Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Snow day! or (who needs a F#$%*&^ snowblower?)

Well, quite honestly all the folks that live just north of me. We got slammed with lake effect snow last night. They shut our plant down after day shift last night and a few hours later we got the call that there would be no work today. In the northern part of the county there are reports of 20" of snow. We only got about 4". My driveway had some pretty hefty drifts but because it is only 1° outside the snow is super light. It only took me about an hour to shovel the driveway. Yeah, shovel. I don't have a power tool for snow removal. I can use the exercise anyway.
For those of you not familiar with the lake effect phenomena it an awesome event. It's great if you are at a ski lodge when it hits. I've experienced that and you couldn't ask for a better time. Wears your ass out big time. I digress. When a mass of cold air moves over a body of warm water it creates a shitload of snow. It started snowing about 1:00 yesterday afternoon and at 3:00 there was 4" of snow in our parking lot at work. My poor little 2WD truck barely made it out of my parking space. We had about 50yds. visibility on the way home but I heard on the news of zero visibility and total white out conditions. Of course if you live in Buffalo you think I'm a sissy as this happens all the time there. For shoveling under sunny skies with light powdery snow I recommend Abbey Road for the iPod.
I have been getting into preparedness lately. We had some minor emergency supplies at the old house but now we are bit more "in the sticks" so it is a lot more important to be prepared. Goes right along with being Self-Reliant. I'm not a wacko survivalist or even a level-headed survivalist for that matter but if my family gets snowed in or there is a tornado or God forbid some sort of attack I want to make sure they are able to have all the important stuff. You know food, shelter, a place to poop, etc... If you are not prepared get started today. You don't have to spend much money just get a few extra items when you go to the grocery or Menard's. Check out some websites like for a good start. You can't go wrong with the American Red Cross. My local insurance agency gave out some really good emergency preparedness books a while back. Or if your a bit nuts like me cruise on over and check out the Zombie Squad. They tend to be a bit gear oriented and a bit more irreverent than some folks are used to but TONS of good info. Then when your up to it you can convert your supplies into a Bug-out bag or whatever suits your particular needs. Don't forget it's not about gear but being prepared. That's the hardest thing for me, as I've been a military surplus addict since I was a kid. You owe it to yourself and family to be prepared in the event of an emergency. You'll also be ready to rock when it comes time to go camping. See, a justification for all that gear. Or perhaps a rationalization...
Rock on, fellow shovelers.


Grumpyunk said...

Yep, it's good to be prepared. I had the generator out and running last week just in case. We got lucky, and those poor bastards down in Kentucky are still without power.

4" of snow, followed by an inch or so of ice and then 7-8" of more snow. Beats the 3-4 inches of ice South of us.

Shoveled my poor ass damn near to a nubbin.

Der_General said...

Not much shoveling here - with the last storm we got 4" of ice, then a few inches of snow, which promptly melted and re-froze into another 2" or ice. I actually had to get out my jumbo pry bar and get under the ice to chip out a path across the patio to the cars.

+1 on the preparedness - I took the storm as an opportunity to build new Get Home Bags for the cars, and she's been rearranging and restocking the pantry all week...