cleaned the Tahoe off first and took it for a spin in 4WD, it was just fine.  No don't get me wrong 4WD will not do the right thing on ice either, but I lived in Ohio for half of my life, and drove to school across North Reservoir when it was frozen solid (back in the cold spell in the late 50's-early 60's).  Back then we would have 4 feet of ice on the lakes.  We could dig down at the end of our dock and not hit water, just sand at the bottom.


 But I digress, The Tahoe went fine, then I started to clean CP's old car off, she came out and said she would let it run but it was way low on gas..  So I finished un-snowing it and took it to Wal-Mart to fill up.  I drove up and down 124 to see if the snow would blow off of the top, it did not.   There were a-plenty of cars out roaming around and the parking lot at Wal-Mart was a busy place.. That said, there are places that are really slick, and bumpy, but with caution and good tires it was not too much of a challenge.  The biggest challenge was turning CP's old white car around in our long driveway/parking area, it was still slick and I did not touch a snow shovel, so it was a go-slow and not spin the tires kind of turn around.

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2011, 04:57:45 PM
The rest of you damn yankees must have had milk toast growing up.

So, AndyBoy and GadgetGeek, is this what retirement is like? 

Sortof..  but less ice on the ground and more in the glass.........  ;)

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: mikeamor on January 12, 2011, 07:13:44 AM
The cat who loves to go outside only stayed out for about 45 seconds, and the cat who only likes to go outside a little bit was satisfied to block the door and look at the snow without getting her paws cold and wet.

Our kitty that hates to go outside, was intrigued by the snow and was cautiously enjoying an exploratory walk on the back deck...  until dog gleefully jumped on her and mashed her through the crust into the layer underneath.  Never saw her run quite so fast or look so pissed.  :D
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 12, 2011, 07:42:43 AM
Our dog can't find an acceptable place to do her business so she's just been going on the icy road.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 12, 2011, 08:04:34 AM
Anybody been out yet?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 12, 2011, 08:10:58 AM
Anybody been out yet? 

I looked out, does that count ?

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 12, 2011, 08:13:10 AM
The office asked my husband to come in if he was able, so he left a few minutes ago. He said he'd call to check with me when he arrived. I'm not expecting that to be soon though. It usually takes him fifteen minutes to get to work. I'm expecting at least twice that today.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: secret chef on January 12, 2011, 08:19:04 AM
Anybody been out yet?

I went out in the car last night just before dark -- only for ~ 2 miles on Old Milton Pkwy/Rucker Rd in Alpharetta.

I had been out on foot earlier to get some fresh air & scout the road conditions.

Driving was okay when you "stayed in the tracks", kinda dicey when you had to deal with a turn lane.

There were other vehicles out & about, but the a-hole level was minimal during my short trip.   :D

Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on January 12, 2011, 08:38:01 AM
I took our dog for a walk. He didn't especially like the frozen stuff and was slipping around some. Was really shy about it until he thought he saw a squirrel and bolted into the trees. Roads in front of our house look slick but a few cars are creeping along.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on January 12, 2011, 08:39:52 AM
I'm not worried about my ability, it's the idiot factor of others.
this morning in the news they showed a car that had an accident smashing into a truck..thje front end was destroyed, guy had to be cut out....WTF was he thinking? Had to be going at least 40 or 50 mph.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 12, 2011, 08:43:12 AM
Husband says that Old Alabama was too risky for him, so he went around.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 12, 2011, 09:15:24 AM
It got really slushy yesterday afternoon and that was w/o the sun. I'm planning on heading out sometime late afternoon - after it's had time to melt on the roads and before it freezes again.

I suspect that this AM will be the last of the sledding.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 12, 2011, 09:30:44 AM
I'm not worried about my ability, it's the idiot factor of others.
this morning in the news they showed a car that had an accident smashing into a truck..thje front end was destroyed, guy had to be cut out....WTF was he thinking? Had to be going at least 40 or 50 mph.

I was most impressed with the guy Monday that caught his Beemer on fire by excessively spinning the wheels.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on January 12, 2011, 09:34:59 AM
I'm not worried about my ability, it's the idiot factor of others.
this morning in the news they showed a car that had an accident smashing into a truck..thje front end was destroyed, guy had to be cut out....WTF was he thinking? Had to be going at least 40 or 50 mph.

I was most impressed with the guy Monday that caught his Beemer on fire by excessively spinning the wheels.

Hah! i didn't realize that was possible.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 12, 2011, 09:38:11 AM
I'm not worried about my ability, it's the idiot factor of others.
this morning in the news they showed a car that had an accident smashing into a truck..thje front end was destroyed, guy had to be cut out....WTF was he thinking? Had to be going at least 40 or 50 mph.

I was most impressed with the guy Monday that caught his Beemer on fire by excessively spinning the wheels.

Hah! i didn't realize that was possible.

I saw that flash by yesterday also.  I just wasn't sure what started the fire.  Could have been a broken fuel line or something else associated with an idiot driving his car at 100 mph while stationary for long periods of time. 
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on January 12, 2011, 10:16:57 AM
One of our Roswell employees who lives east of 400 got stuck on Holcomb Bridge trying to make it to the office. Nowe she's stuck on a hill in her neighborhood trying to get back home. Another employee in an F-150 who lives in Holly Springs got as far as Roswell and turned around because she said the roads in Roz are awful.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 12, 2011, 10:20:35 AM
One of our Roswell employees who lives east of 400 got stuck on Holcomb Bridge trying to make it to the office. Nowe she's stuck on a hill in her neighborhood trying to get back home. Another employee in an F-150 who lives in Holly Springs got as far as Roswell and turned around because she said the roads in Roz are awful.

Yep between Facebook and the HOA posting board, I am getting plenty of first person updates. One thing is clear, if you don't have to...

Ah, have always loved the advantages of working from my dungeon, but so much more so the last few days. I did have a rough commute though. One of my kids, off from school today of course, nearly crashed into me just after I got a coffee refill.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Lorenzo on January 12, 2011, 10:31:03 AM
Cabin fever got the best of me, and I tried to make it to a MARTA station, where my wife could drop me off and return home, but even that didn't work.  Although the SUV did admirably, cars and semis were sliding and getting stuck all over the place, requiring others to go around them, which led to the others sliding and blocking other lanes.  We turned around and went home.  Another day working remotely.  Got a conference call in a half hour that should be loads of fun with all the distractions here at home.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Foodgeek on January 12, 2011, 10:36:32 AM
Hubby is back at work, slaving away in the polymer chemical mines. He had to go early because his boss was calling him from England at 8. Luckily it's not a long drive.

I, however, am not going anywhere any time soon.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 12, 2011, 10:57:49 AM
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From Roswell police Lt. James McGee: "The Roswell police Department are asking everyone to stay off of the Roads in the City of Roswell. With the thawing and re-freezing of the ice; the roads have become more dangerous. We are asking all persons to please stay off of the roads in the City of Roswell unless it is an emergency."
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 12, 2011, 01:29:47 PM
I just tried to venture out.  Backed out of the driveway onto our uphill street... and promptly started sliding backward.  What the heck, put it in reverse and backed down to the cul-de-sac at the bottom of the hill and was able to get enough of a running start on dry pavement to get back up to my driveway and back into the garage.  Admittedly, I do not have 4WD and the BMW's power to weight ratio makes it lousy on ice because it's nearly impossible to NOT spin the tires, but I'm not sure I'd have done much better with my old jeep on the ice.  The good news is there continues to be water running under the ice as it melts off, just not sure if the intermittent sun will be enough to take care of it today. 

Also getting good info on the HOA website and sounds like Smyrna police have shut down S. Cobb Drive north of E-W Connector.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on January 12, 2011, 02:33:30 PM
I slid all over the place including plopping myself firmly in someone's front yard trying to avoid the cars stopped at the bottom of the hill. Thank goodness for an SUVs high ground clearance. I won't be doing it again until a decent thaw, but if I hadn't done it, I would be sitting here wondering if I could ;) Plus I bought steaks for dinner so the trip wasn't a total waste.

I only got what I could carry back if the car got stuck (and some cat litter I'll keep in there for icy days). Lots of folks shopping for a month or so, it seemed  ;D
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 12, 2011, 02:43:36 PM
I slid all over the place including plopping myself firmly in someone's front yard trying to avoid the cars stopped at the bottom of the hill. Thank goodness for an SUVs high ground clearance. I won't be doing it again until a decent thaw, but if I hadn't done it, I would be sitting here wondering if I could ;) Plus I bought steaks for dinner so the trip wasn't a total waste.

I only got what I could carry back if the car got stuck (and some cat litter I'll keep in there for icy days). Lots of folks shopping for a month or so, it seemed  ;D

I envy you your meat... I was just looking through the freezer for something to start a batch of smoked chili con carne... have the dried peppers and plenty of beer, just hate using ground meat...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 12, 2011, 04:09:57 PM


CP and I in my Tahoe did get out and to Publix, as well as picking up our niece Cassie for a sleep over.  Parts of the roads are worse than yesterday with thick ice and very crunchy hard snow. 

The store near us did get a delivery today so they had all hands on deck stocking shelves.  There was NO chicken, nor bread, but there was boxes of veggies being put out.  I found enough stuff for dinner tonight and am satisfied with an $11.00 bottle of wine for a sip later. 

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: rwcohen on January 12, 2011, 04:14:34 PM
Cabin fever got the best of me. That and a printer that firmly broke down. Since I lice near Sams on Clairmont I decided I needed to give it a shot. No problem, the street to my complex was pretty well cleared. Clairmont had at least one good lane in each direction. Sams parking lot was was very clean. I got a new printer and then decided to see if I could get to Buford Hwy. Again, staying in the ruts was very successful.

What do you know, Senor Taco was open. Got seafood soup and fish tacos for dinner along with a good sized fried for free.

I got back home and checked on Amazon and the printer was 20 bucks cheaper with no tax and free 2 day delivery. I'll go back to Sams over the weekend to return it.


thankyouverymuch.................
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: cuechick on January 12, 2011, 04:57:29 PM
I am staying put till the weekend. I do not do ice. I think the only thing I might run out of is half & half. If I am careful I may be able to make it last till Saturday... when it is suppose to warm up.

I just thank god we hit made it to Trader Joe's before the storm hit. :D

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Post by: MadBob on January 12, 2011, 05:09:32 PM
2 1/2 hour to ATL Airport, 53 min to get back, I got a new toy o-we-o, and a 19.6 lb Kruse Ham from SoCal... yum-o to coin another phrase!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on January 12, 2011, 05:10:01 PM
My husband just spent an hour trying to get up the hill and into our driveway, which was completely iced over. He's taking a vacation day tomorrow.
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 12, 2011, 05:17:31 PM
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on January 12, 2011, 06:00:39 PM
we're closed down for a 4th day tomorrow!  ("closed" means "work from home" for those with the privilege of being 24/7 IT support... but still nice to not have to deal with other folks driving around tomorrow)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: bettylouski on January 12, 2011, 08:07:00 PM
We open tomorrow at 9am for the first time this week - unscheduled teleworking allowed - that would be me.  It's waaaay too icy out there.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on January 12, 2011, 08:51:01 PM
FYI from AJC

8 p.m.:DeKalb County is closing until further notice at least 15 major intersections or ramps because of ice and snow. Some of them are North Decatur Road and Church Street, North Peachtree Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Woodcliff Road and Briarcliff Road, and North Peachtree Road and North Shallowford Road

Be careful out there...
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Post by: AndyBoy on January 13, 2011, 08:42:40 AM
My wife headed out this morning for her work in Tucker. Sure hope she doesn't have any problems. I am going to walk over to Costco laster today and pick up a few items. This weather is making me really hungry so I may get a leg of lamb to grill or at least a rack.
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Post by: Minerva on January 13, 2011, 08:51:27 AM
Our neighbor across the street ventured out in is SUV yesterday and when he came home, he couldn't get it up his sloped driveway. Now it's parked in our driveway until there's a bit of thaw. So we aren't getting out any time in the next few hours, at least.
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Post by: KoPP on January 13, 2011, 08:57:31 AM
There are still a number of icy patches, esp. on the Interstates. Intown looks OK for the most part - still some roads that are iced over. The sidewalks are another matter.
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Post by: Jmolinari on January 13, 2011, 09:19:30 AM
highways were dry except the left lanes. surface streets require staying in the tracks. No big deals though
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Post by: Lorenzo on January 13, 2011, 09:50:32 AM
I took MARTA to work today.  Streets still look slow.  MARTA may not be faster, but it avoids the aggravation caused by the idiots who are still having trouble navigating the icy patches.
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Post by: Northside Food on January 13, 2011, 10:48:42 AM
Our neighbor across the street ventured out in is SUV yesterday and when he came home, he couldn't get it up his sloped driveway. Now it's parked in our driveway until there's a bit of thaw. So we aren't getting out any time in the next few hours, at least.

It's the same at our house. In fact, I suggested parking the car in the neighbor's driveway last night as his doesn't slope like ours does, but we managed to get it into the garage after all.  I'm pretty sure he can make it to work tomorrow. Getting there yesterday wasn't a problem, it was getting home. So I think with it finally warming up tomorrow the driveway will melt and getting home won't be a problem.
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Post by: The_Scientist on January 13, 2011, 11:55:24 AM
No problem getting to work today, but the plant is still mostly deserted.  I think most people who work at my location live north of Marietta, and roads that way are worse than here.  The big break should be tomorrow when it hits 40+.
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 13, 2011, 02:09:22 PM
Made it to Kroger with barely a hitch. . . well, scratch that. I broke my scraper, cracking and scraping all of the ice and snow off of my car. But the roads weren't that bad. Wherever the sun is shining, the snow is melting, but in the shade, it stays icy. because it's still not above freezing yet. My Honda held up pretty well on the slippery bits.

Kroger looked like a mob had ravaged it, and it was barely able to retain any of its inventory or its dignity. All the salad greens were gone, which is odd, and they only had bread because they must have started out with quite a lot, and baked some more to re-stock. Still, lots of bread shelves were empty. Meat shelves looked mostly bare and the fish counter was closed.

The egg shelves were reduced to 2 lonely looking dozen containers with every single egg in them broken. Guess I can't make ice cream today, and it's a shame that I refuse to buy store ice cream, because it might be nice to have some sort of dessert this evening.

Now to improvise dinner on what I managed to scrape together. . .
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Post by: HaagenDazs on January 13, 2011, 02:36:43 PM
I broke my saucer sled yesterday afternoon.  :'( The combination of cold temps and rock hard, bumpy ice on the neighbor's driveway wasn't favorable for plastic.  Oh well, it was impossible to steer anyway. 
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Post by: Girly on January 13, 2011, 02:47:29 PM
We lost "the good sled" yesterday :( That thing would go for a block after the hill ran out. And was easy to pull even with a kid in it. It was long and orange, but another long orange one wasn't even close to being as good. The hunt to find a replacement for when the snow of 2021 arrives is on.

Didn't try to go anywhere today but tomorrow I'm outta here. I'm craving Italian food and doughnuts.
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Post by: Barnum on January 13, 2011, 02:59:14 PM
we got mail and trash collection (usually Monday for us) today in Smyrna!

now if only I had the last 2 pieces of my new dual monitor KVM configuration that have been "out for delivery" (one UPS and one FedEX) for the last couple days, I'd be really happy.
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Post by: HaagenDazs on January 13, 2011, 03:03:11 PM
Funny, I was just looking on Amazon.com for a replacement.  It seems that lots of people are reporting breaking plastic reading the reviews.  I wonder why exactly, because my Dad has one that is decades old that is far more durable (though the handles broke off years ago).  The plastic is thick and it has enough elasticity to weather (pun intended) the bumps and jagged icy spots even when it's super cold.  Could be the BPA-free plastic, could be that everything is made more cheaply now... could be both.  The one I broke was a Flexible Flyer made here in the USA.  I think it's BPA that makes plastic more flexible and supple (?).

This one looks cool, but is a bit pricey: http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Flyer-S2000-PT-Blaster/dp/B00005ME5Q/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1294952404&sr=8-11
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Post by: Barnum on January 13, 2011, 03:08:02 PM
Made it to Kroger with barely a hitch. . . well, scratch that. I broke my scraper, cracking and scraping all of the ice and snow off of my car. But the roads weren't that bad. Wherever the sun is shining, the snow is melting, but in the shade, it stays icy. because it's still not above freezing yet. My Honda held up pretty well on the slippery bits.

Kroger looked like a mob had ravaged it, and it was barely able to retain any of its inventory or its dignity. All the salad greens were gone, which is odd, and they only had bread because they must have started out with quite a lot, and baked some more to re-stock. Still, lots of bread shelves were empty. Meat shelves looked mostly bare and the fish counter was closed.

The egg shelves were reduced to 2 lonely looking dozen containers with every single egg in them broken. Guess I can't make ice cream today, and it's a shame that I refuse to buy store ice cream, because it might be nice to have some sort of dessert this evening.

Now to improvise dinner on what I managed to scrape together. . .

I hit Publix an hour or so ago and got everything except eggs (not a single one).  Produce fully stocked, meat at about 20%, milk at about 20% (plenty of the expensive stuff we buy), bread picked clean (bakery and isle) but got a loaf of sour dough as it was being bagged. 
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Post by: Girly on January 13, 2011, 03:19:36 PM
This one looks cool, but is a bit pricey: http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Flyer-S2000-PT-Blaster/dp/B00005ME5Q/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1294952404&sr=8-11

That's fancy! This is closer to what we're using:

http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Flyer-Lightning-Winter-Snow/dp/B001Q8SCAU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1294953439&sr=8-4

The "good" one was longer than the others and had a square nose.

It was used nonstop for 3 days so I give it credit for lasting as long as it did ;)

It's funny - with everyone having the fliptop/rolling trashcans now, no one has a trashcan lid to slide on!
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Post by: bettylouski on January 13, 2011, 03:32:04 PM
Had mail delivery yesterday and today, garbage pick up was supposed to resume today (Dekalb) but they haven't shown up yet.  No newspapers all week!
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 13, 2011, 03:44:20 PM
We lost "the good sled" yesterday :( That thing would go for a block after the hill ran out. And was easy to pull even with a kid in it. It was long and orange, but another long orange one wasn't even close to being as good. The hunt to find a replacement for when the snow of 2021 arrives is on.

Didn't try to go anywhere today but tomorrow I'm outta here. I'm craving Italian food and doughnuts.


What do you mean "lost" ?

ref, craving... I am too, a big bowl of noodles with some kind of good sauce would be a good thing.  I might build a LO chix casserole out of some new and some old things ? 

,
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Post by: totm on January 13, 2011, 04:03:07 PM
Had mail delivery yesterday and today, garbage pick up was supposed to resume today (Dekalb) but they haven't shown up yet.  No newspapers all week!
Had neighbors put their trash out Tuesday.  Like that was going to get picked up.  Four days of AJC in one plastic bag.  Now that ought to tell you something about the heft of the weekday papers.  Mail was delivered to V's small office complex but haven't had any at the house.

All I can say is after the brief outing we had these people scare the crap out of me on the roads.  Admittedly I drive too fast most of the time.  I had a line behind me and people were passing me when they definitely should not have been.

And one of our neighbors has been getting out since day one with all wheel drive.  They managed to pack the ice down so much (with no sun) that their driveway is about an inch thick of solid ice.  They just slid off the driveway into a bush and on one of the concrete steps.  It may be there for several days.
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Post by: KoPP on January 13, 2011, 07:32:19 PM
We lost "the good sled" yesterday :( That thing would go for a block after the hill ran out. And was easy to pull even with a kid in it. It was long and orange, but another long orange one wasn't even close to being as good. The hunt to find a replacement for when the snow of 2021 arrives is on.

Didn't try to go anywhere today but tomorrow I'm outta here. I'm craving Italian food and doughnuts.

Speaking of donuts...

They freeze yer butt, but they're almost bulletproof.

http://compare.ebay.com/like/250743826495?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&rvr_id=197922079922&crlp=1_263602_309572&UA=%3F*I8&GUID=8221de5a12d0a0366d87a1f7ff1c7693&itemid=250743826495&ff4=263602_309572
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Post by: bettylouski on January 13, 2011, 07:43:52 PM
I am going to walk over to Costco laster today and pick up a few items.

How is the stock at Costco?  Thinking of finally getting out tomorrow and heading over there.
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Post by: Barnum on January 14, 2011, 05:03:20 AM
Made it from Smyrna to Decatur.  Worst parts were Smyrna and Decatur.  285 and 20 were 90% clear (with the other 10% being surprise ice patches).  Overall, it was easier than I guessed it would be, but I also was early enough that there wasn't much traffic and I could treat lane markings as "lane advise".
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 14, 2011, 06:14:43 AM
The plastic is thick and it has enough elasticity to weather (pun intended) the bumps and jagged icy spots even when it's super cold.  Could be the BPA-free plastic, could be that everything is made more cheaply now... could be both.  The one I broke was a Flexible Flyer made here in the USA.  I think it's BPA that makes plastic more flexible and supple (?).

If you have any questions at all about how plastic is made, and how it responds to temperature differences, I know someone who can answer such things until you're sorry you'd asked. Well, and you might learn a few things, seriously.

Just offering.
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Post by: KoPP on January 14, 2011, 06:26:47 AM
The problem as I see it is that we have traffic congestion on a good day when folks can drive 80 on the interstate. Now, take those 4 lanes and collapse them to 1. That still has some ice patches. Now add the idiots that still want to drive 80. And lane hop. Into ice.

Oy vey.
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Post by: Lorenzo on January 14, 2011, 07:33:15 AM
I took MARTA in an attempt to avoid problems on the commute yesterday, but the sidewalks were icier than the roads in many places, and I fell flat on my ass last night and twisted an ankle pretty well.
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Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2011, 08:22:01 AM
I like when when morons are driving along on a straight road doing 25-35, see a patch of ice, and instead of coasting through, SLAM on the brakes...
i hate people.
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Post by: Girly on January 14, 2011, 08:40:06 AM

What do you mean "lost" ?



She cracked :(

Growing up we had a metal saucer sled - I can't remember what kind of speed we got. Just sledding in ATL was fun in and of itself ;)

It's funny to see the neighbors who do NOT like kids making sure their hills are as un-kidfriendly as possible.

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Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2011, 08:41:30 AM

What do you mean "lost" ?
,

She cracked :(

Growing up we had a metal saucer sled - I can't remember what kind of speed we got. Just sledding in ATL was fun in and of itself ;)

It's funny to see the neighbors who do NOT like kids making sure their hills are as un-kidfriendly as possible.
Did they spread broken glass on the snow?
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 14, 2011, 08:56:56 AM
i hate people.

I am quite misanthropic myself:

Quote
In Plato's Phaedo, Socrates defines the misanthrope in relation to his fellow man: "Misanthropy develops when without art one puts complete trust in somebody thinking the man absolutely true and sound and reliable and then a little later discovers him to be bad and unreliable...and when it happens to someone often...he ends up...hating everyone."[2] Misanthropy, then, is presented as the result of thwarted expectations or even excess optimism, since Plato argues that "art" would have allowed the potential misanthrope to recognize that the majority of men are to be found in between good and evil
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from Wikipedia, of course. My faith in my fellow man, and subsequent faith in the commonality of "common sense," leads me to hate people in general, although I like certain, specific people, in spite of what faults they may have, because I know them. A great fault of my personal character, certainly, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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Post by: Girly on January 14, 2011, 09:05:06 AM

What do you mean "lost" ?
,

She cracked :(

Growing up we had a metal saucer sled - I can't remember what kind of speed we got. Just sledding in ATL was fun in and of itself ;)

It's funny to see the neighbors who do NOT like kids making sure their hills are as un-kidfriendly as possible.
Did they spread broken glass on the snow?


If they could have, they would have! I remember as kids off Clairmont being so excited that the house across the street with the BEST HILL finally had kids living it after years of being told to stay off  :)

I guess I'm the opposite of misanthropic. I tend to just like everyone.
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Post by: Lorenzo on January 14, 2011, 09:58:40 AM
I guess I'm the opposite of misanthropic. I tend to just like everyone.

Philanthropic?
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 10:26:18 AM
I guess I'm the opposite of misanthropic. I tend to just like everyone.

Philanthropic?

In in between. I love everyone. It's interaction I don't like. I think I'm a curmudgeon.
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Post by: The_Scientist on January 14, 2011, 11:40:36 AM
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 12:07:59 PM
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Post by: Lorenzo on January 14, 2011, 01:48:40 PM
Anytime there is snow in the forecast, I hear people mocking those who run to the store and stock up just in case.

Strangely, I have not heard much of that at all the last few days.

I'm usually one of the mockers, having spent my youth in snowy climes.  This time, it felt different, with all the forecasts calling for enough snow and ice that Atl would surely have a problem.  So last weekend my wife and I bought extra bread, milk, eggs, wine and vegetables.  Glad I took it seriously this time, as we needed that stuff.
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Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2011, 01:52:55 PM
i still mocked, didn't buy anything extra, and still have plenty of food to this day...
maybe i just buy too much in general :)
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 02:05:53 PM
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 14, 2011, 02:48:06 PM
I guess I'm the opposite of misanthropic. I tend to just like everyone.
Philanthropic?
In in between. I love everyone. It's interaction I don't like. I think I'm a curmudgeon.

I think you guys aren't reading the definition I posted. Misanthropy develops as a result of wanting to trust and like/love everyone, and then being disillusioned.

And then there's just plain delusion. "I tend to just like everyone," coming from the same person who wrote "You. Don't. Know." "You. Just. Don't. Know." about someone who very much does know what it's like to raise a child, even though she's incapable of bearing a child. That was awfully mean and spiteful, but I'm actually very forgiving, by nature, so while I remember it, I tend to want to think that she didn't want to hurt me as badly as she did. And that another commenter didn't mean to pile on the hurt as much as he did.

But, OK, I'll agree that Cal is a cumudgeon.
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 03:04:52 PM


And then there's just plain delusion. "I tend to just like everyone," coming from the same person who wrote "You. Don't. Know." "You. Just. Don't. Know." about someone who very much does know what it's like to raise a child, even though she's incapable of bearing a child.


I recall that thread. It was in response to somebody who was judging parents of kids with ADHD and the, "You. Don't. Know." was in the context of "what it's like to raise a child with ADHD" by trivializing its imagined simplicity. 

Not sure why that was even brought up, but I think an accurate context should be presented.

The supporting person, alleged to have been the same person, did add a humble self-reflection that he was a much bigger expert on parenting BEFORE he became one.
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Post by: Jmolinari on January 14, 2011, 03:10:22 PM
please dudes...no more.
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 03:12:58 PM
please dudes...no more.


Amen, don't know why that was brought up way out of left field.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 14, 2011, 05:29:24 PM
please dudes...no more.


Amen, don't know why that was brought up way out of left field. 

Nor do I..  let that old crap go (don't read that word grand kids)..

.
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Post by: Girly on January 14, 2011, 05:30:34 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground! I went the back way to Dutch Monkey (when I have my heart attack, please point my survivors there for the cause) to TJs and back again. There was a very large amount still in the grassy areas and even a lot still on the roads. 141 was clean - they've plowed and sanded and were still plowing today. But it was very wet so I suspect it will freeze back up tonight.

I think I used my entire reservoir of windshield washing fluid keeping the front and back window cleaned.  :-\
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Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 14, 2011, 06:03:18 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground! I went the back way to Dutch Monkey (when I have my heart attack, please point my survivors there for the cause)

I saw she was teasing with 2-for-1. That's not playing fair.

Not sure which is more risky. Driving there on the ice, or what's in the display case.
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 16, 2011, 12:00:21 PM
The supporting person, alleged to have been the same person, did add a humble self-reflection that he was a much bigger expert on parenting BEFORE he became one.

Well, I guess that's just where we'll have to agree to disagree. Before I became a parent, I never, ever assumed that I knew more about parenting than people who are actually parents. Now that I do know what it's like to be a parent, I'm still not very judgmental, unless a specific instance calls for it, and especially since I know what it's like to raise a mentally challenged child, I understand that it's not something to be trivialized.

But isn't it great that most of the snow is melting? I want to go out and do something fun to celebrate!
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Post by: totm on January 16, 2011, 03:03:07 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground!
I don't find it surprising in our subdivision but when it is still on a road that is frequently used to avoid I-285 between Ashford-Dunwoody and Chamblee-Dunwoody tells me DeKalb county sucks taking care of their residents.  Supposedly trash pickup was to resume Thursday and Friday with those homes that couldn't be done those 2 days being done Saturday.  Maybe ours will be picked up next Friday.
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Post by: KoPP on January 16, 2011, 03:18:40 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground!
I don't find it surprising in our subdivision but when it is still on a road that is frequently used to avoid I-285 between Ashford-Dunwoody and Chamblee-Dunwoody tells me DeKalb county sucks taking care of their residents.  Supposedly trash pickup was to resume Thursday and Friday with those homes that couldn't be done those 2 days being done Saturday.  Maybe ours will be picked up next Friday.
Neighborhood trash was picked up today.

STILL idiots out there. People walking on still icy roads at night with their kids in tow. That one floored me - a truck almost got stuck trying to get around them. Oy.
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Post by: HaagenDazs on January 16, 2011, 03:18:51 PM
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Post by: Girly on January 16, 2011, 04:16:20 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground!
I don't find it surprising in our subdivision but when it is still on a road that is frequently used to avoid I-285 between Ashford-Dunwoody and Chamblee-Dunwoody tells me DeKalb county sucks taking care of their residents.  Supposedly trash pickup was to resume Thursday and Friday with those homes that couldn't be done those 2 days being done Saturday.  Maybe ours will be picked up next Friday.

My surprise was more based on the history of snow staying on the ground in ATL - this is the longest I've seen in almost 40 years :)

We got mail starting on Thurs and I finally got a FedEx delivery yesterday (was showing due on Thurs)
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Post by: totm on January 16, 2011, 04:28:42 PM
I'm amazed there's still so much snow/ice on the ground!
I don't find it surprising in our subdivision but when it is still on a road that is frequently used to avoid I-285 between Ashford-Dunwoody and Chamblee-Dunwoody tells me DeKalb county sucks taking care of their residents.  Supposedly trash pickup was to resume Thursday and Friday with those homes that couldn't be done those 2 days being done Saturday.  Maybe ours will be picked up next Friday.
Neighborhood trash was picked up today.

STILL idiots out there. People walking on still icy roads at night with their kids in tow. That one floored me - a truck almost got stuck trying to get around them. Oy.
No doubt about idiots.  Saw a smallish SUV with snow/ice covering about 3/4 of the front windshield that had kids in car seats in the back seat.

We got mail delivery yesterday that was lighter for six days than we've had for a 3 day trip.  I firmly believe the USPS has become the most inefficient operation in existence.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 16, 2011, 05:12:56 PM


We didn't get mail all week..  though there were mail trucks running up and down Lee road Thursday, Friday & Saturday..

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Post by: bettylouski on January 16, 2011, 08:23:58 PM
Got Mon-Sat editions of AJC and WSJ yesterday in 2 bags.  I really don't want to read all of that anymore.

Garbage was supposed to be picked up Thursday, then Friday, then Saturday.  Didn't happen.  Neighbors have stuff sitting out from last weekend, and my garage is overflowing with recycling.  Like totm says, Dekalb Co. is not doing their job!
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Post by: HaagenDazs on January 17, 2011, 09:00:54 AM
Our mail came starting last Thursday but the roads were not really fit for it.  Even on Friday, myself and a neighbor literally had to help push a mail truck off our other neighbor's mailbox.  The truck had slid into the gutter, nicked the mailbox a bit, scratched the truck and got himself stuck.

I think the counties and cities are doing all they can.  You can't plow ice with regular snow plow trucks, get over it.  It has been a long, long time since a storm like this came through and iced the roads for days and days at a time.  I would rather see trash delivery halted for a week (like ours was in Roswell) than have a $150,000+ garbage truck slide down our street taking out everything in its path.
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Post by: totm on January 17, 2011, 12:20:49 PM
Our mail came starting last Thursday but the roads were not really fit for it.  Even on Friday, myself and a neighbor literally had to help push a mail truck off our other neighbor's mailbox.  The truck had slid into the gutter, nicked the mailbox a bit, scratched the truck and got himself stuck.

I think the counties and cities are doing all they can.  You can't plow ice with regular snow plow trucks, get over it.  It has been a long, long time since a storm like this came through and iced the roads for days and days at a time.  I would rather see trash delivery halted for a week (like ours was in Roswell) than have a $150,000+ garbage truck slide down our street taking out everything in its path.
I will partially retract my comment on USPS because I just saw a mail truck (are they trucks?) in our 'hood.

But I'm not giving DeKalb county any slack.  The city of Chamblee cleared their part of the road in question Thursday.
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Post by: HaagenDazs on January 17, 2011, 01:04:31 PM
I will partially retract my comment on USPS because I just saw a mail truck (are they trucks?) in our 'hood.

But I'm not giving DeKalb county any slack.  The city of Chamblee cleared their part of the road in question Thursday.

Remember lots of local municipalities were using hired private contractors to clear roads.  I can't say whether Chamblee did that or not but it seems a likely scenario.  Of course DeKalb can't really do that, it's just too big.  

I'm of the opinion that we were hit off guard by this storm, yes, but given the very, very rare occurrence of a storm of this scale it's unnecessary that we need to keep heavy and expensive equipment on hand to clear the roads for garbage and mail once every 25+ years.  And again, you can't plow ice on the roads.  For driving on ice you need chains.  

Let's also not forget that we dodged a bullet as it is.  Can you imagine the mayhem that a significant ice storm would have caused on top of all this, as was forecast?  Forget some ice on the roads, at least we had power & cable, and the large tree limbs that hang over many of our roofs remained intact.  In the event that significant icing did happen, I think mail, trash and a few closed roads would be the least of our concerns.  People would be bitching about Georgia Power's response, and the cold water dripping on our mattresses and computers from broken limbs poking through our ceilings.  
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Post by: Melomom on January 17, 2011, 01:28:53 PM
Article in today's AJC about the frequency of snowstorms in Atlanta:

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2011/jan/17/john-eaves/was-snowstorm-rare/
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Post by: Girly on January 17, 2011, 05:20:46 PM
Still a lot of snow in the mountains - like "this is a well traveled road and I'm still sliding all around" snow still there. They are starting the schools late tomorrow. So far, 9 days missed so far. They're going to be going to school in July.

We first moved to ATL in 66. This is the longest I've ever seen it stay on the ground. Even in the mountains in 93 it wasn't there this long.

And yes, we are outrageously lucky there wasn't as much ice as predicted. Power for most people stayed on. Like HD said, waiting a few days for mail and garbage pickup is pretty minor compared to what it could have been. And you know if this had been in 2006 when everyone had money, the governments would have bought millions of dollars worth of barely used equipment in the next few months ;)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: bettylouski on January 17, 2011, 08:43:08 PM
I can deal with garbage, etc. not being picked up for a week, but please, quit teasing us with reports that it will be this day, or that, everyone hauls it to the street only to bring it back later on.

Still lots of snow/ice on the shady street in front of nearby elementary school.  The parking lot is a mess and today they had the parents out shoveling it clear for tomorrow.  Pathetic.  Apparently, Dekalb Co BOE can't be bothered.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 19, 2011, 12:13:36 PM
I am udderly (sic) amazed at how much garbage is pile up by people's driveways.  No HaagenDazs, this is NOT a complaint against DeKalb sanitation.  I personally can wait weeks for garbage pickup.  I just find it crazy that households that have one couple living in the abode, as ours does, has 4-8 bags of trash plus trashcans of garbage.  I put out our half full one standard size trash can last Friday.  Our can still isn't full.  One of the big reasons I think sanitation fees should be use based.  All garbage should be in paid for bags and you pay for the bags themselves.  The more you produce the more you pay, the less you produce the less you pay.  Recycling would be more encouraged (even though some of the above are recyclers).
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: mikeamor on January 21, 2011, 10:02:47 AM
I am udderly (sic) amazed at how much garbage is pile up by people's driveways.  No HaagenDazs, this is NOT a complaint against DeKalb sanitation.  I personally can wait weeks for garbage pickup.  I just find it crazy that households that have one couple living in the abode, as ours does, has 4-8 bags of trash plus trashcans of garbage.  I put out our half full one standard size trash can last Friday.  Our can still isn't full.  One of the big reasons I think sanitation fees should be use based.  All garbage should be in paid for bags and you pay for the bags themselves.  The more you produce the more you pay, the less you produce the less you pay.  Recycling would be more encouraged (even though some of the above are recyclers).
We were too and decided it must be due to:
1 - People were home more, generating more garbage.
2 - Cities are temporarily lifting the limit on the number of cans you can set out and people are taking advantage of that.  In addition to regular trash they are putting out more stuff that might have been metered out over time.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on January 22, 2011, 07:37:33 PM
  Like totm says, Dekalb Co. is not doing their job!
And apparently they realize that:
http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-assessing-response-to-804410.html (http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-assessing-response-to-804410.html)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on January 23, 2011, 08:35:59 AM
I am udderly (sic) amazed at how much garbage is pile up by people's driveways.  No HaagenDazs, this is NOT a complaint against DeKalb sanitation.  I personally can wait weeks for garbage pickup.  I just find it crazy that households that have one couple living in the abode, as ours does, has 4-8 bags of trash plus trashcans of garbage.  I put out our half full one standard size trash can last Friday.  Our can still isn't full.  One of the big reasons I think sanitation fees should be use based.  All garbage should be in paid for bags and you pay for the bags themselves.  The more you produce the more you pay, the less you produce the less you pay.  Recycling would be more encouraged (even though some of the above are recyclers).
We were too and decided it must be due to:
1 - People were home more, generating more garbage.
2 - Cities are temporarily lifting the limit on the number of cans you can set out and people are taking advantage of that.  In addition to regular trash they are putting out more stuff that might have been metered out over time.
Kinda makes you wonder with the amount of trash set out! You can see how many folks really know how to pack. Like breaking down boxes and filling the voids. Kinda like that College perfessor with his jar of golf balls, rocks, gravel, sand then water. Is it full now?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Larkemon on February 28, 2011, 08:46:47 AM
Sounds like we need to nail everything down this afternoon... 60 mph gusts!?!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on February 28, 2011, 09:19:10 AM
I always get spooked by the trees behind the house - the big pines get a little frisky in high winds.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on February 28, 2011, 09:38:53 AM
with any luck the wind will knock down a ginourmous oak tree, in the adjacent subdivision, that shades my lawn and house...no damage to any houses please...just remove that oak...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on February 28, 2011, 09:51:16 AM
60 mph? Weatherunderground says 15-25 mph.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Larkemon on February 28, 2011, 09:53:49 AM
60 mph? Weatherunderground says 15-25 mph.

Looks like the ajc.com article got updated.  The headline read 60 mph this morning.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on February 28, 2011, 09:54:56 AM
60 mph? Weatherunderground says 15-25 mph.

Looks like the ajc.com article got updated.  The headline read 60 mph this morning.

The oak is still there.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on February 28, 2011, 10:11:31 AM
When they warn of wind speeds like 60 mph, they are talking about very isolated areas and even then it's not a guarantee.  It's kind of like saying there is a risk of tornadoes.  Will there be tornadoes?  Maybe, maybe not, but they won't be widespread and they won't affect everyone.  Same with these 60 mph gusts.  Unless there is a VERY rare weather event, the only way we would have widespread 60 mph+ winds is to have a hurricane blow through Atlanta.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on February 28, 2011, 11:49:04 AM
They are seeing gusts up to 50-60 mph in this system, but it's been in the area north of the GA state line. Mo, KY, and W Va are getting whacked pretty hard.

Looks like we may escape the nasty stuff...

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/severe-storm-damage-reports_2011-02-28
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on February 28, 2011, 01:52:41 PM
60 mph? Weatherunderground says 15-25 mph.

Looks like the ajc.com article got updated.  The headline read 60 mph this morning.

Figures. Stormtrackerdangerdangercheckineveryfiveminutesblackice-weather reporting drives me absolutely nuts. I can't even watch it on tv at all anymore. So overly dramatic!! Come to think of it, that is why I never ever watch any local tv news. It is all crap and fear-mongering. History-changing uprisings ripple across the Middle East? Nah, we'd rather report on a local stabbing or police chase or idiot who got themselves into trouble.

Probably should have gone in the pet peeves thread. Glad we seem to be missing the worst of the weather so far.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on February 28, 2011, 02:28:55 PM
with any luck the wind will knock down a ginourmous oak tree, in the adjacent subdivision, that shades my lawn and house...no damage to any houses please...just remove that oak...
I'm somewhat like you Jmo, I want the two nasty Leyland Cypress trees next to the back deck knocked down but I want them to lean gently on the house.  Allstate, would you please get these trees off the house?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on February 28, 2011, 02:57:34 PM
with any luck the wind will knock down a ginourmous oak tree, in the adjacent subdivision, that shades my lawn and house...no damage to any houses please...just remove that oak...
I'm somewhat like you Jmo, I want the two nasty Leyland Cypress trees next to the back deck knocked down but I want them to lean gently on the house.  Allstate, would you please get these trees off the house?

Don't people pay big money to plant those?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on February 28, 2011, 04:21:01 PM
Looks like north OTP is getting whacked right now.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Larkemon on February 28, 2011, 05:36:36 PM
Well, I don't know if it hit 60 mph, but the way my trees were swinging around it definitely wasn't 15-25.  My pencil hollies are pointing sideways...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on March 01, 2011, 06:50:29 AM
Anybody have property damage? I have a pizza box that almost drowned when I attempted to get to my car and then into the house. Front lawn was a bit swampy, but no treefalls.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on March 01, 2011, 07:47:15 AM
with any luck the wind will knock down a ginourmous oak tree, in the adjacent subdivision, that shades my lawn and house...no damage to any houses please...just remove that oak...
I'm somewhat like you Jmo, I want the two nasty Leyland Cypress trees next to the back deck knocked down but I want them to lean gently on the house.  Allstate, would you please get these trees off the house?

Don't people pay big money to plant those?

I sure hope not.  They serve a purpose but not right next to the deck/house.  They make maintaining the deck a royal pain in the @ss.  They were a nice size when we moved in but the growth rate is astounding.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 01, 2011, 07:52:31 AM
No damage on our end in downtown Roswell.  Bunch of pine cones and a few very small branches on the street but nothing more.  The power flickered (not unusual at all for our area) so I had to re-set the clocks.  Sorry to hear about the traumatic experience for your pizza box.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 01, 2011, 12:19:57 PM
Not to put too strong a point on it but this is why they have the Stormtrackerdangerdangercheckineveryfiveminutesblackice updates.  Persistent?  Sometimes annoying?  Seemingly over the top?  Perhaps... until it hits your house.

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-weather-clean-up-854024.html
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on March 01, 2011, 02:56:19 PM
Yes, and I feel terrible for those folks, but I still think that the TV meteorologists cry wolf almost constantly during any weather "event" and totally ruin any shred of credibility they might have started out with. And I am really kind of a weather geek. YMMV
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Beerbitch on March 02, 2011, 10:46:25 AM
I want the big giant scary oak tree over my house to be whisked off to OZ and planted by Glenda the Good Witch's castle.

I swear I have some form of PTSS from the tornado that hit Cabbagetown.

Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on March 02, 2011, 11:50:06 AM
Ten months out of the year, I'm grateful for all the trees around my house and in the backyard for their shade, function as bird sanctuaries, and calming greenery.

That all changes in the spring. On the nights that severe weather is predicted, I toy with the idea of sleeping on the living room couch, as my bed would be ground zero for a couple nearby oaks of varying heights and sturdiness.
Makes for some nervous sleeping....
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on March 02, 2011, 01:08:02 PM
When I was 4, a F3 tornado passed about a block away from us (we were very lucky to have a basement in the house we were living in). I can still remember trying to crawl up to the window to look at it.

Sometimes I look back on my life and wonder just what the hell was I doing...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Barnum on April 04, 2011, 10:45:30 PM
One nasty storm just hit us on the west side of town heading east.  Power is out and the schnauzers are shaking!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 05, 2011, 08:21:57 AM


Trees down out here on the East Side.  CP and I had to drag a fallen tree aside to get her car out of the driveway.  Not much else blown around though.  My towels are still sitting on my outside table near the grill, they are wet but they didn't blow into the next county. 

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 05, 2011, 08:53:54 AM
I heard a buncha thumps on the roof last night - going to go up when I get home and look for holes.

Not too much byblow on the streets going to work, but still some big honking pools of water.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on April 05, 2011, 09:17:11 AM
We had a fairly large tree snap and go down. One of those blooming pear trees, they are not very strong anyway, somebody call the chainsaw guys.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on April 05, 2011, 11:29:28 AM
We had a fairly large tree snap and go down. One of those blooming pear trees, they are not very strong anyway, somebody call the chainsaw guys.

Bradford pear.  You're better without it.  Buy a nice Japanese maple to replace it.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 05, 2011, 12:52:36 PM
Bradford pears were planted a lot for quick shade trees, but they send out a LOT of suckers, and they tend to split if you look at them cross-eyed.

I was lucky - they planted a Japanese maple and a cherry in the front, and the maple is beautiful in the fall. Tons of big honkin' leaves, though.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on April 05, 2011, 01:50:34 PM
We were watching the radar around 11PM and when the heaviest bit hit it looked like a 'tornado signature" vortex was headed our way. A few minutes later we heard a loud crack and a ton of wind/rain. We looked at each other, DH grabbed the sleeping kid and we headed downstairs for a few minutes until it passed. First time we have done that, ever.

No damage to our house but the neighbor has a couple of limbs on his flat roof and there is a largish hunk of tree at the corner of Blvd and Berne. Neighbor's plastic owl has disappeared from his perch as well!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 05, 2011, 02:36:02 PM
I remember sitting in Everybodys in 2003 and a tree falling on a Landcruiser on N. Highland, just north of the restaurant. The driver's wife and children were killed in the backseat. It was probably the saddest day in my life.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: loveATL on April 05, 2011, 03:38:03 PM
Top of pine decided to fall onto my garage roof.  Doesn't seem to be any damage.  Power went out at 11:30 last night and when I headed back to work at 1:30 it was still not back on - power lines down on N. Highland.  Hope it's back on soon!  I'm sure food in fridge is a loss - good thing tomorrow is trash day  :D
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on April 06, 2011, 06:09:55 AM
My neighbor around the corner and down the street was on Channel 2 news last night. A tree had fallen on his house on bedrooms where his pregnant daughter and 3-yr.-old grandson were sleeping. Thankfully it missed them but they were covered with debris.

The tree came down around 4 a.m., hours after the worst of the storm had passed through. Seems roots gave way in overstaurated soil.
To avoid something like this, we slept in the basement that night. But we returned to our bedroom around the same time that tree gave way down the street, thinking we were safe. It's scary cuz our yard is full of big trees.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on April 06, 2011, 08:48:49 AM
We have chain saws going full blast and the landscapers are cleaning up the mess. No damage so that is good news.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on April 06, 2011, 12:14:58 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on April 06, 2011, 12:21:16 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 06, 2011, 01:10:35 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.  

Really..

Besides,  Bradford Pear is one of the few trees you can give a huge pruning followed by a shaping in two years and end up with a nice looking ornamental tree.  Either do it yourself or call my guy and have him cut the tree down to the crown, yes to the crown.  wait a year for it to shape up, trim out the top and you will have a very pretty, roundish Bradford pear tree (with a bunch of branches to trim for your smoker)...

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on April 06, 2011, 01:18:03 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry. 

Really..

Besides,  Bradford Pear is one of the few trees you can give a huge pruning followed by a shaping in two years and end up with a nice looking ornamental tree.  Either do it yourself or call my guy and have him cut the tree down to the crown, yes to the crown.  wait a year for it to shape up, trim out the top and you will have a very pretty, roundish Bradford pear tree (with a bunch of branches to trim for your smoker)...

....

No point trimming. They're creating so much shade that my lawn is dead. I have a dirt plot for 1/2 my back yard. I think they'r egoing to go bye bye
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on April 06, 2011, 01:45:18 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Been doing it since about 1987.  Plenty of limbs of Bradford pear available in addition to ornamental cherry.  They both make mighty tasty BBQ.  Even for someone who smokes on a gas grill.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 06, 2011, 02:27:13 PM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Been doing it since about 1987.  Plenty of limbs of Bradford pear available in addition to ornamental cherry.  They both make mighty tasty BBQ.  Even for someone who smokes on a gas grill. 

Smokes on a GAS GRILL     :'(

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on April 07, 2011, 08:14:51 AM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Been doing it since about 1987.  Plenty of limbs of Bradford pear available in addition to ornamental cherry.  They both make mighty tasty BBQ.  Even for someone who smokes on a gas grill. 

Smokes on a GAS GRILL     :'(

.....
Works for me GG.  I've had compliments that one would not expect for my methods.  Maybe one day I'll get the proper apparatus.  Anybody want to give me a BGE in working condition?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: AndyBoy on April 07, 2011, 10:09:07 AM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Damn I didn't even think of that. I think they are gone but there are a few small pieces left maybe. I will have to scavenge a few of those.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 07, 2011, 10:49:28 AM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Been doing it since about 1987.  Plenty of limbs of Bradford pear available in addition to ornamental cherry.  They both make mighty tasty BBQ.  Even for someone who smokes on a gas grill. 

Smokes on a GAS GRILL     :'(

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Works for me GG.  I've had compliments that one would not expect for my methods.  Maybe one day I'll get the proper apparatus.  Anybody want to give me a BGE in working condition?  

Well I WANT to give you one, but just cant swing it this week..  ;)  

If any of you want to ever put up with Eggtoberfest it would be the time to get a terrific deal on a Big Green Egg at about 20% off. The Eggs at that event have been used for one day.  Also available constantly are Big Green Eggs that are used in demos that arrive back at the Mothership in Tucker that have a couple hours on them, they usually have a hefty discount on them.  I watched a guy bargain down one of the salesfolks a week or two ago, the customer ended up with a pretty nifty hardwood (not laminated) double sided Egg table a Large BGE, a S*&t load of tools and accessories, two bags of charcoal, and a written years warranty on the table.  The outfit had been on a single demo for two days at some country fair in N. Georgia.  He walked out of there with all of that for less than $1100.00.  They needed the room, and he got the prize.

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on April 07, 2011, 11:33:44 AM
Save some of those branches of the Bradford pear.  They are great in a smoker.  If I were working remote today I'd already be at your house.  8-)

Really? I have 4 bradford pear trees in my back yard that i'm debating removing. I guess i'll keep a good amount of the wood and let it dry.
Been doing it since about 1987.  Plenty of limbs of Bradford pear available in addition to ornamental cherry.  They both make mighty tasty BBQ.  Even for someone who smokes on a gas grill.  

Smokes on a GAS GRILL     :'(

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Works for me GG.  I've had compliments that one would not expect for my methods.  Maybe one day I'll get the proper apparatus.  Anybody want to give me a BGE in working condition?  

Well I WANT to give you one, but just cant swing it this week..  ;)  

If any of you want to ever put up with Eggtoberfest it would be the time to get a terrific deal on a Big Green Egg at about 20% off. The Eggs at that event have been used for one day.  Also available constantly are Big Green Eggs that are used in demos that arrive back at the Mothership in Tucker that have a couple hours on them, they usually have a hefty discount on them.  I watched a guy bargain down one of the salesfolks a week or two ago, the customer ended up with a pretty nifty hardwood (not laminated) double sided Egg table a Large BGE, a S*&t load of tools and accessories, two bags of charcoal, and a written years warranty on the table.  The outfit had been on a single demo for two days at some country fair in N. Georgia.  He walked out of there with all of that for less than $1100.00.  They needed the room, and he got the prize.

.....
To heck with the BGE, I'll just take the the $1.1K.

There's more than one mothership?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on April 15, 2011, 03:47:01 PM
Is it just me or does this system seem scary? I'm not usually a weather alarmist, but the huge oak trees around my house are already moving quite a bit. And the strong wind is from the south, which is pretty odd for us and I remember that it was that way last tornado we had.

Time to plug in the chargeable electronics and hope for the best.

Sad about the damage and deaths further west.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 15, 2011, 03:53:49 PM
Tuscaloosa and Birmingham are getting whacked right now. Hopefully for us the system will die down a bit if it takes its time in getting here from the sun setting. But it is a nasty one.

P.S. - if you have neighbors and/or friends that don't watch much TV, you might want to give them a call and give them a heads up on this one. The area up around Rome is getting whacked right now, and I think this storm system may rival the downtown/Cabbagetown damage from the tornado. Be safe.

P.P.S. - I gotta get me an emergency weather radio.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 15, 2011, 07:05:22 PM
Tornado warning for Sandy Springs/Roswell. Watch it.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 16, 2011, 09:47:49 AM
16 dead from that weather system. I think Atlanta got off lucky.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 25, 2011, 01:58:53 PM
Wondered why my back was hurting so much - just started raining like heck outside.

Watch out for Wednesday's weather - might be a repeat of 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Girly on April 25, 2011, 02:38:35 PM
Wondered why my back was hurting so much - just started raining like heck outside.

Watch out for Wednesday's weather - might be a repeat of 2 weeks ago.

Yep, I woke up with bone pain and a migraine.

I bought one of those Weather Channel weather stations (the cheap one - under $40) and hooked it up this weekend. The little kid they have on it had an umbrella this AM so I guess it kinda knows, lol. However, they did say it's only 75% accurate. Which is probably 25% better than the local forecasters and about 20% worse than my bones/head.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 25, 2011, 02:48:31 PM
Wondered why my back was hurting so much - just started raining like heck outside.

Watch out for Wednesday's weather - might be a repeat of 2 weeks ago.

Yep, I woke up with bone pain and a migraine.

I bought one of those Weather Channel weather stations (the cheap one - under $40) and hooked it up this weekend. The little kid they have on it had an umbrella this AM so I guess it kinda knows, lol. However, they did say it's only 75% accurate. Which is probably 25% better than the local forecasters and about 20% worse than my bones/head.
Had an interesting discussion with the mother of a friend yesterday. We were talking about chronic pain, and we agreed that it's hard to describe your life to someone who doesn't experience it. Too many times I feel like I have to defend myself if I'm having problems walking in the PM when I'm doing OK in the AM. Sometimes I want to take a visegrip with me, and when I get that "You can't be hurting as much as you say you are" shtick, I'll grab the pliers, clamp a tender part of their anatomy, and tell them to wear it for the rest of the day. Oy.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on April 27, 2011, 06:01:10 AM
Once again I find myself wondering how much is media hype and how much I really should be concerned about the predicted severe storms moving through our area tonight.

This batch of storms does have a lethal track record already, so I guess I'll pay heed to their warnings. Sleeping in the uncomfortable spare room in the basement isn't an appealing thought, but maybe better safe than sorry. Don't care to be squashed by a tree, and there are plenty of big ones in my yard.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 27, 2011, 06:25:44 AM
I've been through several tornados, and I don't think anything about the constant info from the stations. I'd rather be overinformed than up in the air (literally). I personally think it's stupid to disregard weather information if it has a history of high winds/hail/tornados.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: mikeamor on April 27, 2011, 07:49:00 AM
Wondered why my back was hurting so much - just started raining like heck outside.

Watch out for Wednesday's weather - might be a repeat of 2 weeks ago.

Yep, I woke up with bone pain and a migraine.

I bought one of those Weather Channel weather stations (the cheap one - under $40) and hooked it up this weekend. The little kid they have on it had an umbrella this AM so I guess it kinda knows, lol. However, they did say it's only 75% accurate. Which is probably 25% better than the local forecasters and about 20% worse than my bones/head.
Had an interesting discussion with the mother of a friend yesterday. We were talking about chronic pain, and we agreed that it's hard to describe your life to someone who doesn't experience it. Too many times I feel like I have to defend myself if I'm having problems walking in the PM when I'm doing OK in the AM. Sometimes I want to take a visegrip with me, and when I get that "You can't be hurting as much as you say you are" shtick, I'll grab the pliers, clamp a tender part of their anatomy, and tell them to wear it for the rest of the day. Oy.
Been having shoulder/arm pain off and on for a while that has finally settled in for the past couple of weeks to become chronic.  Can't raise right arm above shoulder without shooting pain that makes me drop anything I am holding or reaching for.  Doctor referred me to orthopedists at Resurgens.  Making appt today. Can't have this now, we are in the middle of a  major DIY bathroom remodel and I have a lot of work to do.  Oy +1.  :P
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Post by: mikeamor on April 27, 2011, 07:52:42 AM
Just received this email from the Roswell FD.
Odd to get this so early in the day.
I hope the weather yahoos on TV aren't right this time.
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Alert Message has been issued by the Roswell Fire Department.
Wednesday April 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT
Tornado WATCH: Roswell is under under a WATCH until further notice, please stay tuned to your local news for updates
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4683601/?sub_id=455246.

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Post by: KoPP on April 27, 2011, 08:29:37 AM
Crappy stuff heading in from the west - be here in about 30
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Post by: LizR on April 27, 2011, 12:42:27 PM
I can say with certainty that I am not looking forward to my 6:30 flight to Chicago this evening.
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Post by: KoPP on April 27, 2011, 02:37:12 PM
Have a safe flight!
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Post by: KoPP on April 27, 2011, 07:53:39 PM
Watching 11Alive, they just showed a tornado on their 3-d radar heading toward Rome - glad we have tech to help spot them. Hope anyone up north is safe.
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Post by: Jmolinari on April 27, 2011, 07:58:11 PM
we're going to sleep in our basement for the 1st time because of a storm...seems scary this time
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Post by: Minerva on April 28, 2011, 05:51:05 AM
We were very, very lucky. Newsguy said metro Atlanta was pretty much untouched, yet watching reports of loss of life and severe damage elsewhere reinforced my decision to move us all downstairs for the night. Anyone have any damages at their abode?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on April 28, 2011, 06:03:07 AM
I'm not sure the sirens even sounded in Smyrna and they usually have a trigger finger! What happened? We moved to our basement...and ht eone time we do, nothing! Still glad we did though
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Post by: Minerva on April 28, 2011, 06:18:29 AM
It was like there was some giant protective bubble around Cobb County. Bulk of the storm moved through between midnight and 1 a.m. but it seemed toothless after seeing the radar on TV and listening to the dire warnings. Still, I'll go downstairs to sleep next time, too.
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Post by: Barnum on April 28, 2011, 06:50:45 AM
I'm not sure the sirens even sounded in Smyrna and they usually have a trigger finger! What happened? We moved to our basement...and ht eone time we do, nothing! Still glad we did though

Agreed, this year I've heard the Cobb sirens more than I have in the last 10 years... but nothing at all last night.
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Post by: KoPP on April 28, 2011, 07:56:13 AM
I popped my pills and got to sleep around 11 - I figured that it would either go around us like it has for the last 2 times, or I was going to wake up sleeping next to a tree. I did wake up when the squall line went through, but that was due to a tremendous amount of pain - I was literally writhing on the floor. I can't wait to get my back fixed.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: mikeamor on April 28, 2011, 08:07:02 AM
It was like there was some giant protective bubble around Cobb County.

I think the bubble extended over Roswell too.
We had some wind and a few sprinkles but that was it.
Very fortunate.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: KoPP on April 28, 2011, 08:12:51 AM
This is the second time that the Atlanta metro area got lucky.
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Post by: Larkemon on April 28, 2011, 08:17:23 AM
It was like there was some giant protective bubble around Cobb County.

I think the bubble extended over Roswell too.
We had some wind and a few sprinkles but that was it.
Very fortunate.

Us too.  I was up til around 2 am watching the news.  We don't have a basement (yet... priority for next house).  So I stayed up to watch the news reports and hustle the family downstairs into the hallway if necessary.  Thankfully, everyone got to sleep through it and only real damage was some loss sleep on my part.
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Post by: KoPP on May 23, 2011, 06:08:48 PM
Joplin - #9 all-time in deadliest tornadoes. And now they're thinking that the supercells can reform and hit the area again.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 23, 2011, 07:29:26 PM
Joplin - #9 all-time in deadliest tornadoes. And now they're thinking that the supercells can reform and hit the area again.


Good grief, do they next expect some other plague?  Are locusts out of the question ?

......
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Post by: MadBob on May 29, 2011, 08:22:32 AM
Joplin - #9 all-time in deadliest tornadoes. And now they're thinking that the supercells can reform and hit the area again.


Good grief, do they next expect some other plague?  Are locusts out of the question ?

......

Isn't it Cicada season?
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Post by: LizR on May 31, 2011, 03:29:11 PM
What is with this un-seasonable heat? Really bad for the garden and for water bills, which are already outrageous. Not to mention that it also makes me extremely grumpy.

Last year we had three solid months of temps at 90 or greater, beginning around June 1st. Is this just another anomaly? Anyone hear any theories? If it is going to be like this here in the summer every year, I will seriously think of moving. Normal highs should be around 83 degrees this time of year.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on June 01, 2011, 06:56:40 AM
Put the blame on La Nina for the bad weather.
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Post by: totm on June 01, 2011, 08:39:05 AM
I held off as long as possible before turning on the A/C.  When I got home last night the main floor thermostat was at 84 and had gotten up to 86 before the sun went down.  Upstairs (which is only used when I work from home or the grandkids come over) was 92.  I was peeling garlic for dinner and had sweat dripping.  8-0
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Post by: KoPP on June 01, 2011, 09:30:52 AM
I held off as long as possible before turning on the A/C.  When I got home last night the main floor thermostat was at 84 and had gotten up to 86 before the sun went down.  Upstairs (which is only used when I work from home or the grandkids come over) was 92.  I was peeling garlic for dinner and had sweat dripping.  8-0

Same here - finally turned it on last night. Tried to use the ceiling fans to keep the 'virtual' temp down, but nogo.
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Post by: mikeamor on June 01, 2011, 10:26:47 AM
Put the blame on La Nina for the bad weather.

It's them dern left wingers pushing their agenda by controlling the weather to make you believe global warming is real.  ;D
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Post by: Girly on June 01, 2011, 10:35:26 AM
Possible TMI ahead:

With hot flashes, I've had the freaking AC on since Feb. It cannot get cold enough in here. The AC is pretty much running 24/7 WITH fans. I have always hated hot weather, but this summer (and last) it's been horrible for me. Back to the doc for more meds. I think he's next going to try me on testosterone. Then y'all can call me Girly-Man ;)
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Post by: totm on June 05, 2011, 06:28:43 AM
Why does the A/C always wait until it gets really hot to die?  (Hey Cal, where's the sweating emoticon?) I called to schedule a maintenance visit Friday.  Which wouldn't be until mid July.  That got moved up to a service call Tuesday.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on June 05, 2011, 08:33:03 AM
Had new unit installed for the upstairs and was told "it might run a little more often but don't worry, it is energy efficient"! So, If it's 96 dg outside air temp, with both up and down thermostats set for 73 dg, at 5 PM downstairs, good to go at 73 dg.  78-79 dg upstairs, and all appropriate cieling fans running. Nothing like getting out of the shower and having to step into the oven.... Had to put a fan at the top of the kitchen stairs to pull cooler air up from the kitchen area to push it down the hall into the master. I need to rethink my plan, shoulda got a Ranch style home.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on June 07, 2011, 11:04:58 AM
I held off as long as possible before turning on the A/C.  When I got home last night the main floor thermostat was at 84 and had gotten up to 86 before the sun went down.  Upstairs (which is only used when I work from home or the grandkids come over) was 92.  I was peeling garlic for dinner and had sweat dripping.  8-0

Same here - finally turned it on last night. Tried to use the ceiling fans to keep the 'virtual' temp down, but nogo.
After getting the unit on the main floor worked on (not sure if I really saved money with the maintenance agreement or not) it is recommended to turn your A/C on late April/early May for a day or so.  If there are issues with it sitting idle for months then they hopefully will show up then.  Getting a technician out promptly, before it gets blazingly hot, is more easily accomplished.
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Post by: AndyBoy on June 07, 2011, 02:08:48 PM
What is with this un-seasonable heat? Really bad for the garden and for water bills, which are already outrageous. Not to mention that it also makes me extremely grumpy.

Last year we had three solid months of temps at 90 or greater, beginning around June 1st. Is this just another anomaly? Anyone hear any theories? If it is going to be like this here in the summer every year, I will seriously think of moving. Normal highs should be around 83 degrees this time of year.

It has been hot and at times humid in the Lowcountry but the heat is very different that in Atlanta. Here the air is much cleaner and there is air movement that makes it much more comfortable. We also do not have all that concrete and asphalt to make it even hotter. We have been enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner on our screened porch under a ceiling fan and it is very comfortable. We are loving it down here!
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Post by: LizR on June 07, 2011, 05:15:58 PM
Sure AB - rub it in! Actually, we have friends who have a house on Fripp, so I know that it gets mighty sticky there too, but you sure are right about a breeze helping to cool things off. Glad you are enjoying it!

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Post by: totm on June 16, 2011, 07:32:44 AM
Yeah Hail!  At least it wasn't the golf ball or baseball size some locations got hit with.
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Post by: LizR on June 20, 2011, 04:12:06 PM
I just seriously considered mowing my three/four-inch high lawn. Went outside, stood on the front steps, pondered mowing and sweating, turned around and came back into the AC.

We are set to have someone come and do some landscaping tomorrow. I don't know how they survive outside all day.
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Post by: Melomom on June 20, 2011, 04:54:39 PM
And the folks who pave roads in the summer, that must be hell.  I have been walking in the mornings since you really can't go in the afternoons with the heat and smog.  This morning it was 77 degrees at 5:45 am - I hope it will not be as bad on July 4 for the Peachtree...
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Post by: KoPP on June 20, 2011, 05:00:19 PM
I worked lawn crew during summers when I was going to college (+100s temps). After you get used to it, all you need to do is hydrate properly. Getting used to it sucks, however.
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Post by: Barnum on June 20, 2011, 05:26:26 PM
Dang!  Was wearing a light jacket on the way to SFO at 4am this morning to catch my flight back to ATL... Think it was in the upper 50's overnight.  Sometimes its tough coming back to this sauna.
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Post by: totm on June 21, 2011, 11:28:42 AM
Yeah Hail!  At least it wasn't the golf ball or baseball size some locations got hit with.
Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

Apparently for Allstate it needed to be golf ball sized or larger.
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Post by: LizR on August 26, 2011, 02:38:36 PM
Car temperature display just read 112 degrees. It has been my experience that it is usually three degrees off - in the up direction. But still.
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Post by: Minerva on August 27, 2011, 09:02:39 AM
Having moved here from South Florida to escape the unrelenting heat and humidity, I tend to stay hermetically sealed indoors with fans in every room going full blast and the A/C set as low as I can without inducing extreme power bills. But at least it's not 100 degrees plus out there. SO's brother in Dallas had an $848 power bill last month and they never had the temp set lower than 78, or so they say,

On another note. SO's daughter and grandson live in Virginia Beach, just blocks from the ocean. They went 30 minutes inland to stay with a friend, She called just now to say the power is already out and she was turning off her cell to conserve the battery. I know they'll be safe, but it's going to be a very rough 24 hours and then a miserable two or three days with the heat, no power and flooding. On reflection, Atlanta's weather doesn't seem so bad to me just now.
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Post by: LizR on August 27, 2011, 01:27:30 PM
Point taken!
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Post by: AndyBoy on August 27, 2011, 03:37:50 PM
We were very lucky and had only strong winds most of the day and hard rain a couple of times yesterday. Power flickered a bit but we never lost it completely. We were packed and ready to roll out of here with supplies if it had not turned north as they were predicting.

Drove down to the beach this morning and there was water and debris up into the parking areas but the water was very calm today and lots of surfers trying to catch what small waves were coming in.
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Post by: totm on August 29, 2011, 12:01:45 PM
I was quite amazed at the wind we got from the outer bands of Irene Saturday.  I sure hope one of our members is safe with all the flooding way up north.
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Post by: Lorenzo on August 29, 2011, 01:27:29 PM
I was in Savannah over the weekend.  A little blustery and gray for part of Friday, but otherwise Irene was hardly noticeable.
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Post by: Minerva on March 02, 2012, 06:21:35 PM
Forecasters are making me very nervous. Probably a good idea for everyone to keep a clear path to the basement tonight. Even if you don't get a twister, trees are likely to come down on some houses.
Or am I just being paranoid?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 03, 2012, 10:40:56 PM
Forecasters are making me very nervous. Probably a good idea for everyone to keep a clear path to the basement tonight. Even if you don't get a twister, trees are likely to come down on some houses.
Or am I just being paranoid? 

It is better sleeping tonight, that's for sure.

No boomers.

.....
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Post by: LizR on April 24, 2012, 11:30:06 AM
The past several weeks of awesome weather is lulling me into believing that maybe, just maybe, not every day from June 1st to September 1st will be over 90. What a great spring we have had!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on April 25, 2012, 02:57:33 PM
There's been talk of an El Nino developing but I'll believe it when I see it.  El Nino equals cooler summer temps for us here in the southeast.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 25, 2012, 04:29:49 PM
There's been talk of an El Nino developing but I'll believe it when I see it.  El Nino equals cooler summer temps for us here in the southeast. 

I just hope it doesn't throw off the fishing off the San Diego coast in August.  Last year was an amazing year for us/me and I was hoping for another boatload of good tuna to ship back home. 

.....
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on April 25, 2012, 06:46:37 PM
I just hope it doesn't throw off the fishing off the San Diego coast in August.  Last year was an amazing year for us/me and I was hoping for another boatload of good tuna to ship back home. 

.....

Well, we'll wish you a good trip but if it means we have to suffer through a super-hot summer, you better bring us back some tuna.  ;)
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Post by: totm on April 26, 2012, 08:07:35 AM
I just hope it doesn't throw off the fishing off the San Diego coast in August.  Last year was an amazing year for us/me and I was hoping for another boatload of good tuna to ship back home. 

.....

Well, we'll wish you a good trip but if it means we have to suffer through a super-hot summer, you better bring us back some tuna.  ;)
And host a 285F event with it!  8-)
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Post by: LizR on April 26, 2012, 10:42:43 AM
I just hope it doesn't throw off the fishing off the San Diego coast in August.  Last year was an amazing year for us/me and I was hoping for another boatload of good tuna to ship back home. 

.....

Well, we'll wish you a good trip but if it means we have to suffer through a super-hot summer, you better bring us back some tuna.  ;)
And host a 285F event with it!  8-)

+1!!
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 28, 2012, 01:10:42 PM


Do I have an "Amen" after I shout    "Damn it's hot"


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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on June 28, 2012, 02:06:24 PM


Do I have an "Amen" after I shout    "Damn it's hot"


....

The water in our birdbath is almost boiling.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: totm on June 28, 2012, 02:51:18 PM
Do I have an "Amen" after I shout    "Damn it's hot"
....
Anybody want to come and help with a crawfish boil Saturday?  107 ambient temperature with double propane burners and boiling spicy liquid.  I think I'll sweat off a few pounds.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Jmolinari on June 28, 2012, 02:52:06 PM


Do I have an "Amen" after I shout    "Damn it's hot"


....

The water in our birdbath is almost boiling.


Instant stock?
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on June 28, 2012, 09:12:40 PM


Do I have an "Amen" after I shout    "Damn it's hot"


....

The water in our birdbath is almost boiling.


Instant stock?
Ewww! LOL. But at least we had a decent June, which we have not had the past two years. Hopefully it will cool down a bit after the next week.
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Post by: Girly on June 28, 2012, 09:17:47 PM
My outdoor thermometer is showing 88 degree right now. 10:16 at night. It was 90 at 9:00.

Crazy.  :o

And I do NOT like hot weather. At all. I hate to say it, but as soon as my Dad passes, I'm outta GA!!
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on June 29, 2012, 05:38:12 AM
My outdoor thermometer is showing 88 degree right now. 10:16 at night. It was 90 at 9:00.

Crazy.  :o

And I do NOT like hot weather. At all. I hate to say it, but as soon as my Dad passes, I'm outta GA!!

Ga. is not alone in its suffering. Have you seen the heat map across the country? Unless you are in Seattle or Maine, it's HOT.   :P
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Post by: AndyBoy on June 29, 2012, 10:55:56 AM
We hit 92º yesterday and today is supposed to be 98º but we do usually get some breeze so that helps. June has been pretty mild but summer is here and July and August will be hot and humid down here in Beaufort. Hang in there guys.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on June 30, 2012, 11:28:23 AM
My car AC has been intermittent for a few weeks and the guys I took it to couldn't figure out what is wrong.

Then last night it started to get warm in our house. Yep, AC unit has error message and needs service. Really. Guy is supposed to be coming tooday at 4 - fingers crossed that he can fix it.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on June 30, 2012, 05:24:04 PM
My car AC has been intermittent for a few weeks and the guys I took it to couldn't figure out what is wrong.

Then last night it started to get warm in our house. Yep, AC unit has error message and needs service. Really. Guy is supposed to be coming tooday at 4 - fingers crossed that he can fix it.

Was he successful? If not, I suggest an air conditioned motel room the rest of the weekend.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on July 01, 2012, 08:51:34 PM
He was somewhat successful but it won't cool below 83 upstairs and 80 downstairs. Guy came again today and thought he fixed it again but it is still doing the same thing tonight. They are coming again tomorrow. I really don't think it is the repair people - this thing has been an off-and-on nightmare lemon from day one five years ago. It is some fancy Carrier thing. Then again, they were the folks that installed it....

And then our fridge gave up the ghost today, I think from working so hard in a hot house. Fridge guy came and said it was a damper motor and he would replace tomorrow. We cleaned the condenser coils AFTER he left (duh, but we were confused earlier because the freezer part seemed to be working and just the fridge was warm, so we thougt it was not a dirty condenser) and now it seems to be working but has no damper in it!

Crazy.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on July 02, 2012, 09:10:22 AM
Scratch that - fridge still not really working.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Minerva on July 02, 2012, 09:37:49 AM
Wow. Bad mojo. Now you get to deal with a fridge repairman, too.
What a nasty situation all around.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: LizR on July 02, 2012, 10:21:41 AM
Wow. Bad mojo. Now you get to deal with a fridge repairman, too.
What a nasty situation all around.

I know, really! I swear I'm not a bad person!!!

AC guys are here now. Fridge ppl coming "between 2-5" to replace small plastic parts for $400+. And I don't think that will be the total solution.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 02, 2012, 07:41:35 PM
It could be worse. It could have been 106 this weekend. Oh, wait...
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Foodgeek on July 03, 2012, 01:44:16 PM
My old man's a frigerator pairman, what d'ya think about that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFVrtjUmz7c
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 10, 2014, 02:56:03 PM


Well I'm not a betting man, but I think they are overplanning this storm. 


What do you think?   

.......
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Northside Food on February 10, 2014, 04:28:39 PM
I think we're making up for our under preparation last time by over preparing now. Oh well. I'm off from school and the husband works from home the next two days. I think we'll live as long as the power stays on.
Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 11, 2014, 10:10:20 AM


Deanne drove in from here on the Eastside to Buckhead today, but she and her whole office is keeping an eye on the actual weather (not the predictions) and will act accordingly. 

I did set some wood aside for a fireplace burn in case we need it and our ice-locked freezers will stay cold if'n we get a power outage.  I don't need an excuse to cook on the grill  8)

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Title: Re: Weather. Or not.
Post by: MadBob on May 15, 2016, 02:22:01 PM
Lookie!
My Galaxy has been readmitted! Huzzah!