Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-19-2016, 07:10 PM   #3721
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
saw this on facebook
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1517822_10153671858681002_1144380123036776187_n.jpg (34.6 KB, 26 views)
__________________

__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-19-2016, 08:20 PM   #3722
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,529
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walt34 View Post
Back in the '70's I remember hearing that at their police academy Alaska State Police recruits had a week or more of class time on auto maintenance and repair and carried a substantial amount of tools and spare parts. As you know, it is a survival issue in those conditions.
I was out yesterday night working in an unheated airplane hangar, it was about 5 deg F and I was the only soul on the airfield. I decided to pack up and realized that my small radiant heater had almost run out of propane. Well, the car was quite cold by then, cranked slowly, didn't start. Now I'm starting to get concerned. Decided to re-light the heater--nope, it was too cold now for my butane lighter to function. Fingers starting to ache and not work real well. Ruh - roh. I tried the car again and it started. Woo-hoo! My cell phone, my only way to get help, was also cold, I'm sure those batteries would also quit at some temp. It wouldn't have been life threatening: There was a heated storage room in an outbuilding I could have broken into, and I could have built a fire (or lit the heater) using the cigarette lighter in the car to start some paper aflame. But it reminded me to not take for granted that everything will work, to think things through . . . and have some old-fashioned matches on hand. Lots of ways to get in trouble in the cold when just one or two things go wrong--and 5 deg F is not >really< cold.
__________________

__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 08:55 PM   #3723
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
The British press was claiming that cell phone batteries could explode in extreme cold. They were calling -25 C extreme cold. I doubt that; most batteries will just cease functioning as it gets colder.

For anyone running Windows 10 there is an app that is remarkably accurate in their predictions of storm tracks. MeteoEarth is worth a look it shows a 7 day track of storms.
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 12:29 AM   #3724
Full time employment: Posting here.
Calico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 841
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nodak View Post
saw this on facebook
After seeing this pic, I'm going to stop complaining about the cats taking up half the bed - it could be worse! I wouldn't want to clean this guy's litter pan!
__________________
Calico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 04:56 AM   #3725
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 7,843
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
I could have built a fire (or lit the heater) using the cigarette lighter in the car to start some paper aflame.
Wow! There still are such things? I can't even remember the last time I saw one of those in a car. They've been just "power outlets" for so long, and even if you had one left over from the old days it wouldn't work in a modern car's outlet.
__________________
braumeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 07:22 AM   #3726
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,529
Quote:
Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
Wow! There still are such things? I can't even remember the last time I saw one of those in a car. They've been just "power outlets" for so long, and even if you had one left over from the old days it wouldn't work in a modern car's outlet.
"Modern car?" Ha!
Anyway, I had a whole hangar's worth of junk (120VAC, a fairly good battery, wire, steel wool, some diesel fuel)--I would have made a fire or blown myself up trying.
__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 07:49 AM   #3727
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jollystomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,161
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walt34 View Post
I noticed the store was more crowded than usual today so I'm glad I made the grocery run today. It'll be crazy by Thursday afternoon and a madhouse Friday morning.
I live within the storm path (MD) and went out yesterday to the stores - no real crowds and lots of stores have salt, shovels, snowblowers, etc. They haven't yet announced any snow totals beyond "potentially a foot or more". I think once they announce specific forecast totals (probably today) The Great Store Toilet Paper Rush will begin.

I was wondering if we would get through January without any snow accumulation. Guess not.
__________________
Current target FIRE date: July 2017 or Megacorp layoff, whichever comes first
jollystomper is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 08:00 AM   #3728
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
MeteoEarth shows the storm hitting New York City about noon on Saturday and lasting through most of Sunday.
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 08:02 AM   #3729
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
Wow! There still are such things? I can't even remember the last time I saw one of those in a car. They've been just "power outlets" for so long, and even if you had one left over from the old days it wouldn't work in a modern car's outlet.
Now the car manufacturers charge about $40 for the smokers package which puts a lighter in one of the power points and an ash tray in one of the cup holders
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 08:22 AM   #3730
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5,076
Quote:
Originally Posted by samclem View Post
I was out yesterday night working in an unheated airplane hangar, it was about 5 deg F and I was the only soul on the airfield. I decided to pack up and realized that my small radiant heater had almost run out of propane. Well, the car was quite cold by then, cranked slowly, didn't start. Now I'm starting to get concerned. Decided to re-light the heater--nope, it was too cold now for my butane lighter to function. Fingers starting to ache and not work real well. Ruh - roh. I tried the car again and it started. Woo-hoo! My cell phone, my only way to get help, was also cold, I'm sure those batteries would also quit at some temp. It wouldn't have been life threatening: There was a heated storage room in an outbuilding I could have broken into, and I could have built a fire (or lit the heater) using the cigarette lighter in the car to start some paper aflame. But it reminded me to not take for granted that everything will work, to think things through . . . and have some old-fashioned matches on hand. Lots of ways to get in trouble in the cold when just one or two things go wrong--and 5 deg F is not >really< cold.
My first job(early 70s) was with my brother, we had an old sawmill. All our equipment was 20-40 years old and not in prime condition.
We had nothing so if the saw wasn't turning we didn't eat. Many days we spent the 6+ hours getting all the equipment running in below 0 F weather. Next day start all over. I did learn a lot, mostly stuff no one in their right mind would ever do. Setting a fire under a gasoline engine was pretty stupid in retrospect.

Of course when you did get equipment running in severe cold funny things would happen. Cold steel can do odd things because of cold and stress.
__________________
MRG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 09:33 AM   #3731
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
38Chevy454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Tijeras (Albuquerque), NM
Posts: 1,453
Quote:
Originally Posted by jollystomper View Post
I live within the storm path (MD) and went out yesterday to the stores - no real crowds and lots of stores have salt, shovels, snowblowers, etc. They haven't yet announced any snow totals beyond "potentially a foot or more". I think once they announce specific forecast totals (probably today) The Great Store Toilet Paper Rush will begin.

I was wondering if we would get through January without any snow accumulation. Guess not.
Around here it is the "milk, eggs, bread and beer" stock up beofre the storm. Had about 2 ft in the area right after Christmas, 20 inches at my house, and it is still not melted off yet in the yard. This week has finally started the warm up and getting temps in the low 40's.
__________________
After Monday & Tuesday even the calendar says, W-T-F...

Semi-Retired 7/1/16: working part-time (60%) for now [4/24/16 changed to 80%]
38Chevy454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 10:12 AM   #3732
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 7,394
Quote:
Originally Posted by W2R View Post
OK, it's on live TV - - they just opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the first time since 2011. This is just upstream from New Orleans. It's so impressive to watch all that water being diverted away from the usual Mississippi River channel, through other routes to the Gulf of Mexico in order to lower the river height down here in New Orleans.

That will help but the big one is the Morganza Floodwy which is much more rarely opened; I suspect they will need to open it soon as well, given the flooding going on further north.
I don't remember when exactly but post 1979 I learned the hard way Bonnet Carre Spillway and Pirogue when I had to buy two to reach my front steps of the camp when my 400 foot driveway went under water from several weeks of open spillway.

Make groceries at Winn Dixie, hwy 90 was my neutral ground, untie the pirogue from the power pole and paddle to the 12 foot stairway to the front door.

Ah the memories.

I cross the Missouri a lot in my travels around here but old timers tell me high but not near like 93. The last really high water in Kansas City.

heh heh heh - Not that I'm gun shy but I deliberately picked a house on a hill post New Orleans and Katrina.
__________________
unclemick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 10:27 AM   #3733
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 37,711
UncleMick, I would buy on a hill too, if we had them here. Oh well, I'm at 2.9 feet below sea level so it could be worse. I'm not worried right now.

With the Bonnet Carre partly open they have kept the river level three inches below 17' which I believe is flood stage. Anyway, they do not expect any flooding here and eventually the river level will go down. No need for the Morganza. Technically we still have flood warnings but it just isn't going to happen.
__________________
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

― B. Lee








W2R is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #3734
Full time employment: Posting here.
Calico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 841
Quote:
Originally Posted by 38Chevy454 View Post
Around here it is the "milk, eggs, bread and beer" stock up beofre the storm. Had about 2 ft in the area right after Christmas, 20 inches at my house, and it is still not melted off yet in the yard. This week has finally started the warm up and getting temps in the low 40's.
Around here it seems to be:

1. Beer
2. Beer
3. Beer
4. Chips

Did I mention I live in a college town?
__________________
Calico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 02:50 PM   #3735
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Laurel, MD
Posts: 2,674
Quote:
Originally Posted by jollystomper View Post
I live within the storm path (MD) and went out yesterday to the stores - no real crowds and lots of stores have salt, shovels, snowblowers, etc. They haven't yet announced any snow totals beyond "potentially a foot or more". I think once they announce specific forecast totals (probably today) The Great Store Toilet Paper Rush will begin.

I was wondering if we would get through January without any snow accumulation. Guess not.
I made my run today and it was the same...no crowds but the grocery store had their supply of snow stuff up by the entrance. When I got home the afternoon news was playing scenes of havoc at the hardware store right up the road from me.

Do people realize you can save snow shovels from year to year? Around here they always run out when we get a major storm. "Snow Melt".....people think they can't survive without it. I never use it.
Oh, crap...forgot to stock up on beer. Now there's an emergency. Tomorrow I will make sure the snowblower is ready.
__________________
...with no reasonable expectation for ER, I'm just here auditing the AP class.Retired 8/1/15.
jazz4cash is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 02:54 PM   #3736
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 15,803
Quote:
Originally Posted by jazz4cash View Post
Oh, crap...forgot to stock up on beer. Now there's an emergency.
Ha, gotcha. I did remember to buy extra wine. Same here tomorrow with the snow thrower, bring it up from the shed to the garage. One year I panicked - 2 feet of snow and it wouldn't start, even with the plug-in electric starter. Then I found it helps if I turn the fuel valve on.
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 03:27 PM   #3737
Recycles dryer sheets
pullmyfinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Redmond
Posts: 248
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nodak View Post
I was shocked a while back when this was used on the weather channel'
Welcome to Cavalier
That looks like a really cute town! I especially like the cinema which is cash only. When I was a kid we used to drive out to Jamestown to visit family (a different part of the state I know) and as an adult I am nostalgic for small towns in the midwest. Maybe they are not as charming as I imagine, but one of these days I will do a road trip.
__________________
Retired in 2014 at 45.
pullmyfinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 03:43 PM   #3738
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by pullmyfinger View Post
That looks like a really cute town! I especially like the cinema which is cash only. When I was a kid we used to drive out to Jamestown to visit family (a different part of the state I know) and as an adult I am nostalgic for small towns in the midwest. Maybe they are not as charming as I imagine, but one of these days I will do a road trip.
I think the cost to get into the movie is $6.00; I worked for them from the age of 12 to 18 and now have a lifetime pass. The last time I paid for a movie there it was 25 cents.
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 03:47 PM   #3739
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,310
Here is more advice
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 10500582_10152994571717962_5289523289199198960_n.jpg (59.7 KB, 15 views)
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2016, 02:46 AM   #3740
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,423
Quote:
Originally Posted by jazz4cash View Post
I made my run today and it was the same...no crowds but the grocery store had their supply of snow stuff up by the entrance. When I got home the afternoon news was playing scenes of havoc at the hardware store right up the road from me.

Do people realize you can save snow shovels from year to year? Around here they always run out when we get a major storm. "Snow Melt".....people think they can't survive without it. I never use it.
Oh, crap...forgot to stock up on beer. Now there's an emergency. Tomorrow I will make sure the snowblower is ready.

Last year our snow blower failed. This year it's fixed and ready to go.

Around here, everyone makes French toast when it snows-they buy milk, bread and eggs. One of the local TV weather guys rates each storm by recommending which ingredients to buy--usually he just recommends bread.

In 2003 we got 2 feet overnight. It took us until 1PM to find the driveway. We were out and about by evening.


Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
__________________

__________________
EastWest Gal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Awful Movies Moemg Other topics 76 02-18-2008 04:10 PM
Where do you get your weather? mickeyd Other topics 27 07-03-2007 05:57 AM
Weather Helen Other topics 51 02-09-2007 09:14 AM
All Weather Portfolio MasterBlaster FIRE and Money 20 10-12-2006 07:54 PM
The Weather Danny Other topics 0 03-16-2006 10:23 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:57 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.