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Snowbound! [Dec. 21st, 2008|10:43 am]
Nicodemus
SNOWBOUND!

The dramatic survival tale soon to become a major motion picture


Dec 20th
Snow began to fall last night in gentle, steady, innocent-looking flurries amid an evening of Christmas cheer. During the night it silently piled up, slowly building up towards the windows inch by inch. By morning, it had accumulated to almost seven inches which was still well short of the windows but a noble effort by the snow gods (Shiverus and Frostico).

Dec 21st, 7:48am
We woke up to find that the power was out. We were able to determine the time only by observing the angle of the shadow on a stick poking up through the snow outside the window next to Beth's fully-charged cellphone. She'd been up earlier and recalled seeing "7:35" on the clock, so power had not been out too long and there was no imminent danger of having to resort to cannibalism.

7:58am
Snow was still falling. The outside paths were entirely obscured. There's discussion about whether it'll be possible to trek overland and try to locate civilization, such as a piece of civilization labeled "Starbucks." It was just possible that there were still islands of survivors out there who had stores of food and caffeine. Early reports of gnaw marks on my ankles turned out to be a false alarm and were only grooves caused by tight socks.

8:04am
No signs of frost in the bedroom yet. Fortunately, I'd spent several hours last night sewing survival curtains designed to help keep heat in the room as well as providing snazzy wine-colored drapes, properly lined, hung on a decorative bar over our previously-bare window. The bedroom looked a lot better. And it was warmer, of course.

8:13am
We took stock of our situation. The previous evening we'd wisely filled a pot with water (though our water was still running), put aside a pile of candles (in case we wanted the excitement of open flames near a toddler), and we'd baked emergency survival apple pies (far better than just having apples, really). It appeared there was no need to resort to cannibalism; the barbecue sauce was returned to the pantry cupboard.

8:38am
Since we were well-prepared to weather the storm, the power came back on. Damn.

9:02am
We're still trapped by the snow. Caught in the iron grip of winter, we are unable to leave the house and must resort to sitting around eating bacon and omelets while watching "The Muppet Show". It will be hard but we will survive. The holidays will happen and, oh yes, we will be merry.


(With apologies to anyone who is actually in a bad situation, snow-wise. I'm just amused about the local freaking out that happened. The grocery store yesterday was completely nuts. It's like there's seasonal amnesia and we forget that there will be winter storms.)
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[User Picture]From: orv
2008-12-21 07:36 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. Nice.

We got about three inches here. Pretty serious for this area, but not anywhere near enough to prevent travel by car in a flat area like the Green River Valley. (The presence of other drivers with dubious winter driving skills is plenty to keep me at home, though.) Seven inches is definitely getting to the point of being impassable for passenger cars without the aid of snowplows, though!
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-12-21 07:49 pm (UTC)
6+ inches here in Vancouver, WA, with 1/4" of ice on top of the snow (and everything else). I came over to Thumper's place last night in anticipation, and we're keeping warm. Starting to get hungry though. Thumper's house is notoriously un-stocked foodwise.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-21 10:19 pm (UTC)
So you went where there were fursuits to snuggle but where there was no food... I see where your survival priorities lie... ;)
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-12-21 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I got a bunny hug, but that's it so far ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-21 11:35 pm (UTC)
I was implying nothing more than staying warm with huggable fuzziness. :D
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-12-21 11:41 pm (UTC)
That's a very good idea. I wonder if I could convince Thumper to put a suit on for me to snuggle ;-)

Would need a movie or something as an excuse.

Too bad I don't have a Remy to keep me warm!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-22 12:01 am (UTC)
In the cold weather, keeping warm is a matter of survival! Were Remy there, he'd readily volunteer. :)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2008-12-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
Heh. Very cute. I too converted raw ingredients last night to portable patties that don't need further cooking or warming, got up those curtains I've been meaning to put up, etc.

But the degree to which the city becomes paralyzed by snow really isn't trivial. We're not prepared for it. I grew up where we do get real snow on a regular basis, and this would be *yawn* there. But in NY and Michigan, people have winter clothes and snow tires and know how to drive in snow; house are insulated; people don't become isolated and housebound because of snow. And fact that this city is a series of slopes doesn't help.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2008-12-21 08:06 pm (UTC)
West Seattle is pretty much snow-bound. Pretty but paralyzed. Damn, I wish I lived within walking distance of the restaurants but 3 miles in this weather is too much.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-21 10:12 pm (UTC)
It's true that the city area isn't able to handle much snow, with many hills and few snowplows. And I think the weather has varied a lot; I hear that the eastside also got a healthy dose but out here on Bainbridge we've just had this sedate, still blanket of powder despite local pandemonium at the stores.

(Being from prime earthquake country, I'm also used to having a minimum of 3 days' supplies on hand at all times.)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2008-12-22 10:04 am (UTC)
Yes, we also keep food and emergency supplies at all times. We aimed for three months' worth--not for just natural disasters, but epidemics or even just periods of low income. Or being sick; IHG and I can trade off illness for many weeks at a time. (That's much less of an issue these days as we can get food delivered.) It bugs us that this place is too small to keep much in the way of a food stockpile.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-21 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the winter gods reminded me that they don't like being mocked and gave me another hour-long power outage as a warning. :)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2008-12-22 10:04 am (UTC)
It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-22 09:09 pm (UTC)
Indeed. There's just some times where I have to laugh in order to cope. But Mother Nature is not as amused by it as I am, it appears.
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2008-12-23 03:46 am (UTC)
Too funny. :)

We've got a couple of feet here in Portland by now. No kidding. Again, the folks from the East Coast are laughing their derrieres off at us who are stressed about the snow, but same problem as you guys have - we aren't set up for it, we haven't got the infrastructure, the clothes, the driving skills... Also, by now the snow is significantly higher than the undercarriage of my car. Which makes backing out of my parking spot in our unplowed parking lot... not gonna happen.

And I'm supposed to feed my friend's cats while she's gone. Riiiiight.
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