We Got Snow for Christmas! YAY!

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    Dec 25, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    When we woke at dawn this morning in Keene, New Hampshire we had a white Christmas! No snow on the ground at all last night, earlier snow had melted, but about 1 inch this morning, enough to make everything look white. And perhaps a couple more inches during the day.

    We're all having coffee & pastries now, 3 gay couples staying in this house, checking e-mail greetings, sending out the digital pics we just took. A 21st-Century Christmas.

    We'll open presents shortly; the restraint of adults. When I was a kid I was awake before dawn and already playing with my toys by now, before my parents (who were up half the night preparing everything) had even gotten out of bed. But I already warned the others here that NO ONE will get to play with MY toys after I open them. icon_evil.gif
  • rnch

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    Dec 25, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Tawkin' 'bout gifts:

    One Christmas, all-too-many years ago, my sister talked me into purchasing and assembling a "gotta have it" gift for my niece, a Barbie "Fun House".

    This doll house turned out to be a three strory, plastic pillar and carboard wall nightmare to assemble, with a working elevator! One of those "insert tab A into slot B and slide into extunsion C" projects....

    I worked on that dayum gift from 11 pm Christmas eve to 3 am Christmas morning, going thru most of a gallon of white russian daquaris in the process.

    More than once I was ready to kick it as hard as I could and watch the pieces slide across the oak block floors that I had so painstakingly sanded and varnished earlier that year icon_exclaim.gif




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    Dec 25, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    rnch saidTawkin' 'bout gifts:

    One Christmas, all-too-many years ago, my sister talked me into purchasing and assembling a "gotta have it" gift for my niece, a Barbie "Fun House".

    This doll house turned out to be a three strory, plastic pillar and carboard wall nightmare to assemble, with a working elevator! One of those "insert tab A into slot B and slide into extunsion C" projects....

    I worked on that dayum gift from 11 pm Christmas eve to 3 am Christmas morning, going thru most of a gallon of white russian daquaris in the process.

    More than once I was ready to kick it as hard as I could and watch the pieces slide across the oak block floors that I had so painstakingly sanded and varnished earlier that year

    I don't suppose the problem was the daiquiris and not the Barbie Fun House? icon_wink.gif

    My poor parents would knock themselves out Christmas night, after my sister & I had gone to bed. Some years they would put the entire tree up, and until we were teens most of the presents were unboxed and displayed by Christmas morning, assembled as needed. Very few presents were gift-wrapped.

    My Lionel train set was the most challenging, including a huge folding table it sat on that my Father had custom built, and filling much of the room along with the tree. Each Christmas it would be reassembled during the night with new features added from the year before, until it finally got a permanent home in the basement.

    And each Christmas I'd throw open the French doors to that parlor at dawn, where the night before there had been just everyday furnishings, and find instead - Christmas. My parents truly were saints.
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    Dec 25, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
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    I don't suppose the problem was the daiquiris and not the Barbie Fun House? icon_wink.gif



    ......... My parents truly were saints.





    Ha! Nope, the daqs "got me in the mood" to tackle that project.

    Yeh, my parents were also "good people"; considering all the strife and drama their 4 kids put them thru.



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    Dec 25, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    I woke up to three inches of fresh snow this morning and it's still coming down. No commitments, no work, no TV (unless I brush the snow of the satellite dish every ten minutes), just a quiet day by the fire *. It's a good thing I repaired the bird feeder yesterday. There is basically a bird orgy going on out there.

    Oh, and there goes the first little power outage.

    Re: surprise gifts. One year I build a cedar play house for my nieces, with a shake roof and a little deck. I built it in my garage, then xmas eve, with the tractor and about six friends, loaded it onto a trailer, and moved it to their yard, while they were at a friends house for a party. We planted some shrubs around it for landscaping. And made sure all the yard lights were off when the girls came home, so they didn't see it until the next morning. icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif


    *Although I seem to have about two dozen "manhunt" messages piled up this morning. Hmm...
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    Merry Christmas!

    I'm a lot happier when that white shit stays on the ski slopes. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    We're having a white Christmas here, too...white sandy beaches and warm temps. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWe're having a white Christmas here, too...white sandy beaches and warm temps. icon_biggrin.gif

    We'll be back there around the 5th. That's why a little cold here doesn't bother me, instead a bit of nostalgia from my youth. I'm running around here with my coat open, while the locals are all buttoned up. Cold is nothing if you know you'll only have to deal with it a few minutes at a time.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidWe're having a white Christmas here, too...white sandy beaches and warm temps. icon_biggrin.gif

    We'll be back there around the 5th. That's why a little cold here doesn't bother me, instead a bit of nostalgia from my youth. I'm running around here with my coat open, while the locals are all buttoned up. Cold is nothing if you know you'll only have to deal with it a few minutes at a time.
    This is true. I absolutely loathe cold weather, but can handle it gracefully when I know it's only for a few days.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    Merry Christmas, ART_DECO!
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    I got through 'Sandy' unscathed although lots of hundred year old trees fell in the neighborhood and crushed (yes, crushed) parked cars. Several days later we had an ice storm and lost electricity for four days (when a tree that was damaged by 'Sandy' eventually fell on the power lines). It was a major inconvenience. I'm virtually never scared, and have no problem defending myself. But I have become terrified at the thought of more storms that cause this kind of damage and personal inconvenience. It's not as though I can reciprocate the damage done to me like when a human attempts it.
    I'm happy for those who like snow etc. Just keep it far from me.
  • onefortified

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    Dec 25, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    Snow is on its way here tonight and tomorrow morning
  • WhoDey

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    Dec 25, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    So cute how southerners are excited when they see snow
  • O5vx

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    Dec 25, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    We had snows yesterday, but when I woke up this morning, we have had more snow. I hate snow. It is so cold outside and all I wanted to do is stay in all day. I have to go deposit my living allowance to by that Ipad I wanted so bad.
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    Dec 25, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    The Beautiful Peoples Republic of Boulder, Colorado is covered in snow.
  • NMGUY505

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    Dec 25, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    i'm jealoue. thats a draw back about where i live in new mexico no snow. i mean it snows but then we get so much sun it melts within an hour or two.
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    Dec 25, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    I'm just glad I'm not the guy who has to spend the day driving the snow plow.
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    Dec 25, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI'm just glad I'm not the guy who has to spend the day driving the snow plow.


    I spent many winters sitting in the wingseat of a municipal snowplow, or plowing dead-ends and cul de sacs with a pickup. It is a shitty, thankless job. The hours suck- you'd generally be called in around 3:00am. You end up eating crap in diners because you're so hungry you don't care and you didn't have time to prepare proper meals because you were out in the plow until 10:00pm the night before. You're always short on sleep. You're bored out of your skull doing it except that you have to be constantly on the alert for asshole drivers who are in a hurry. Your stomach turns to acid because of all the bad coffee you're drinking. After a few days of this in a row your nerves are shot. You're constantly getting sick because you're so run down. Then Uncle taxes the shit out of your overtime so it's barely worth your while.

    Thankfully, my position does not require me to do it, so I gave it up though I will go in and help out in an emergency. I don't miss it.

    And the next time that you curse a plow driver for filling your driveway with snow, remember that when he's done trying to make the roads safe he has to go home and shovel out his driveway too.

    Thanks for listening to my rant.
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    Dec 25, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
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    We're having tornados for Christmas! Yay! icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 26, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    Apparently, according to the Weather Channel and our local tv weather geeks...the world is going to end after130AM Wednesday....when winter storm/Blizzard EUCLID comes screaming through Columbus.....
    snow and colder,,,maybe some freezing rain. WTF? we get this all the time......not like this is Miami or Phoenix....drama much?icon_rolleyes.gif
  • dtx1

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    Dec 26, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    In the Dallas area, we had thunderstorms overnight. I don't remember ever having thunderstorms around Christmas, and definitely not on Christmas eve. Today the rain turned to snow in the early afternoon. It continued to snow for several hours so we have a rare white Christmas in Dallas.
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    Dec 26, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    We got snow here in Denver! In fact, it showed all last night, then started up again this morning. It's the first time since 1987 that we've had actual snow falling on December 25th (granted, we've had many "white" winters from previous snows that hung around).
    Hooray!!
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    Dec 26, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Sporty_g saidApparently, according to the Weather Channel and our local tv weather geeks...the world is going to end after130AM Wednesday....when winter storm/Blizzard EUCLID comes screaming through Columbus.....
    snow and colder,,,maybe some freezing rain. WTF? we get this all the time......not like this is Miami or Phoenix....drama much?icon_rolleyes.gif


    Hopefully, it actually happens instead of the dick tease these predictions generally turn out to be around here. Of course, provided I can get to the gym tomorrow as this is the first day I've missed since mid August.
  • camfer

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    Dec 26, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    3" fresh snow overnight. BF and I went down to the river, swept the snow off a picnic bench, and had a nice lunch. Hot tea was required, followed by hot whiskey when we got back home. Grabbed some cactus skeletons for a craft project. I always like the juxtaposition of snow and cactus. Fun day!
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 26, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    I got ya'll beat. We got two tornado WARNINGS this morning, on top of a day-long tornado watch and severe thunderstorm watch.

    Where's HndsmKnsn?