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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:05 pm

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With an outhouse and an outdoor pump our only plumbing, we little ones had a homemade potty indoors to use (which had to be emptied, of course, by our parents),


Yeah, we had one of those too. It was kept hidden in a closet.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:07 pm

Perhaps the southern folks here can help me understand something.

On the news there are photos from Atlanta and other places reporting much of the area shut down from their 1"-2" snowfall. Roads and freeways have become parking lots from stalled or abandoned vehicles, collisions, roll-overs, cars in ditches, injuries and deaths, etc.

Why?

Do people down there always drive like Rambo in a demolition derby, in spite of road conditions? Do common sense and situational awareness not exist there? Do their brains stop functioning at the sight of a snow flake or two?

I don't buy into the excuse that they aren't used to driving with a dusting of snow on the road. Rain covered roads can be slippery too. People just need to get used to slowing down, maintaining proper distances between cars, and pay attention by driving defensively in all kinds of weather.

Granted, they don't have a lot of winter road maintenance equipment, but not much equipment is needed for an inch of light snow. Also, snowfalls don't often come out of nowhere. There are usually a couple of days notice. Why don't they prepare for what is coming with road salt, sand, equipment, etc.? Maybe funds are being misdirected.

I've driven in and around Atlanta several times, and there are no more Rambo drivers there than there are here. Sure, we have localized road grid-lock causing delays at times - but it's usually after several inches of snow and ice have caused some crazy driver to spin out and take others out with him.

A light snowfall of 1"-2" should only be a slight disruption - not a gridlock event shutting down a city and making national news. MN does not make the national news 40-50 times during the winter season because of a dusting of snow.

Help me understand.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby BettyDee » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:44 pm

Maybe I can help, Don. If I understood right, there is ice on the roads. If it's anything like here, (and I think we get a little more than Atlanta), drivers honestly don't know how to drive on the ice. I don't, so I just don't do it because I am scared. You can read how, be told how, etc., and even slow down, but if you don't have practice...

Also, I am hearing they got quite a bit more snow accumulation than they expected. I know if we get two or three inches of snow here, it's a pretty big deal. Thankfully, it's usually gone by the next day, because as you said, we don't have equipment to remove it.

Along with that, though, comes the structure of roads, etc. We don't have drainage ditches for rain because they're not needed. Three or four inches of rain can easily flood our streets, and usually does on the rare occasions when we get that much at once. Maybe something with the infrastructure of Atlanta is adding to it as well. I dunno.
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:01 pm

After seeing more videos from Atlanta today I now realize that the roads were/are a sheet of ice. Nobody can drive anywhere on that stuff.

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:45 am

Drive carefully!.....wait, make that WALK circumspectly! :shock:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm0ywsD9V88#t=0

Guardian angels must have ended up a bit black and blue protecting these folks! :P
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Postby Verna » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:59 pm

Glad you're back, Betty!

I'm so glad we didn't get the snow Atlanta got! We got one inch of crusty snow that caused my sweetie and me to enjoy a whole day of being inside together! I cooked--I always love to do that when it snows.
It's still icy in the shade, but by Saturday, when it gets up to 60 or so, even that should be gone.

A little memory here of the potty we called the "slop jar." When I was a preteen, my family had a cabin on our church's campground in Kentucky, and that was our "indoor plumbing." Mom would not let me go out at night after the evening service to play with the "big kids," who would get in a huge circle and play games like "drop the handkerchief." But . . . I could prevail on her to let me empty the pot--which nobody else wanted to do. I would empty it in the large bathroom, then hide it behind a bush and join hands with the big kids.
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:17 pm

Oh, Verna, I remember the fun when we littler kids got to watch, and sometimes even join in, when the big Luther Leaguers had an outing at someone's farm. If I could recall the names of some of those games they played, what a fun trip down memory lane! "Last couple out" was another of those circle games, and this time we tried to guess which of the couples might actually be sweethearts. :wink:

Does anyone else recall other such games?
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Postby Verna » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:27 pm

Edy, I know the teens found great fun in playing children's games in a huge group. One game they played was London Bridges. Daddy was a preacher, so I got to go to camp meeting, conference, children's camp, and youth camp. It made for a lovely summer. I couldn't wait to see my friends in those summers.It was Ohio campground till I was 11, and then it was Kentucky. Then next it was SC camp. I remember when I was about 10, a little boy my age kissed me on the cheek and someone took our picture and wanted to send a copy to my house. I said, "Oh no, you can't do that! My mother would kill me!" Now I wonder if that picture is in anyone's box of old pictures--and who that boy was! I know one little boyfriend I had at the camp when I was aged six or so who would sit outside our cabin and cry when I got a spanking, and I'd do the same for him. I met him again when I went to college, and we dated for a while. Life takes funny turns!
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:08 pm

Verna wrote:
... I know one little boyfriend I had at the camp when I was aged six or so who would sit outside our cabin and cry when I got a spanking, and I'd do the same for him. I met him again when I went to college, and we dated for a while. Life takes funny turns!


Oh, that is so precious, Verna! It would move an entire theater to tears to see that portrayed in a movie. Another story to write.... :(

We had close to a blizzard, in our fair city, this morning. When I went out early to shovel, the north wind was so strong, it just blew the snow back in my face. So I only did a shovel-wide path and gave up until things settled down, later. The snow piles are so high, it is a good workout trying to throw the snow high enough so it doesn't just roll back down where it was. :roll:

Temperatures for the past two days have been quite moderate, but cold is coming back tonight, last I heard.

Don, how are you surviving in your neck of the woods?
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Edy wrote:


We had close to a blizzard, in our fair city, this morning. When I went out early to shovel, the north wind was so strong, it just blew the snow back in my face. So I only did a shovel-wide path and gave up until things settled down, later. The snow piles are so high, it is a good workout trying to throw the snow high enough so it doesn't just roll back down where it was. :roll:

Temperatures for the past two days have been quite moderate, but cold is coming back tonight, last I heard.

Don, how are you surviving in your neck of the woods?


I'm about ready to sell my sled dogs and hire a helicopter to lift me up out of the frozen snow fort known as home. I've run out of food, my well went dry, my cars won't start, my furnace froze up, and my once-warm-bed has ice all over it. It's so cold electricity won't even flow through the wires.

February 2 is Ground Hog Day. If that flea-infested rodent says we will have six more weeks of winter, then, I'm gonna wring its rotten little neck.

I'm more than ready for a nice warm ocean beach where palm trees sway and flying fishes play. *sigh*

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:41 am

Here's a thought....

I wonder if there is a tasty grilling recipe for BBQ ground hog? Yumm!

If so, then it might not show up next year to annoy us with that "six-more-weeks-of-winter" stuff.

Hmmm..."Phil-On-The-Grill". That's got a nice ring to it, wouldn't you say? 8)

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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby ready2go » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:15 am

Speaking of winter...

Last fall several people asked me if I was going south for the winter.

Two of my neighbors even asked if I was going to sell out and move south.

I think everyone is anxious to get rid of me. :?

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Postby BeachGrandma » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:15 am

While angry, selfish men fight their needless battles, it's the innocent who suffer most:

http://www.godvine.com/Baby-Miraculousl ... 01/31/2014

Please watch this.
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Postby BettyDee » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:58 pm

Wow, Mariane, that is an amazing video! Kind of gives you hope for all of us, doesn't it? They worked so hard to free that baby.

It's nice enough here I am going to do a little yard work. Better get busy. Y'all behave!
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Postby ready2go » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:22 pm

BettyDee wrote:Wow, Mariane, that is an amazing video! Kind of gives you hope for all of us, doesn't it? They worked so hard to free that baby.

It's nice enough here I am going to do a little yard work. Better get busy. Y'all behave!


Yard work? I would have to dig down a long ways to even find my yard...and that would be a lot of work. :roll:

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