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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:10 PM

just checking in, posting about the weather.. UPDATED w/pic

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It's getting pretty windy out there, very strong gusts. The snow is coming down faster than I can keep up with on the deck.

Tomorrow's gonna be a big snow clean up day. I don't know how much we will end up with, but even if it stopped right now, it would be more than enough!

Hopefully, I won't lose electricity! But it's getting late enough that even if it did go out tonight, I could sleep through it, mostly....

Hope all of you in the grip of this storm are doing well, and that you had plenty of time to prepare.

I'll check in when I can!

This is the back deck that goes off the second story. Sorry I can't get the pic bigger. I've tried!

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boston bean Feb 2013 OP
DURHAM D Feb 2013 #1
boston bean Feb 2013 #27
virgogal Feb 2013 #2
boston bean Feb 2013 #28
BainsBane Feb 2013 #3
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #6
BainsBane Feb 2013 #8
DURHAM D Feb 2013 #7
BainsBane Feb 2013 #9
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #10
BainsBane Feb 2013 #11
seabeyond Feb 2013 #19
BainsBane Feb 2013 #22
seabeyond Feb 2013 #23
BainsBane Feb 2013 #24
seabeyond Feb 2013 #25
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #53
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #4
boston bean Feb 2013 #29
discntnt_irny_srcsm Feb 2013 #42
JTFrog Feb 2013 #5
boston bean Feb 2013 #30
BainsBane Feb 2013 #12
boston bean Feb 2013 #31
BainsBane Feb 2013 #40
boston bean Feb 2013 #43
BainsBane Feb 2013 #54
seabeyond Feb 2013 #44
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #49
seabeyond Feb 2013 #51
BainsBane Feb 2013 #58
seabeyond Feb 2013 #60
BainsBane Feb 2013 #57
seabeyond Feb 2013 #59
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #13
seabeyond Feb 2013 #20
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #26
seabeyond Feb 2013 #45
boston bean Feb 2013 #32
cyberswede Feb 2013 #14
boston bean Feb 2013 #33
DURHAM D Feb 2013 #15
boston bean Feb 2013 #34
MadrasT Feb 2013 #16
boston bean Feb 2013 #35
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #17
boston bean Feb 2013 #36
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #39
seabeyond Feb 2013 #46
seabeyond Feb 2013 #18
boston bean Feb 2013 #37
seabeyond Feb 2013 #47
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #21
boston bean Feb 2013 #38
sufrommich Feb 2013 #41
boston bean Feb 2013 #48
boston bean Feb 2013 #50
seabeyond Feb 2013 #52
boston bean Feb 2013 #55
seabeyond Feb 2013 #56
sufrommich Feb 2013 #63
CrispyQ Feb 2013 #61
seabeyond Feb 2013 #62
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #64

Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:17 PM

1. Good luck - hope you don't lose power.

I see where parts of Long Island are getting 3'' of snow per hour. That seems like a lot.

Were you in Boston in '78?

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:37 AM

27. Still have power!

Lots of snow out there!

and YES I was here for the Blizzard of 78. That was something! I'll never ever forget it!

I could walk up the snow drifts to the roof of the house. I could step over 6 foot fences!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:17 PM

2. Just west of Boston. Brutal out there.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:38 AM

28. I'm in So. Norfolk County. Still is brutal out there at 5:37 am!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:24 PM

3. I haven't watched the news on this much

But as a MN resident I find myself scratching my head over a blizzard. We get them all the time, and nobody gets hurt. We'll get 18 or more inches of snow in a day. I've never heard of electricity going out in a blizzard. Could you explain to me what I'm not understanding?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:45 PM

6. It's much warmer in Boston...

So we tend to get wet, heavy snow, which takes out branches, which take out power lines.

It's freakin' COLD in MN!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:50 PM

8. We also are prepared for harsh winters

So even when we have wet heavy snow--which we do--they don't take out power lines.
Stay safe, please. Don't go outside. Wait for the blizzard to pass. Bundle up and read a book or watch a movie.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:49 PM

7. Where I live we lose power during snow and ice storms

because we have too many tall trees and they are adjacent to overhead lines. When the branches get too much weight on them they fall off. This can then cause the tree to be out of balance and the whole tree falls over. When that happens they fall onto other trees knocking them down. All of this can end up falling onto and pulling down power lines. Some parts of the country bury as much of their city grid as possible but where I live was densely settled long before anyone was thinking about protecting the lines.

I am on the edge of a city with about 230K occupants. A few years ago I was standing outside after it had quit snowing and watched as five transformers blew up. It was some distance from me but in the quiet of the night I could hear the explosion and watch as it lit up the sky like fireworks in a semi-circle pattern around me. I think the multiple transformer thing was the result of one part of the grid going down and switching to and overloading another part of the grid and it causes a chain reaction.

It is hard for friends and family who live in the southwest and lower midwest to understand the problem because they just don't have that many trees.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:53 PM

9. we have lots of trees

I'm not sure what the difference is. Perhaps its because they insist on keeping them trimmed back from power lines, or perhaps the lines are more durable. We don't even lose cable in blizzards. When I was in FL we lost cable in any heavy rain. Mn must have more rigorous infrastructure standards (collapsing bridges aside).

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:02 PM

11. quite obviously I don't understand

Since I live in an area with lots of snow and ice and we don't lose power, as I explained. I'm not being an ass. I'm trying to figure out what accounts for the difference in MN vs. the east coast on these matters.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:09 PM

19. we had a huge ice storm one year that took out everyones power. took days,

more for some than others, to get power back.

we have done fine with the few huge dumps. 2001, 20". LUV it.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:16 AM

22. they are talking about hurricane force winds!

We definitely never have that.

Where do you live?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:18 AM

23. amarillo texas. we get some pretty strong winds. depends what hurricane is at. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:22 AM

24. No kidding?

I went to grad school at UT-Austin and interviewed for a job at WTAM.
Did you grow up there?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:24 AM

25. wow. huh. how about that. wt is just down the street. k. 17 miles down the street, lol.

no. i am a calif. got stuck in texas. married a texan. he SWEARS we are gonna relocate when my youngest finishes high school.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:50 AM

53. The weight of the snow combined with high winds cause branches and whole trees to fall on power line

I live in PA and we frequently lose power in winter snow and ice storms. They are worse than summer since you also lose heat.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:31 PM

4. Good luck

Be careful and stay safe.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:39 AM

29. Still got the power! That's a good thing!

I am knocking on wood as I'm typing this!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:09 AM

42. A very good thing

We lost power for 4 days here with Sandy. We hated that.

Be careful getting around both walking and driving. Ice is not your friend.
Hang tough!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:41 PM

5. Stay warm.

And stay safe!

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Response to JTFrog (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:39 AM

30. Thanks JT!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:03 PM

12. Keep yourself safe

Stay indoors, curl up with some hot cocoa and a good book or a movie.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:40 AM

31. I just ended up going to bed.

Not much else to do. I was exhausted from shoveling the deck, over and over and over.

Now, when I wake up, it's so high, I could barely push the storm door open.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:25 AM

40. shoveling is a drag

I can't handle it because of my back. I heard you all had hurricane force winds! I'm glad you didn't lose electricity. As long as everyone is safe and warm, snow days can actually be kind of fun. Of course it's better during the week when you get a day off work.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #40)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:39 AM

43. I just finished the deck!

more than 2 feet, but less than three.

I need to rest now!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #43)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:43 PM

54. the whole deck?

Or just a pathway out of the house? We don't do decks. Those are for good weather only. We shovel sidewalks and stairs. If people have driveways, they generally need to get those plowed or have their own plow or snow blower.

So I hope you're not killing yourself trying to shoveling everything. The idea is to get an exit out of the house and clearly public walkways.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:08 AM

44. see, i do not get the whole shoveling thing. nature takes care of it....

eventually.

hubby is always out there doing it. and now that kids are older, they are. meh.... the sun will come out tomorrow... betcha bottom dollar, that tomorrow, come what may, lol lol

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #44)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:40 AM

49. Heavy snow can collapse roofs and decks... I remember staying at a ski resort condo with 8 others...

Several years ago and having to take turns climbing on the roof to push as much snow as possible off to avoid the roof collapsing or being damaged. We were snowed in for days with > 6 foot drifts, (but came prepared with lots of food and alcohol)--LOL. That was my own version of the "Big Chill"....

But, I'll never forget how cold and wet it was up on the roof trying to keep up.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #49)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:44 AM

51. we have one of the spanish tile roofs with grooves. i have a BLAST mesmerized watching the snow

inch its way down waiting for it to crash. lol. no kidding. looking at the window, seeing it move, i will sit there just waiting for the crash. odd, ya.

silverton. when we were in silverton and the severely angled roofs... so there is not as much build up. but, collapse roof was a concern. had a conversation about that with someone who lives there.

that trip of yours sounds like a blast.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #51)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:31 PM

58. I know those Texas "snowstorms"

the snow melts after a day. But in the meantime everyone manages to crash into each other on the roads. We're talking about 2 and 3 foot high snowfalls in the NE and midwest.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #58)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:51 PM

60. the snow melts after a day... yes, lol, this. makes it kinda fun.

a dump and then the next day the roads are good to go.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #44)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:29 PM

57. it's a safety issue

and required by city ordinance. People can't walk on the sidewalk if it's not shoveled, and you can't even get out of the house. Believe me, there is nothing worse than when people don't shovel public walkways. It's part of being a respectable member of a community, especially in the city where there are a lot of pedestrians.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #57)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:32 PM

59. ok. now you got me. i will take the risk with my roof and deck, but other peoples arses....

well, ok. i have been known to take care of what is needed on our steps and where the postal person is walking.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:08 PM

13. Looks like Boston is on target for a record... Coming down this fast, I do hope the electrical lines

hold up ..... Stay warm. It may well be a "three dog night" (or more).... Kitties will also do...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:10 PM

20. have you even gotten any snow this year? we have had so little.

you are suppose to send it down to me.

only a couple storms and a couple inches.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 04:40 AM

26. We had a few storms before and just after Christmas and very small ones since...

No really big ones, except for the mountains though. There is a major one coming in from the Pacific that may have "upslope" potential (the kind that tend to dump more snow along the front range, rather than just the mountains... That one is due late tonight and into Sunday. (I'm betting, though we won't see more than 4-5 inches)

But no really big "dumper" type snowstorms, no. There is always, March though, when Denver and areas north can see heavy spring snow Unfortunately the kind that breaks off tree limbs...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:10 AM

45. ya. we have had 4 or 5 yrs of not much. getting old. but, getting them in march and knocking off

the bloom, lol.

my bulbs are coming up. lol. i just saw this morning.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:40 AM

32. Thanks H!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:15 PM

14. Take care & keep warm!

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:41 AM

33. Will do, thanks CS!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:17 PM

15. I just watched on MSNBC a report from Logan.

They said you are getting 2" an hour and the winds are picking up. 30K without electricity already.

I have gone without electricity several times. Twice for 5 days,. The one thing I always notice is how beautifully quiet it is. I hope you don't get The Quiet.



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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:41 AM

34. I just woke up so I haven't seen the news.

But my own little weather report, by looking out the window, tells me it aint over! LOL

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:35 PM

16. Take care bean

Down here Philly way we are not getting it too bad and I am grateful

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:42 AM

35. Thanks Madras! Luck you!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:53 PM

17. Take care Bean san!

Keep warm. I have my hot pot going with oolong tea brewing!



Best investment I have ever made, in regards to having tea!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:43 AM

36. Thanks Kimi! Tea sounds good, I drink it once in a while!

I'm a coffee gal, and love my keurig!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #36)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:45 AM

39. If you would ever like to try some great Asia tea...

May I reccomend:

1. Pu Erh tea.
2. Oolong Tea
3. Green Tea

All are lovely and warm you up on a cold day. I love my hot pot, been drinking tea for a few hours now!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #39)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:13 AM

46. my oldest has gotten into tea. i think he really like earl gray which seems to be the staid, boring

one, but i know he likes green tea also.

i will let him see your list. he has been working at a coffee house for a year. first into coffee, but recently has switched to tea.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:07 PM

18. lucky, lucky you.... i have been waiting for our big snow since august. lol. i love a good snow.

we have had only a couple little ones.

(of course i want everyone safe and all warm and cozy in their homes)

let it snow, let it snow.... let it snow.



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Response to seabeyond (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:43 AM

37. Thanks Sea! I say a little prayer to send some your way!

Would be nothing, to do that for you! LOL

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Response to boston bean (Reply #37)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:14 AM

47. thank you. between your pray that will mean everything, and gvp blowing the storm

back my way when you all are dont with it...

i am sure it will just be a matter of time, lol

not today. today is suppose to hit 68.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:18 PM

21. Stay warm!

Stay safe

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:44 AM

38. Thank you ism!

gonna go make my first cup o brew and warm up a bit!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:04 AM

41. Hope all is well,Bean. I'd love to see what it

looks like out your window,though. Even in southeast Michigan,I've never seen 2 feet of snow come down all at once!

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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:44 AM

50. i posted a pic in the OP. Just for you!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #50)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:47 AM

52. i showed hubby. he said, tell her she needs to shovel the deck so it does not collapse. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #52)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:53 PM

55. That is what I spent all morning doing, seabeyond! LOL

That picture only shows a small portion of it. my back was breaking.

That is why you need to shovel!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #55)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:25 PM

56. you have EARNED a nice hot bath and no more work for the rest of the weekend.

i am too old for that. lol

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Response to boston bean (Reply #50)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:57 AM

63. Thanks, I love storm pics. Let the digging

Commence!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 02:00 PM

61. Sitting here in dry, dry Colorado wishing for moisture!

Looks like we'll get a little bit tonight & tomorrow, but we haven't had much in snow this season. I used to curse our corner lot, but over the years I've come to enjoy shoveling snow. There is something therapeutic about it - the exercise, the accomplishment. Also, knowing I made a nice wide path for my neighbors to walk on. I live on a busy street that connects to the bus, shopping, a park & recreational area.

Stay warm & crossing my fingers for continued power for you!

This was taken back in '05 in Denver after several dumps of snow in a row.



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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #61)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 02:08 PM

62. that is fun. what a hoot. i want to do that, lol. k, with kids, in my neighborhood,

being the responsible adult, i couldnt get away with that. but, you all are actually turning me on to shovelin'. lol. it has been dry.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #61)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:11 PM

64. Omg

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I love that!!!

We up here in Seattle are notorious snow whiners.

Edit to say, I notice it says 'winters' but I stand by my statement.

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