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post #1 of 9 Old 03-01-2014, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Apologies eastern brothers

I'm in SoCal and as you've probably seen on the news it's raining.

The news reporters are doing their best to portray this as some sort of disaster:

"Look there's some mud on the streets! A car got stuck in a puddle! My cat got wet!"

Sheesh back east has been frozen solid for about 3 months now right?

I'm embaressed for us.

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Couple everything that for at least the last month the national media has been talking up the "drought of the century", and now that it has started to rain, instead of giving thanks for the precipitation, the California media is writing doom and gloom...

I grew up in the Eastern Sierra / Owens Valley area of California, and I currently reside in the second-driest state in the country, so I understand how precious precipitation is... Every bit of precipitation that falls in the drought-stricken states should be welcomed.

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The eminent geophysical climatologist and scientist, Al Gore, has simultaneously blamed the frigid, high-precipitation weather in the east, and the drought in the west, on . . . (are you ready for this?), "GLOBAL WARMING!"

Doubtless, he shall also credit global warming for any floods, mudslides, etc., occurring in California and the west at this time.

So, we better fill up our tanks with 15 % or more ethanol, or else . . . o.k., o.k., don't get me started!
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-01-2014, 02:02 PM
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I was out in the rain yesterday. No jacket or umbrella (I don't think I've ever used one of them). People actually acted afraid for me. Old lady, "It's raining!" Weird looks from people. I even said to a few people, it's just water. It's not even cold...

And we NEED the rain. We should be grateful. People are so narrow minded. The Central Valley ain't bitching about the rain.

CA is an odd place. I like it, but JESUS, you'd think everyone here was made of silk.




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post #5 of 9 Old 03-03-2014, 03:31 AM
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I got a call today from my friend in Colorado who said it was -6c
I told him a friend and I were working on his KLR outside, it was so cold he had to put jeans on today but was still in Tshirt and sandals. He called me an AHole and hung up...lol

Living on a boat and being a flight instructor I am sensitive to the weather as it affects my finances and makes my living situation....well um...interesting.

To sum it up, I've made good money this winter and, no, there really hasn't been any weather until this week.

Having said that, the low pressure system off the coast was of hurricane/typhoon like Low pressure system. When I went to the conversion chart for metric (Millibars) to standard (Inches of Mercury) I noticed is was off the low side of the scale...I think it dropped to 966mb at one point and the scale stops at 980mb....that's pretty F-ing LOW!

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It's -5 here this morning and we're getting wind chills of -15 to -20 today.

My usual comment is, "Americans are turning into a bunch of (you probably know how it ends)" but I will simply state here that Americans are getting soft and most of them act like going outside is some kind of major adventure where imminent death awaits.

From the time she started school at age six, my Mom walked three miles (I mapped and measured it) to school every day back in the early 1930's and at the end of the day she walked three miles back home. This wasn't in an urban area on city streets, mind you, half this route was through the middle of some hilly timber (in the dark on the way there) and half of it was down a set of railroad tracks out in the open. Her family didn't have any money so I can only imagine what kind of clothes and shoes she wore. They mapped out all the hay piles along the way and if they were really cold they would burrow into them to warm up.

If somebody made their kid do that today, they'd wind up in prison for child abuse. You know what, though? She seemed to have survived it and lived another 80 years.

Look at George Mallory. His body was found a few years ago just below the summit of Mount Everest and there's a lot of speculation that he actually made it to the top and fell on his way back down in 1924. He was wearing hobnailed boots, a tweed jacket and silk long underwear.

I've always made efforts, when advancing my theory of us deteriorating into a nation of soft candyasses, to respect those among us who habituate low-income/poverty situations but, let's face it, for the most part even they have access to clothing that far exceeds anything Mallory was wearing 200 feet below Everest's summit and unless they're homeless, reside in abodes far superior to what people have lived in for tens of thousands of years prior since our first ancestors decided to venture out of equatorial zones and inhabit the more Northern climes.

I even see it here in small-town America. When I was a kid, everybody walked to school. The furthest any kid in town would have to travel to reach the school is about half a mile. If your parents drove you to school, you were considered some kind of freak.

Now, due to "safety concerns," they've had to make certain streets one-way during school hours and set up a series of barrels and cones in the parking lot so parents' vehicles can only travel through it in one directions because of "congestion" before and after school.

Here's an idea: make your kids walk to school if they're physically able and keep all your cars out of the parking lot in the first place.

I find this even more amusing on mornings like this because school was actually cancelled here today due to the low temperatures and wind chills.

So, wind chills of -15 here today. So what? It's not like I have to go out and traipse through the woods to find animals to kill for sustenance and clothing. If this was a work day and I got there and found out I was assigned outside and had to stay out there for 8 hours, I would most likely survive such a "dangerous ordeal."

I think I need to go online and order a shirt that says "I Survived The 2013/2014 Polar Vortices."

A nation of candyasses, I tell you. I will continue to say it even though I am starting to sound eerily like my late grandparents. I guess they were right all along.



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never once have i regretted my move from northern minnesota to the far southern desert of new mexico.

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