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Snowmageddon Throwback

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This isn’t the winter storm named Jonas. Back in the day, nobody ever thought about naming snowstorms. I mean, why bother??? But I guess these days if you are twitterbooking or facechatting everything gotta have a label.  If you have better eyes than me, you will see the date on the front page is March 14th, 1993.   BFF Cait was coming up to be 6 years old and My Boy was almost 13.

I-78 last night somewhere in PA.

I-78 last night somewhere in PA.

We were living just a bit north and east of Chattanooga – just a few miles away really and well out into the country.  The week had been warm right before Easter.  60s and 70s and the Bradford Pear trees were blooming.  The weatherman was sayin’ we were in for a little unsettled weather – maybe even some snow– odd, that; at this time of year.  For some disremembered reason,  nobody paid it much attention.   I woke up in the early hours of that Saturday to thunder and the wind blowing to beat hell and when I stuck my head out the door, the snow was blowing sideways.  I could hear crashing all around me which I discovered to be trees tumbling down once it got daylight.  The power was already off.

We had made no special preps at all.  Being the end of the winter, my woodpile was depleted and I was thankful to have stretched it that far.   We heated exclusively with wood.  No extra trips  had been made to stock up the pantry.  There was a Z28 Camaro and a Mercury Sable in the driveway.   God must put a watchful eye on the sincerely oblivious it seems.  When it was all said and done, the undrifted snow covered the doorknobs on the doors which comes to 29″ or thereabouts.  We went several days with not a single vehicle able to travel the highway which bordered the property.  It would be days yet until the Mercury and Camaro were legit means of transportation.  There was no generator to blunt the loss of electricity which lasted almost two weeks.

The Stark dog + NJ snow

The Stark dog + NJ snow

I was no stranger to winter weather.  I had experienced just about any weather condition you could imagine back in the high ballin’ outlaw truck driver days.  Hell,  I spent an entire winter on a bid run across I-80 from Oakland, CA to Linden, NJ.  Countless trips back and forth and never a one with clear, dry roads the entire way.  I had a pretty good idea what we were dealin’ with on that first Saturday morning.

I have said before I do believe the only reason we are placed on this earth is to prepare the next generation for their time holding the reins.  That don’t necessarily mean just our personal kids.  This past week the subject of my daily conversations and multitude emails  with BFF Cait has been Jonas bearing down on her and the family there in Western New Jersey.   She had The Husband, Hank the Tank, Stark dog and a shop of baby Airmen to see after.  It helped she had been there and done that before as her memories of the ’93 Blizzard were still vivid.  We lined out supplies, generator prep (yep, they have one), fuel and transportation logistics over the course of the week prior.  She had that part well in hand.  The baby Airmen in her charge maybe not so much. When they are thinking food supplies are not a problem because there is a pizza place directly across the street you just gotta know it may turn out to be worser than murder times ten.  She lamented their level of naivete and trust in some nebulous entity somewhere that would assuredly  look after their 18-21 year old asses.

Hank the Tank attacks the driveway snow.

Hank the Tank attacks the driveway snow.

So, with the sun shining and the storm well out to sea, everyone seems to have  survived.  The roads and parking lots are getting plowed out and pretty soon traffic will venture out to the store.  Looks like the worst might have been some of the baby Airmen getting pretty hungry and eating fuzzy Skittles  from way down in the couch cushions.  I am sure the babies will reminisce in later days “You remember the time it snowed so deep at Ft. Dix a mule had to buck to fart?” or somethin’ like that.  As for me, I am having to run the AC down here in the Pucker Brush late in the afternoon when the ill-insulated tin can I live in heats up.  The reins have been passed as you can well tell.  I am available for consultations by appointment only. 🙂

 

 

Always vigilant at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Always vigilant at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Vela Von update:  There are some GSD owners who refer to their pups as Land Sharks.  I can very well see that.  Very well.   I am two months out from Tuco the Dog leaving me and a month into the haphazard utter chaos of raisin’ a pup who acts like she swallowed an eight day clock wound tight.  The latest casualty being the screen door.  Actually, she destroyed the lower screen in short order like it was nothin’. Just took me a bit to get the screen and tools delivered to fix it up.   I  ordered some special fiberglass pet proof screen.  Gonna see how that stands up to a Land Shark.

bliz5End Note: Screw You, We’re from Texas by Ray Wylie Hubbard from the Growl CD.  BFF Cait believes in the proper uniform for every life event.   She informed me the blizzard uniform was this t-shirt which was bought at the actual venue where this song was performed live by The Man himself.   I quit wearing t-shirts that say stuff some years back so I could not perform the reciprocal action down south here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments to Snowmageddon Throwback

  • Joel

    The hysteria around snowfalls tickles me. I’ve always driven a front wheel drive car, so driving isn’t a problem, at least here in civilization, where they plow the main streets. At first, it’s easy because so few people are on the road. Later, I just avoid peak traffic. The biggest problem is the amateurs behind the wheel.

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  • Vince

    Morn’n Andy,

    Had a good chuckle over Vela Von. I’m think’n all pups are wound pretty tight. Yup.

    Wife and I picked up a new TT yesterday. Cab-over camper was gett’n too small for the wife. Worst of all was me having to repel outta the fart sack to take a leak and then climbing back up. I’m 66.7 years old and it’s taking three trips a night now. Hell with that! New camper gotta walk around queen. Gonna like it. Easy peasy as you’d say.

    So, this brings me to generators and solar power. Going to go over all of your most excellent information on the subjects again and putting down on paper a drawing of what we’re going to need for a 400w solar system (panels on the roof) and a backup generator. Have a 4k Coleman that’s been running just fine for over 20 years but it’s so loud that any neighbors within a half mile would be pelt’n my camper with rocks if I started it up in camp. Looking on Amazon (sorry, wife has an account) for this and that and seen the Yamaha 2k generator and was wondering about lil blue. Did it ever make it home?

    What area you and Vela Von nesting in now? Give the pup an extra pat and scratch behind the ear.

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    • Andy

      Hey Vince,

      Always good to hear from you. The brushhund and me are south of Charlotte about 3 miles from the ranch where I spent almost 3 years.

      On those generators……… No response from Yamaha and I am trying to decide whether to submit Little Blue for further repair with reduced anticipation of good results OR to just junk it. My Bro has the Little Blue twin and since I believe two is one and one is none that is a consideration. I have the parallel cable which allows me to pair then if you will recall. He bought the Yamaha on my advice. The way I am leaning right now???? Sell BOTH Yamahas with the one noted as having problems. These high end inverter generators sell like hot cakes and at premium prices as far as low depreciation. I would replace both of them with the Honda 2k models.

      The other consideration is if I want to move up to a 2.4k generator that will power the roof AC…

      On the solar— I think 24v panels and an MPPT controller is the way to go. The controller is way more efficient and steps the power down to 12v to the batteries.

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  • Larry Worsham

    I have a TT with 400 watts of solar on the roof and run 4 six volt batteries. Two in the truck and two on trailer due to lack of space. I have a 2000 watt sine wave inverter mounted in the truck and just plug into it with the trailers shore power plug (have to turn off the converter). I also have a Yamaha 2.4 watt generator mounted on back. Only have had to use the generator when the DW needed to iron her sewing projects. I have used it a couple of time to cool off the trailers when hot and boondocking. I’ve been using this system for about 5 years now and it works for us. Having the inverter and two batteries in the truck is handy as I have an electric impact wrench and have had to change a couple of tires. I have a 2 gauge “intertie” between the battery banks so the solar charges everything. We are on the road 4-5 months a year…………..

    Love that pup……………….

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