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In Like a Lion

Posted by pjsauter on March 2, 2015
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On behalf of everybody in the Northeast, I would like to bid a not so fond farewell the month of February, 2015 – for many of us the coldest month ever. Not that things are shaping up especially great so far for the month of March. We began ours with a low of -6° here yesterday morning, and of course it snowed. Only a couple of inches, I guess, and there was more snow for the ride to work this morning (I’ll probably have to plow the driveway when I get home) but we’re supposed to reach what passes for a summer-like high of 27 this afternoon – which is double-digits below what it’s supposed to be this time of year. On the bright side, they’re currently calling for a high of 37 on Wednesday which, if it holds true, will be the first time above freezing since January 29th and the warmest it’s been around here since January 18th. And then down to 0 with a high of 18 on Thursday.

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Triskelion Blues

Posted by pjsauter on February 26, 2015
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They finally got the heat pump in my office ceiling replaced, and I was able to come back to work (not happily, I might add) on Tuesday. So it’s no longer hotter than hell in there. In fact it’s f*cking cold. Or it is whenever the thermostat – located in the conference room next door – calls for cooling. See, we have what I’m guessing is a 6″ (maybe 8″) supply duct for our office, and it really cranks out the cold air. I hate to complain, lest they roast me come summer (assuming we ever have a summer around here, which I’m starting to doubt). Why I can’t just work from home every day (barring having to attend some stupid meeting or other – which are much fewer and farther between than with my old job, and more often than not if I have to attend a meeting, I can just call in) is beyond me. But whatever.

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Another Week

Posted by pjsauter on February 23, 2015
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And so, another week begins. After a rather pleasant day yesterday (or what passes for a pleasant day this year – it was sunny off and on and it got all the way up to 25°) not only is it really f*cking cold this morning, but we hit our high temp for the day around midnight and it’s been getting gradually colder ever since. We’re down to five (above) right now and they say it’l get down to something like -12 overnight. We haven’t actually been above freezing since back in January. With an average temperature of less than 10° so far, this is not only the coldest February of all time, but with the forecast for the rest of this week, it appears this will be the coldest month since they started keeping records around here back in 1902. Not the snowiest February ever, though it looks like it’ll be in the top three at least. And no relief in sight.

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Enough Already

Posted by pjsauter on February 21, 2015
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It’s supposed to get all the way up to 25° today! And as punishment, we’re also supposed to get another 6″ of snow. . Since being over three feet below average at the end of January, we have now gotten over four feet of snow in February and we’re now about two inches over our average for the season. And that’s in Syracuse – I have no way to tell what we’ve gotten here, except to say we’re feeling a little claustrophobic.

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Good News, Bad News

Posted by pjsauter on February 19, 2015
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Cold as it’s been around here, my office at work has been miserably hot. This isn’t something the powers that be would actually give a crap about, except that the heat pump that cools my office also cools the main conference room – and heaven forbid it should be hot in there. So the building management finally ordered a new one (heat pump that is) and they were scheduled to put it in yesterday. Since it happens to be located in the ceiling over my office, I was banished to work from home yesterday (broke my heart). The only problem with that is I had to go to the dentist who happens to be about a quarter of a mile from where I work, so I had to do the 40 mile round trip over there anyway. Still beats going to the office, though.

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This Kinda Sucks

Posted by pjsauter on February 15, 2015
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It was one degree above zero earlier this morning. Unfortunately, that was our high temperature for the day. It’s all downhill from here down to two below at the moment. Plus, it’s really windy, so the windchill right now is about -27°. All the churches are even closing today. That’s gotta mean quite a loss of revenue what with Sunday being their big day. Pretty piss-poor planning on God’s part – not a very intelligent design.

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A Brief Respite

Posted by pjsauter on February 10, 2015
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Back at the end of January, I think I mentioned that Syracuse had three fewer feet of snow than is normal for this time of year (38″ to be exact). Well, that’s changed. We’re now seven inches below average – in other words, in 10 days or so we’ve gotten 31″ of snow.

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Crappy End to the Work Week

Posted by pjsauter on February 7, 2015
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Well, this week is finally coming to an end. After getting through the first few months of winter relatively unscathed (though a bit cold), things have taken a turn for the worse around here. Especially at my house. I had to plow the driveway on Wednesday morning, again when I got home that night, once again yesterday morning (we had at least a foot of snow – maybe more) and damned if I didn’t have to do it again when I got home. Since last weekend, I would venture to guess we’ve gotten somewhere around three feet of snow. The snowbanks by the driveway are a lot taller than I am, and I was mid-thigh deep in it trying to walk around in the front yard last night (looking for Bud, who now finds it ridiculously easy to walk over the fence, the little bastard). Plus, other than one day of sunshine and 30’ish degrees, it’s been really fucking cold and windy, too.

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Fun Start to the Work Week

Posted by pjsauter on February 1, 2015
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It has been a tough couple of weeks for me, mainly because I haven’t had a beer in over two weeks (16 days to be exact – not that I’m counting). Last week was especially difficult because the little grocery store in the village had my brand on sale for $12.99 a 12-pack, which is a very good price. It was depressing to pass that up. In fact, this whole experience has been extremely depressing – not quite as bad as when your dog dies, but pretty close. I’d like to say that I’m doing this for health reasons (which for most people would probably be the prime motivator), but, frankly, it’s financial. I had a look at last years expenses vs. income, and my 2014 cashflow was most decidedly negative. A lot of that was automobile related – between the efforts to fix my aging Hyundai (I really regret fixing that exhaust leak) and then putting a fairly substantial down payment on my new car, I was in the hole.

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Nor’easter

Posted by pjsauter on January 26, 2015
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The bad news is that there is what looks like a nasty Nor’easter headed up the east coast. Two or three feet of snow, 50 mph winds – oh, and it’s frickin’ cold out there. The good news is that none of that shit is gonna hit here where I live (except the goddamn cold). They say we’ll get maybe four inches of snow here today and a little more tomorrow. New York City isn’t gonna be so lucky (sorry, Sue). In fact a fleet of our spare snowplows are headed Downstate right now.

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