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Snow news
Plows still haven't come. Hopefully they'll make it sometime tomorrow.

Spent an hour today walking around the neighborhood, helping to dig out/push stuck cars, etc. One of them belonged to the friend of a friend of a guy who had rented a backhoe (he owns Illinois Cyclery, and was clearing his own parking lots), who I then talked into doing a quick plow of our street, right up to my driveway at the end of the cul-de-sac. That was great. He was in a hurry, so he did a really fast job of it, but with some more shoveling I was able to make it out to Knoxville with the Outback, if not the Passat.

Made a quick run to Krogers to pick up some staples, and soon realized that was a bad idea. Even on Knoxville (the major N-S surface artery), vehicles were stuck all over the place - big jeeps and SUVs - on the side of the road, in intersections, etc. Traffic was horrible. I couldn't believe how many nimrods were obviously out on the road without a compelling reason, when I realized that, hey, I'm one of those nimrods. When I finally got to Krogers, the parking lot (which, after plowing, was functionally less than half its size) was gridlocked, as well as the access road. I queued up for ten minutes and then gave up, managed to bail out and come home.

I hear the Super Wal-Mart's roof collapsed under the snow weight.

I'd post fortress of solitude pictures of the huge mounds of snow around my driveway, but my D80 is in the hospital - Nathan pulled it down off the coffee table and broke the lens mount. Hopefully it won't set me back more than about $150.

In other news, Buber is less inscrutable than his translator makes out. His writing reminds me of Walker Percy's essays.

Current Location: home

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slightlyjillian From: slightlyjillian Date: December 3rd, 2006 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you notice that on LOST one of the books Sawyer was reading was Percy's Lancelot??? :) That made me smile.
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: December 3rd, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I missed that one. I remember him reading Judy Blume, and saying there wasn't enough sex in it, which was about the grossest thing he could've said.

Sawyer is definitely the guy I loved to hate. I've warmed to him this season, though.
slightlyjillian From: slightlyjillian Date: December 3rd, 2006 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a Jack girl, no doubt. But as soon as I saw Sawyer reading, actually reading, Watership Down and then making jokes demonstrating what he was reading (the Communism joke). I knew there was something going on in his brain. :)

I usually try to keep up with reading Sawyer's reading list (and Desmond's)... but I skipped the Blume book.
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: December 3rd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
What? You never read Judy Blume as a kid?! I think I may have even read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret as a youngling, and I am, let the record show, a guy. I certainly read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I kinda thought Blume was one of the prereqs for getting into jr high...
slightlyjillian From: slightlyjillian Date: December 3rd, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
*chuckles* I was sort of beyond my reading group, and when I was reading pre-teen books I was seven or eight. My parents did lay down a few ground rules. I read Tolkien for the first time when I was nine (albeit a very superficial reading), discovered fantasy/adventure, and really lost interest in books about teenagers. Unless it was L'Engle. Or mysteries.
meganquinlan From: meganquinlan Date: December 3rd, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is really bad weather! We're supposed to have the bad weather here, but it's been almost 70! I only just broke out my winter coat last night.

Thank God for the Outback! Mine is in serious need of repairs, but it got me into work at Children's Hospital a couple of years ago during the worst blizzard since 1977! We were going to go to one car since we live in the city now, but I just don't know if I can live without my all-wheel drive. If it's not worth fixing, I'm looking into buying a new one. Mine only has 117,000 miles on it, so it's practially brand-new!
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: December 5th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, did the bad weather ever reach you guys?

Yeah, I'm quite thankful for the Outback. It's a measly 4-cyl, manual trans with a clunky, troublesome mechanical clutch; plus it's geared high to rev over 3000 at 65; so it's not much fun to drive. But 7" ground clearance and AWD, baby, I'll take it.

Ours is an '00 with 90k mi on it. We had to replace the clutch at 60k (when we bought it); hopefully we won't have to do that again.
meganquinlan From: meganquinlan Date: December 5th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
We never got the bad weather - about an inch of snow fell on Saturday morning, but it melted before noon.

I have a '99 Outback with 118,000 miles - a 4-cylinder automatic. I bought in in '01 with 27,000 miles on it. It's in the shop for significant repairs, but I might get another year out of it at least. The engine is fine - it's just brakes and a wheel bearing that need to be fixed. I'm not sure now that I want to go to one car (Ray wants a Prius) and a zipcar membership. I might want to buy another Outback when this one goes.
restoration86 From: restoration86 Date: December 7th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
yesterday it was a bit warm, I was actually running the AC in my car. today was a bit more brisk, so I wore a jacket, but still no socks. It should get colder this weekend, but I doubt we'll have any such thing as snow.
From: martydeboer Date: January 27th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

hello

dave-
have wondered where you are and what your're doing. All looks great! (What a neat family!)
please reply with your email address.
marty
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: January 27th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hello

Hey Marty - great to hear from you. You can reach me at lindavidj at gmail.com.
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