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Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Thu, 4th Feb '10 10:11 PM


Lest you think we are talking about politics, let me be clear. Our pool is that we get between 18 and 42 inches of snow. The winner gets a drink from each of the twelve losers (and a ride home). However, while everyone is worrying about earthquakes, this much snow in Washington D.C. can mean folks looking for fall out shelters and the POTUS declaring a National Emergency. We were advised to have five days of food and to stay home. So that you know, there is no toilet paper on the shelves.

If you are in Buffalo or Maine or most of the world, you should be laughing at the Washington wimps. However, remember, we spent our budget for snow removal in early December, the homeland security staff lives where we have no more snow removal budget and just one inch of snow usually shuts down the beltway and everyone outside it. The MD and VA senators are looking for a bill to earmark for snow plows, sand and salt.

So, I am offering this advice. Go to your TV on Saturday and watch if we have to get out the national guard to get the pols that run this country shoveled out so they can get to their Super Bowl parties on Sunday. As for me, I have beer and sploofus.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 6:15 AM

Too true! You guys have been socked more than usual this year haven't you? Blizzard conditions are up now. That strikes fear in men's hearts! I live in the southernmost edge of the northern part of the blizzard warning. We'll be feeling the effects of this as well. Good choice on stock up items by the way...

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 7:21 AM

Snowless Surrey (wot!) has just emerged from its recent freeze-up. We've had a few days above freezing. Now there's another big 'un due next week!
As in that famed Victorian headline ... the Channel Tunnel could be frozen shut again and the Continent isolated!
More important, there's a hill between me and my pub which always gets clobbered with ice and drifts.
Allena might have his iced fizzy water bottled beer but I need my draught warm flat stuff for survival!
Ardbeg and Laphroaig to the rescue!

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 8:36 AM

Surreyman, sorry about all your cold/snow, but surely Talisker is a better choice, as it has the peat built right in! Maybe the storm'll miss ya, Ann

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 8:58 AM

My daughter lives in DC now, and she says, exactly what you did, about the snow removal. Actually her DC friends where quick to point out that until she moved there, they had "normal" winters!

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 9:11 AM

Mickeym: If you like the peat, then taste Laphroaig - the most OTT peat malt ever!
PS: An Islay drinker wouldn't care to mention a mere Skye malt!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 9:23 AM

Wimps and amateurs. So far this year in Erie we have only had 5 feet of snow, so it's a mild winter - last January we had measurable snowfall every single day and by Feb. 1 already had 10 feet total - we ended up just shy of 13 feet for the year, missing the record by 3 inches - how many days did they cancel school? (None) And we never ran out of toilet paper.
What is really cool here is they run the plows four at a time in a row, staggered fashion, so that the main roads are completely cleared instantly if more than a few inches falls. They also run odd/even parking bans from Nov 1 to March 31 so that they can clear all the way to the sidewalk.
What is not cool about the weather here? There is no such thing as spring - chilly and damp April and May then all of a sudden the sun comes out and it's summer.

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 11:46 AM

Yeh, I'm a wimp.
Around 1980 we hade to drive (snow was too bad for flying) from NY airport to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
It was a 6-lane motorway I think (when the UK's motorways were 3 lane max), a total snow-covered ice rink ll the way, and the locals were still trying to do 150 mph! Cars were spinning around all over the place around us. Suicidal! Never again!

Bokeelia  (Level: 197.4 - Posts: 114)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 12:50 PM

Who cares about the toilet paper as long as there is enough single malt?

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 1:19 PM

Surreyman, Oh, and when you finally got there you were in......Scranton! Yikes. Coal anyone?

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 3:27 PM

Oh, sorry, I thought Obama had given another speech.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 7:48 PM

Ardbeg and Laphroaig in my bin as well. I knew someone had five feet and no complaints ... thanks Slicko. I think the prediction was correct. the governor of Virginia as declared an emergency (already) and everything with doors has closed, including schools, trains and busses. the roads are deemed impassable and snow emergency (that means you can be fined $500 for stopping to ask for directions) rules are in effect. Everything you read in Brave New World or "1984" is true.

Now, about the lack of snow in Surrey. If the Welsh are not good, we will shut off the Gulf Stream. Let the ice age begin. I suspect it is a lot easier to get TO the pub across that ice patch, then HOME again.

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 9:02 PM

Do we actually have a pool going?

I say ... 21.5 inches!

We had 60 degrees and sunshine in Portland, Oregon. Nobody knows how it happened, but I'm not asking any questions.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 11:04 PM

I say 35.5 inches as measured at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). We have three airports, more or less so you have to skip Dulles and BWI (Baltimore) and a host of private places, though this snow will not skip them.

Just to be clear, if a new storm hits aftgerwards, it does not add in. We are dealing with the last snow flake whenever, and what National reports. 2500 Allena points in the offing. NEVER, have that many been awarded in one fell swoop.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 11:13 PM

My flight is supposed to take off at 11.30 AM from JFK; hope the snow has not reached it by then!

My colleague was supposed to leave a day early to avoid it --from Washington; if he did not make it we will be in deep doo-doo!

Kaufman  (Level: 270.2 - Posts: 3942)
Fri, 5th Feb '10 11:48 PM

Coming toward midnight, maybe a foot has fallen. We finished shoveling a bunch an hour ago, and they say the worst is to come over the wee hours ...

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 1:02 AM

Six years ago, we had our first-ever white Christmas in New Orleans. Half an inch fell. The local weather service came on the air and said, " if you go out on the road today, you're taking your life in your hands." Hopefully, Washington is coping better than we did. We don't even have a plow to lend to you.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 4:14 AM

So Washington is going to close down and the politicans have to stay at home and not make fools of themselves..... I fail to see the problem

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 4:40 AM

Snow has its points.
When the first lot hit us so unexpectedly a month back, it was while we were in one village pub, so we decided we were marooned until chucking-out time. Come that hour, we miraculously discovered an escape tunnel over the road to another pub with later closing hours.
By then it HAD got bad, so the pub decided it needed to keep its refugee centre open, with spirits available for medicinal reasons.
Come mumble a.m. we'd been fortified enough to get up the hill, then sliding down the long stretch home on our backsides was easy!
Wales? The mountains are too steep anyway. They just have to sing in chapel instead.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.2 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 7:26 AM

Day is breaking. We still have our power. We still have our trees (best as I can see; the white-clad branches block what's behind them). Only 5-10 more inches before this pulls away and we're clear. Whee!

On the minus side, one bad shoulder. I don't want to shovel more.

Kimoira  (Level: 215.4 - Posts: 1203)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 8:43 AM

I won't laugh at the snow misfortunes of another (snicker snicker). I was surprised that a state of emergency was declared in a couple of states before any snow hit the ground

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 9:15 AM

You are catching it in DC aren't you - we're getting live TV in the UK now.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 10:13 AM

Tahnks fer da avice Surreyman. VE kept the Allenz PUB ope all te nite and the naybors taught it grate. We had mani a colourfull experence until Patti cided to tempt da BLIZZRAD. To say shde was blown away is an understatem ent. Dz searc h paaaarty is still paaaaaaartyin'. Tanks fer de iddee. I tink I will go right a quiz.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 2:46 PM

Here in Philadelphia we ended up with about 19". I think that was last count. The drifting outside my front door is much deeper than that though. Snowed in.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 6:08 PM

It appears it has stopped. The largest number I can hear on the tv is 30 inches just north of Baltimore in Elkridge, MD. We got 25" so we should be all right in a couple of weeks. I have a super bowl party tomorrow and I refuse to walk. Lots of folk do not have power. Trees have fallen on lines and there is a full force warning not to drive so that the plows will have clear sailing. many restaurants are offering free food to street crews.

Just so you know, I am still well stocked even though the neighbors are planning another raid tonight. Fear not Surreyman, I did not let them drain the Ardbeg.

There is another storm coming and places to store the snow are limited. Could someone get Al Gore to exhale some CO2?

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 6th Feb '10 10:12 PM

Allena, what no horse-drawn sleigh? We just aren't equipt anymore for fun in the snow! Ann from Schenectady (where we know snow)

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sun, 7th Feb '10 5:51 AM

Good thinking, Allena. Give 'em your rubbish beer.
I'll send over some good stuff for you. Can the post reach above the snow - which floor are you on?

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 7th Feb '10 8:55 AM

Oh oh Surreyman, there's no post....postal service was suspended!

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sun, 7th Feb '10 9:54 AM

That'll save me some cash!

Never mind, Allena - if you had gone to Machu Picchu you'd have been marooned there too!

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Mon, 8th Feb '10 8:04 AM

More snow coming, not just from Capitol Hill, so we have stocked up. Got the post Surreyman and will let the Black Mountain Llangadog Bragawd reach room temperature. Also well stocked with Wychwood, Goliath English Ale 660 and some Wells Bombardier Premium Ale. Gonna has a bloody good time.

I think if I had a quiz on English beer bits, Surreyman would be the only one to get 100%

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Tue, 9th Feb '10 6:21 AM

Bombardier & Goliath? You're learning!
But still bottled ...................
We get Bombardier on draught in the pub. If you like that, try Spitfire too.
If I could even find 10 questions on Welsh whisky I think Allena would be the only one to get 100%!

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Tue, 9th Feb '10 10:15 AM

Another 24" expected. The government has been closed since Monday.
That is a good thing. If we had known that was all it took, we would have been bringing snow makers since 1963.

Since we will be stuck inside for some time, I might as well write a Scotch quiz ... Maybe we can learn if Surreyman is not just a beer expert.

A blizzard is too windy for a dove or a lark.
Snow, snow everywhere, no place to park.
So down to the local pub one goes
Where everyone, your name knows.
The closed light comes on we dread
And then when the cops go to bed
Back on comes the beer tap light
And everyone dances, all the night.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Tue, 9th Feb '10 12:34 PM

Yeah its finished. Maybe it will pass my editor before the snow finishes. Here's an old bit to tide us over.

Well, a Scotsman clad in kilt left the bar one evening fair
And one could tell by how he walked that he'd drunk more than his share
He fumbled 'round until he could no longer keep his feet
And he stumbled off into the grass to sleep beside the street.

About that time two young and lovely girls just happened by
One says to the other with a twinkle in her eye
See yon sleeping Scotsman so strong and handsome built
I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt?

They crept up on that sleeping Scotsman quiet as could be
Lifted up his kilt about an inch so they could see
And there behold for them to view beneath his Scottish skirt
Was nothing more than God had graced him with upon his birth!

They marveled for a moment then one said we must be gone
Let's leave a present for our friend before we move along
As a gift they left a blue silk ribbon tied into a bow
Around the bonnie star the Scots kilt did lift and show.

Now the Scotsman woke to nature's call and stumbled towards the trees
Behind the bush he lifts his kilt and gawks at what he sees
And in a startled voice he says to what's before his eyes
Oh, lad I don't know where you've been but I see you won first prize!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Tue, 9th Feb '10 6:11 PM

Too bad you couldn't post the song with this, Jim. Ha ha ha

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 4:41 AM

By the incomparable (literally!) McGonagall:

My parents were sober living, and often did pray
For their family to abstain from intoxicating drink alway;
Because they knew it would lead them astray
Which no God fearing man will dare to gainsay.

Some people do say that God made strong drink,
But he is not so cruel I think;
To lay a stumbling block in his children's way,
And then punish them for going astray.

No! God has more love for his children, than mere man.
To make strong drink their souls to damn;
His love is more boundless than mere man's by far,
And to say not it would be an unequal par.

A man that truly loves his family wont allow them to drink,
Because he knows seldom about God they will think,
Besides he knows it will destroy their intellect,
And cause them to hold their parents in disrespect.

Strong drink makes the people commit all sorts of evil,
And must have been made by the Devil
For to make them quarrel, murder, steal, and fight,
And prevent them from doing what is right.

The Devil delights in leading the people astray,
So that he may fill his kingdom with them without delay;
It is the greatest pleasure he can really find,
To be the enemy of all mankind.

The Devil delights in breeding family strife,
Especially betwixt man and wife;
And if the husband comes home drunk at night,
He laughs and crys, ha! ha! what a beautiful sight.

And if the husband asks his supper when he comes in,
The poor wife must instantly find it for him;
And if she cannot find it, he will curse and frown,
And very likely knock his loving wife down.

Then the children will scream aloud,
And the Devil no doubt will feel very proud,
If he can get the children to leave their own fireside,
And to tell their drunken father, they won't with him reside.

Strong drink will cause the gambler to rob and kill his brother,
Aye! also his father and his mother,
All for the sake of getting money to gamble,
Likewise to drink, cheat, and wrangle.

And when the burglar wants to do his work very handy,
He plies himself with a glass of Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
To give himself courage to rob and kill,
And innocent people's blood to spill.

Whereas if he couldn't get Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
He wouldn't do his work so handy;
Therefore, in that respect let strong drink be abolished in time,
And that will cause a great decrease in crime.

Therefore, for this sufficient reason remove it from society,
For seldom burglary is committed in a state of sobriety;
And I earnestly entreat ye all to join with heart and hand,
And to help to chase away the Demon drink from bonnie Scotland.

I beseech ye all to kneel down and pray,
And implore God to take it away;
Then this world would be a heaven, whereas it is a hell,
And the people would have more peace in it to dwell.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 10:54 AM

Hate it when Surreyman goes maudlin. Perhaps Mrs. Surreyman got his password. Probably, he just got home from court and the Barrister made him send this as part of his penitence.

It is still snowin' in D.C. and the government is still adjourned. First time ever, three days without government. No one seems the worse for wear. (except those of us who are whittling skis.)

Don't forget to take the Scotch Quiz. It will do you good and it is a lot cheaper than buying a fifth of Ardbeg.

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 6:54 PM

There are some serious issues here. My Super Bowl party was canceled due to a power outage. All of the schools are closed. D.C. has sent the snow crews home because it is too dangerous to plow. The police are stuck. The FBI was called in two days ago and they can't go home. I think we have restaurants and liquor stores closed and lots of folk running out of beer. The senate can not get in to close Congress so that O'Bama can make some recess appointments. This is going to get ugly.

Kimoira  (Level: 215.4 - Posts: 1203)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 7:45 PM

especially the beer part

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 9:02 PM

'Twas about seven o'clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem'd to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem'd to say-
I WILL blow the bloody ear marks away.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o'er the town,
Global warming ... Come on down.
And a passenger train from Dante's horror
Which fill'd all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because no one twas sav'd to tell the tale
How the disaster happen'd in the month of February,
Which will be remembered by all save Gore's merry.

Stolen from McGonagall

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