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Old 01-16-2007, 02:16 PM   #1
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Well I got home from a nice two week vacation at sunny Costa Rica and my power is out, just like about everyone else in my town. Every limb and power line in town is coated with about an inch of ice. Looks like it will be this weekend before we get power back but the good news is I can lager two batches I have in secondary in my living room at a nice cool 35F.

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Old 01-16-2007, 02:35 PM   #2
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So I guess the glass is half full?

Ka-razeee weather.

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Old 01-16-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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Well, it's freezing rain here and gettting close to snowing. For those of you not in Texas, when that happens they shut down most of the roads 'cuz we don't have the stuff to deal with it.

Now the bad news - I would do a split batch on my stove except I need some DME. I have everything else except some malt. No way I can make it the 24 miles each way to get into town. Crap.

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Well, it's freezing rain here and gettting close to snowing. For those of you not in Texas, when that happens they shut down most of the roads 'cuz we don't have the stuff to deal with it.
Crap.
Good thing you don't have to put up with this then. I guess the tennis court across the road from me isn't going to see action anytime soon.

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Good thing you don't have to put up with this then. I guess the tennis court across the road from me isn't going to see action anytime soon.
That's easy - we can't. Lost power for about 8 hours last nite - bad when every thing you have runs on electricity, well, heat, stove. I have a layer of ice 3/4" thick all over my yard, looks like a frozen pond. Most of the highways are closed, San Antonio has something like 2800 bridges and the interstate downtown is an elevated system, so it's all froze.

If I could get into town (they closed the road in front of my house, I have no other way out) I would buy what I needed to brew

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Yeah, that don't look nice.
We are used to snow and ice and our highways are on solid ground. The highways Dept. uses road salt to melt ice so we don't stop, but for you, this
is out of the norm.
BTW the ice/cold affected the citrus crop in South cal also. Now my minute Maid is going to cost more also. Bummer.

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Well boo boo, it's not out the norm for me, I grew up in Maine and actually took my driving test in a snow storm;

me - "Should we be taking a driving test in this?"
tester - "Sure, your going to have to deal with it at some point, might as well be now."

I don't drive in it if I don't have to here because most people think they can "get going" they should. The problem is stopping on ice @ 50+MPH. I'm not worried about me, I'm worried about the other fools.

Added: I can't get out of the driveway because the gate is frozen shut, hehe.

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I don't drive in it if I don't have to here because most people think they can "get going" they should. The problem is stopping on ice @ 50+MPH. I'm not worried about me, I'm worried about the other fools.
It's always the people in the big-ass SUVs (no offense to anyone here who drives a big-ass SUV) who think they are immune from the rules of nature when driving in a snowstorm. I used to commute more than an hour to work each way, over a big-ass mountain, driving a little Mazda Protege, and never had any problems. It was always the little ladies who had just bought a new Ford Explorer and were passing us slowpokes (who recognized that when there is six inches of snow on the ground, you really ought not to be driving 50 MPH) who ended stuck in the ditches.
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