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Old 12-22-2018, 04:56 PM   #1
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Who said it is winter

I spent much if the day trimming the live oak trees my driveway so that I should park the AI without scratching the roof. Live oaks grow fast and droop loser and lower each year. I have to cut trees back every year so that I can mow without constantly ducking. I have a 40-volt 10-foot pole sat foot myself is present for a gift to my self.

What was great was that I only needed a t-shirt. It was 76 at 2 o-clock this afternoon. All the neighbor's lids out were plating a softball. Some is a pay back for sun time in Texas summer.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:42 PM   #2
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Rayburn at sunset today. About 72 degrees. Hauled the kayak up on the aisle floor of the Interstate as I had planned. Figured out that I could still crack the fridge open just wide enough to reach in with it obstructing.

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Old 12-23-2018, 02:21 AM   #3
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You folks are lucky. It only got to 63/65 here in the Las Vegas high desert. But very sunny and no wind and no rain and no snow. So no complaints.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:26 AM   #4
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I'm happy that it has been the best early season Vermont skiing in 50 years!

Monday was 6 degrees with 50 mhp gusts, so that was invigorating.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:27 AM   #5
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Pahasks’s vignette reminds me of a time about 2 years ago when a storm partially toppled a tree on my Canada property and the root ball was threatening to tear out one of my survey pins, which are expensive to have placed. So I asked my 80 year old father to find someone to chain saw down that tree before it did any more damage. The guy whose help he enlisted was 93 years old at the time, and was well-known for his sustaining fitness. My father marveled at his capacity and I said, “At his age, minute he ceases that kind of healthy exertion, he’s dead where he stands.” The gentleman made it another 2 years before any significant physical limitations began to impact him. I’ve got a couple of really good pics of this old man ‘muscle-fighting’ a two-ton tree.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:57 AM   #6
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Rereading my original post. It doesn't quite make sense. I now remember now that my phone was laying on my drawing tablet next to the keyboard. That always makes my keyboard do weird things. The cursor jumps around and randomly adds odd keystrokes. The same thing happens sometimes when the cat sits on the tablet.
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:59 PM   #7
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Rereading my original post. It doesn't quite make sense. I now remember now that my phone was laying on my drawing tablet next to the keyboard. That always makes my keyboard do weird things. The cursor jumps around and randomly adds odd keystrokes. The same thing happens sometimes when the cat sits on the tablet.
JOHN - For a moment there, I thought you were just getting a head start on the Christmas eggnog and New Year's Day libations. I think we have all been victimized by spellcheck or typeahead, that we got most of it - the 10ft pole gift to self and kids playing.
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:36 PM   #8
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Here are the culprits. The tablet I use when working with Photoshop, my phone, and my cat

It took me a while to figure out why my typing was so garbled sometimes. The phone seems to garble things each time the minutes changes on the always-on display or if it rings. The same thing happens when the cat walks on the lower right part of the tablet.

As you can see, I am not a neatnik!
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:29 PM   #9
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The high today in Palm Desert was 75 had to run the fantastic fan for about an hour to keep it low 70s...
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Going to the mid teens tonight.

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Lowest predicted in the next week is 34 next Saturday night.

AI is all winterized and will have a ceramic heater running, set to a low temperature. Nice having 30a in the storage yard.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:45 PM   #12
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Going to the mid teens tonight.

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That's the Minnesota I remember from my youth.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:30 AM   #13
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I freaked out a state game warden yesterday by testing the limits of my new kayak in the middle of Lake Sam Rayburn on a north wind (about a one-foot chop). He was concerned that the water, by Texas standards, was dangerously cold - un-survivably cold - and that if I flipped the kayak, I'd be dead. I stuck my hand in it and estimated it at 55 degrees. He checked his boat monitor - 53.5 degrees.

I explained that I'm an old lap swimmer and can tell water temperature by touch. I probably should have also explained that, where I come from, dangerous water is considered to be anything below about 35 degrees.



I suppose also could have mentioned that there is currently twelve feet of snow on the road where I come from. Here's a photo from Facebook showing the plowing job in progress the day before yesterday. This location is pretty much exactly where I blew off one of the Interstate's turbo hoses last summer. See the yellow center stripe in the lower right corner. This gentleman is standing in the road.

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I stuck my hand in it and estimated it at 55 degrees. He checked his boat monitor - 53.5 degrees.

I explained that I'm an old lap swimmer and can tell water temperature by touch. I probably should have also explained that, where I come from, dangerous water is considered to be anything below about 35 degrees.
INTERBLOG - You one adventurous cookie. Good for the game warden, though, checking on everyone. That's very nice of them. I can't even take a shower when water temp is below 99 degrees. Pool water is all I will get into in the winter and when it falls below 70, that's my danger level & we fire up the pool heater (which aint often coz it's like putting $20 bills in the furnace
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It was pretty funny!
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:48 PM   #16
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Who said it is winter

My Norwegian relatives visited SoCal in the “depths of winter” a few years back. One Uncle took a dip in the unheated pool and thought, at about 60 degrees, “it was nice and warm in the pool.” Yup. Compared to the water he normally swims in off the coast of Norway, I guess so...
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Now is the time when the Texas Gulf Coast sees a lot of tourists, of course. We are not as popular as Florida, but people still come here in conspicuous numbers.

Two days ago, I hit a small municipal pocket beach on Galveston Bay because it's a great place to launch a kayak (pic below). The water temp was exactly 60 degrees. Tourists were in the water, all smiles and giggles.

During my childhood in Nova Scotia, we routinely swam in 60 degree water. Little kids can quickly become hypothermic at that temp (high surface area to volume ratio), so we had to constantly monitor our fingernail beds for the first emergence of that tell-tale blue tinge. Hypothermia feels really bad (especially the headache), but we were willing to risk it, especially when the waves were high.

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I found a safe way for me to "swim" near sub-60 degree water is by staying behind the sand castles wearing a "business suit" by Trompe-L’Oeil-Technical-Wetsuits
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36 degrees at Picacho Peak, AZ

Just hit the road after 3 nights camping at Picacho Peak, AZ. Had a super time at a 4CU New Years Rally despite approx. 16 hours of non-stop rain and 35 degree weather. We’re driving back toward home to Abq today with a stop tonight at Caballo Lake, NM. We have 68k miles on our 2011 FC 20 footer. She’s never let us down and is still in tip top shape. Who says bigger is better?
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Snow just arrived in LV.
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Pic from my bedroom balcony just now.
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