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The Great Snow of 2013

We haven’t had much snow for the past two years and our weathermen have been warning us about snow every winter which is kind of annoying because down here in the south people run to the store to buy up all the beer, bread, batteries and milk that is in stock leaving nothing for those of us who just shop on a regular basis.

So here are a few pictures from this week, from the first few flakes to the total coverage of my lawn.

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Winter Flashback

It was garbage day today and we are experiencing a torrential rain.  There is water everywhere, my backyard always begins to resemble a small swamp when it rains, right except for a bit of lawn close to the house everything else is under water. I also have a small creek running down the middle of my driveway.  When I got home tonight I dreaded going back out to get the trash and recycling bins, but I knew if I didn’t it would only be worse tomorrow morning, or probably tomorrow night.  So I donned my gloves, wrapped up to keep the damp off and ran out to move my bins back to the house.  It was so wet my boots got soaked and my gloves needed a bit of wringing out.  I decided to hang them on a heater vent, which reminded of grade school when our teachers would let us put our shoes on the radiators so they could dry out.

At my elementary school very few children rode the bus, most of us walked.  I loved walking to school when it rained because you could jump the puddles, play in the storm water ditches and splash each other for nearly a 1/4 of a mile before you got to school.  Clearly we were out of our minds as children to behave this way, but we were young and the world was far more innocent. As a result of this close proximity and that there was a lot of water many children were soaked to the bone.  Honestly I do not know how our teachers coped with us, the interesting side note is I don’t think any of us were ever that sick, we were a hardy little group. So while we sat eagerly in our desks learning, our shoes and perhaps gloves and hats all adorned the radiators drying through the day until lunch when we went down to the cafeteria to eat. We didn’t get to have recess outside in the rain so there was no chance of us getting our clothes or shoes wet once we were in the building for the day.  We had our recess time in our classroom, and I looked forward to those days of spending time in the warm and slightly steamy classroom.  For some reason it is memories like this which make me happy.

glovesWhile my heating vent isn’t quite as fancy as the school radiator it does the job.

Phone Calls

 

A Cisco 7960G IP telephone

 

One major thing I do not miss about my old job, answering the phone in November.  You see my old job consisted of answering the phone a lot.  Most of the time it was okay, I enjoyed helping folks, but every November for about 6 years this woman from Ohio, I think, would call us  to get road conditions for Fancy Gap.  Now when I started working there I had no idea where Fancy Gap was, I had only been living in North Carolina for about 4 years and I was still learning about local things – like not getting lost in South Charlotte.  I knew that providing that kind information was NOT a part of our department’s role, it was possibly something the NC Dept of Highways or Highway Patrol would do, but it certainly was not something we would do and I would let her know she had called the wrong place and she needed to try elsewhere.  Oh I also knew that Fancy Gap was nowhere in Mecklenburg County so even if I wanted to help her I really couldn’t   She called the next year and we went through the same thing.  I even asked the woman who used to have my job if she got these calls, she said no she never did.  So it was just me being grilled by someone who didn’t even know what state she was calling.  When the third year rolled around I asked one of my coworkers where Fancy Gap was he informed me it was somewhere in Virginia and then wanted to know why, so I told him about this woman who calls every year around thanksgiving to insist I give her the road conditions.  He laughed and said I should tell her they are dry and clear.  The next year I kept hoping she wouldn’t call and that she would figure out the right number to call, but no she called again.  I informed her that Fancy Gap was in VA and she was calling Charlotte, NC – and again that there was no way for me give her the information she required as all I could find online was weather reports.  She actually got a bit mean with me and said that I should always have that information ready for people when they call. Very nicely I told her the only person who ever called to ask was her and that she really needed to call the VA Highway Dept or Highway Patrol.  She got really mad at me and hung up.  I hoped it was finally over, but around comes November the next year and guess who called me.  Oh how do I know it was the same woman?  I had caller ID on my phone and I had written her number in my calendar on the computer so I could recognize who was calling me from out-of-state.

 

Fancy Gap

 

A few years ago, I actually had the pleasure of driving through Fancy Gap, VA, it was August and the road was clear and dry.

 

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