We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Expecting a blizzard in the Northeast - a Nor'easter in fact. Good fun. I would not be surprised to lose power, and we still have not bothered with a generator. I'll pre-post some items in the pipeline just in case the breeze knocks out the power.
If our homemade server goes down, then that's just more proof of climate change. Speaking of global warming (which I am in favor of - warm is nice. I don't know why nobody talks about the advantages of a little warming) Meyer is excellently rational here: So Skeptical Science Is "Correcting" Me
Down here in Pa. we are ready. finally bought a portable generator at Costco, had an electrician install a plug for the generator cable, thru the main box, runs the whole house. Have to feed it gas every so often, but sure beats candles, and with propane heat, it powers the air handler. Snowblower works too. Can't wait. Love snow.
We lost power for 72 hours during Winter Storm "Atlas" in Oct 2013. Heavy wet snow hit "West River" SD hard then and many many trees that still had foliage were lost. Ranchers lost thousands of head of cattle. I'd already installed a "Generlink" on my electric meter so we could power the whole house with our 7200w generator. Had we not been able to power our freezer, I'd have lost at least ~$500 worth of bison, elk, and salmon. Generators have become an essential appliance, which we first learned after Hurricane Isabel, when we lived in VA (power out 5—five—days). Moreover, in the rural county where we lived in VA, we lost power about a half-dozen to a dozen times a year (and were only about 50mi from the DC Beltway). It's nowhere near that bad out here in SD.
the weather here is also wretched. I might have to close the screen door tonight.
Vic Morrow's tommy gun
between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles basin there are dozens of what are now dry lake beds (playas). in the 12,000 or so years since the last ice age ended, these playas have gone through two dozen lake-marsh-playa cycles as the climate cycles between wet/cool and hot/dry. it is a stone cold fact that the only warminering cycles caused by George W. Bush and capitalism were those in the last two hundred years, because, Science!
Vic Morrow's tommy gun
I grew up in the 40's and 50's just North of Boston. These March blizzards were common and as a kid lots of fun. Living near the ocean when a winter Nor'easter hits usually means a lot of snow or freezing rain. So we were always happier to see 2 feet of snow than freezing rain and slush. I could make big bucks shoveling snow and two feet of snow was usually too daunting for even those folks who preferred to shovel their own snow.