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Old 13-02-2017, 12:30   #1
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Today, we're experiencing what has to be the opposite of cruising the Med.... moving snow in New England.

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I would have given anything for a bobcat today! It's on my short list to get one before next winter.

Two feet of snow isn't bad. Four feet of slush from the road, frozen at the foot of the driveway, is.

The plow crews have a new strategy in our town. They don't plow the road when the snow is dry. They salt it and wait for several inches of slush to develop, then hit that with the plow.

They've discovered that they can get much more range with this method, filling in driveways up to 15-20 feet from the road, rather than just at the end. And when it freezes it's like concrete.

Then they use the wing plows to grab the snow/slush pile from yesterday off the lawn, and slam it back into the driveway.

It's always great to see someone get so much enjoyment from their job!
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Getting the Bobcat was my wife's idea twelve years ago.
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I don't know what to say. I thought you lived downtown in some major metropolis?
It's OK to just dump the snow across the street?
Snow is for the most part out of my experience although I had more than I wanted in Germany, Bosnia and Korea.
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Say what you like about stinky waste cans in the bathrooms in Mexico, at least we have no snow
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Looks like a lovely winter day. You’re a lucky man Ken
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I don't know how you guys do it, it was 78 here in S Ga. today.
Gonna turn cold this weekend though, lows in the 50's I think
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I don't know what to say. I thought you lived downtown in some major metropolis?
It's OK to just dump the snow across the street?
Snow is for the most part out of my experience although I had more than I wanted in Germany, Bosnia and Korea.
Whoville City center is just down the street 300 meters away. Like on Sesame Street, we get along with all the neighbors. In fact, I even work at one of the hospitals owned by the company located across the street where I'm piling the snow.
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I don't know how you guys do it, it was 78 here in S Ga. today.
Gonna turn cold this weekend though, lows in the 50's I think
Wind chill is 1 above zero degrees F right now with blowing snow. It's the price I pay to live in Italy and Croatia six months per year.
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Fortunately, the lot next to mine is owned but the city. They bring a bobcat by and clear my sidewalks every time it snows.

Finally, tangible evidence of my tax dollars at work!!
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ha ha ha ha ha
i see folks whining about snow and immediately think "he" has a choice.
didnt choose correctly.
oops.
you could be enjoying comfort and lack of white heavy stuff
but, then you would not be able to show off your lovely ancient bobcat.
i prefer my bobcats that have tails and a voice and fur.
have fun with winter.. here winter is perfect climate.
tacos are inexpensive also
flip flops year round without frostbite. beaches are not frozen.
hahahahaha
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Today, we're experiencing what has to be the opposite of cruising the Med.... moving snow in New England.

Yep that's a long way from blissfully sitting at anchor in an ancient harbor. Curious how the mighty Oyster came through the season. How much to fix during the winter layup?
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Yep that's a long way from blissfully sitting at anchor in an ancient harbor. Curious how the mighty Oyster came through the season. How much to fix during the winter layup?
Not much, just some davit repair work, routine stuff like engine service, genset service, install an additional battery charger and rewire a few internals. Mostly getting ahead of potential issues, all of which will be handled by a friend and I during the first two weeks. New jibs and the final seven thru hulls will be replaced.

The only unscheduled repairs encountered last season was a generator failure due to some faulty sensors (all four) and the deep freeze working on only one compressor. It still did the job, but now the O ring has been fixed and the coolant replaced (100 euros) and the Westerbeke sensors were replaced last summer. I also purchased a spare Frigoboat compressor off a fellow cruiser here on CF.... we're always trying to stay ahead of issues. We'll also be bringing over spare starter motors for both engines and complete sets of hoses to be replaced.
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ha ha ha ha ha
i see folks whining about snow and immediately think "he" has a choice.
didnt choose correctly.
oops.
you could be enjoying comfort and lack of white heavy stuff
but, then you would not be able to show off your lovely ancient bobcat.
i prefer my bobcats that have tails and a voice and fur.
have fun with winter.. here winter is perfect climate.
tacos are inexpensive also
flip flops year round without frostbite. beaches are not frozen.
hahahahaha
That's funny. We see people worrying about approaching hurricanes and think the same thing.... ha ha ha ha ha "she/he" has a choice... "didn't choose correctly. Oops."

Italy is only two months away.

I think the ideal situation would be a 42-45 ft catamaran stationed in the Caribbean to be enjoyed from November-April, then keep our present boat for the Med. May- the end of October. No desire to cruise Mexico, I'll see it again next month via a cruise ship.

As much as I hate snow, living here allows me to live in paradise the other six months of the year.

P.S. I hate street tacos.
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Ahh Ken,
Compared to the Canadian prairie country your still living in the banana belt. As a kid we played hockey on out door rinks and games were not cancelled unless it was -15 F, now if it's below plus 75 I'm freezing my butt off. Have a great year back on the Med and say hi to your bride from both of us. R
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