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05:37 pm: Code Red Snow Emergency 2
I got another recorded message today giving the emergency warning, plus telling the people who have their trash and recycling taken by the city where and when they should put it.

That's because the snowstorm starting tomorrow is expected to be up to 12" by the end of Wednesday. The plow, front loader, dump truck, and shovelers came through today, which is good for most folks, but I'll just wait until they clear this next storm. I am a little worried that the library will be mad at me because I have two books I'm supposed to pick up by Wednesday; then again, the library (the entire county government) isn't open today for me to talk to anyone.

That giant front loader yesterday? Wasn't for us. It was to get the big ambulance out. I wonder if the city said anything to management and that's why we had the place cleared today.

No newspaper today and the newsagent hasn't answered my emails. I suppose he may live where there's no electricity -- about 28K are still out. My smoke alarm started the "give me power" beeping and fortunately, Luke's daughter was visiting him and she kindly came down and swapped the batteries.

This article is about how some credit unions are encouraging people to save by giving them a "ticket" for every $25 they put in savings, and one ticket gets picked a year later for $100,000. Did you know the average amount per person per year that's spent on lotteries is $500? Some one is spending all my share. My credit union does it a bit differently -- every now and then, they give us a winning option each time we use the online banking.

Spirit has continued with the yelling and use of the litterbox once I put it up on the shelf of the end table. The triangular litterbox is due tomorrow; I sure hope that works.

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From:dd_b
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I feel like I buy far too many lottery tickets, but I'm nowhere near my fair share apparently. Lately I doubt I average one a month, though I've bought two in the last month. I call it "paying my stupidity tax" or "buying bitching rights".

You're getting rather a lot of snow out there.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, depending on how much snow comes at National Airport (DC's official snow measuring place, which is lower than everybody else's probably because of the water) we might get the highest amount of snow in the winter since records have been kept (early 1850s).
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From:dd_b
Date:February 8th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
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We've declared a snow emergency here, but it's only going to be about 8 inches I think. It's been snowing all day, and apparently will continue all night too.

Times like this I wonder if getting the stored stuff out of the garage might be worth it. However, that means MORE shoveling before I can go, and makes me dependent on when they plow the alley (whereas the street out front is a snow emergency route, in the first round of clearing; alleys rate very highly too, though, because they want people to use their garages back there).
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 8th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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You guys normally get a lot more snow than we do, so you're probably more prepared than we are.
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From:dd_b
Date:February 9th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes, I think we are. We rarely get as much at once as you recently got pretty much at once, though; that's a big deal even here.

I'm sure we own a lot more plows and such, at the airport as well as in the city and for the state roads and all.

Also, we really don't have the option of just waiting for it to melt.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
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You probably have more melt-stuff and traction-stuff, too. All of the local jurisdictions have blown their snow budgets. We're going to stay cold for a while so it's not going to melt as soon as we'd like.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 8th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
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That is some serious snow. Hope you're safe and warm.
I wouldn't worry too much about the library. If they're closed, they are bound to extend the time you have to pick up books.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 8th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh, sure, our power comes underground so we almost never lose power. (Hmmm, the news says the roof of a fire department collapsed last night.) I just want to make sure the library will let me get other books, too.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:February 9th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
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My goodness, that's a lot of snow.

I feel silly buying lottery tickets, but I've probably still bought about 5 (for $5 total) in my lifetime. There's someone out there buying $1000 a year or more in tickets!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
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It really is putting the burden of lottery tickets on fewer people, isn't it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 9th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that would be neat!
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