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I'm betting someone should have sanded that bridge. They even put signs up about that ;)

And crap can happen quickly. Tonight The Spousal Unit and I brought dinner over to our youngest son's house ~20 minutes away. Had a wonderful time with our youngest grandson and all. On the ride home things seemed pretty normal and we were cruising along +10 over the interstate speed limit - until we got about 3 miles from our house and saw an Audi had spun right off the highway. Slowed a bit, did a quick brake check - and slid a good 50 feet ("whoa nellie! I said whoa!")

Got off at our exit a half-mile further along, creepy-crawled along the back roads, and I could feel the traction control system working hard trying to make sense of almost zero friction. But as soon as we crossed the town line into Stow we discovered our townies had salted the roads to death and it was smooth sailing (if still cautious) the rest of the way...

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These kinds of crashes are pretty rare in MT; most folks know how to drive in the winter. Usually these happen during a blinding blizzard and the vehicles slowly pile up.

The MT DOT doesn’t use much sand, they mostly rely on liquid calcium chloride de-icer. That stuff works better at lower temps than salt does. It does have one quirk, though. The CC is a thick, slimy liquid and, if it’s applied over existing ice, there is a brief interval where the slick de-icer on top of the ice creates an almost frictionless surface. That could be what happened in the case of this particular accident.
 

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The news this morning is reporting that the two people who were injured in the bridge pileup didn’t jump-they were knocked off the bridge when a vehicle hit the bridge railing while they were trying to help a woman get her young children out of her damaged vehicle. The victims are siblings, a 13 y. o. girl and her 17 y. o. brother. They fell about 60 feet and are seriously injured but are expected to survive.
 

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The news this morning is reporting that the two people who were injured in the bridge pileup didn’t jump-they were knocked off the bridge when a vehicle hit the bridge railing while they were trying to help a woman get her young children out of her damaged vehicle. The victims are siblings, a 13 y. o. girl and her 17 y. o. brother. They fell about 60 feet and are seriously injured but are expected to survive.
Damn, I knew it was a drop but six stories to the ground is not usually survived. Consider most falling deaths involve roughly step-ladder heights.
And thanks very much for the update. Bless their souls - I sure hope the State recognizes their heroic efforts and makes sure they never lack for medical care...

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We have what I believe are Rufous hummingbird migrating through now, very tiny but what they lack in size they make up for in ferocity. Cool watch them chase each other around to protect their watering hole.
I took one of the two feeders and jacked the sugar content up and placed them with in 15ft apart. The one bull humming bird was having a hard time defending both feeders at the same time - fun for me to watch
 

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Hah! You too? I've kept a pair of feeders roughly 20' apart hanging from brackets on our upper level deck for the last many years now. There's a lilac tree between them, which you'd think would allow the females to hit one of the feeders out of sight of the domineering male, but every year the prevailing little bastid figures out exactly where on said lilac tree to park his feathered ass so both feeders are in sight, and the females get chased.

Frankly it has never made any sense to me. If I was the li'l dude of the year I'd escort the first female I saw to a feeder and give her some special attention....

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A guy from PA posted this pic, of the bar he built for his man cave, to a wheat growers group on FB. The long cylinder under the bar is the threshing rotor out of a Case International combine. It’s the bare rotor without the bars which start the process of separating the grain from the straw and chaff. The rotor is about 8 ft long and weighs about a ton. That would be a fairly substantial bar.
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