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Ruh-roh [Updated]

[Editor's note: This post will make a lot more sense if you've been a long time reader. Sorry if you're not, this is just too insidery funny to pass up.] 

*This picture* explains all the nails-on-blackboard screeching I've been getting on the Castle Communicator.  I thought it was sunspots, except we're apparently still in a Maunder Minimum, so...  Turns out it was Bad Cat Robot, apparently busy doing arcane calculations on her blackboard.   She lives in the Pacific Northwest, near the coast, *precisely* because... she.hates.snow.  When she's really annoyed, she neglects to retract her clawz.

cold-flight-line.jpgThe first snowfall of the season at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 22, 2010, covered the aircraft and the flightline in a sea of white. Despite the snowfall, McChord Airmen worked to generate five sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson)

Now things have gone strangely silent.  And a *quiet* self-aware misbehaving felinoid automaton with the stated goal of being the Evil Overlord of the Universe is, well, worrisome. 

All the climate scientists in the world aren't going to be able to stop BCR if she decides Glowball Warming is the answer to Never.Being.Snowed.On.Again.  She believes in terraforming, not moving.

Update:  Prestonius found the following photograph.  While not of BCR herself, this mis-labeled photo does show one of BCRs minions testing the anti-snow implantable hover device. 

The photographer's remains were later found distributed throughout litterboxes in the Puget Sound area.  BCR does not like snoopy photogs.  Prestonious better be caref*gaaaaaaaaackkkkk*....


Despite the snowfall, McChord Airmen worked to generate five sorties.

In laymen's terms, they got five airplanes launched.

Five.   Freakin'.   Airplanes.

What'd they do, clean the runways off with a toothbrush?
Well, don't forget, they had to use the toothbrushes to clean with wings 'n stuff, too.
The whole time I was stationed at Ft Lewis I saw snow exactly one time....for like 5 hours.

They shut down the installation and sent us home. By the time we got setteled at home the snow had turned back to rain and they recalled us all back.

I'll never forget it because on my way back one of my neighbors was watering his lawn. In the rain.
The real problem is we have only one snowplow.  For the whole area.  And government officials who are worried about putting salt in salt water.  And refugee Californians who firmly believe buying an SUV exempts them from the laws of physics.

I'm not going to putz around with terraforming.  The Sun is getting an electromagnetic enema until it sees the error of its ways.
I'm not going to putz around with terraforming. The Sun is getting an electromagnetic enema until it sees the error of its ways.

That's just terraforming in an unsubtle fashion there, BCR...
Hey BCR, we in the Great White North also have problems with people that buy 4WD vehicles and then expect them to stop in slick conditions.

They start all right, if you take it slow, but going from 60-to-0 or even 35-to-0 in snowy conditions doesn't occur any faster with 4WD than with ordinary vehicles.

If they had the brains to shift to first and let the engine jake brake then the 4WD would stop faster, but most people only remember their non-Drive gears after they are stuck in mud or a snow drift.

D*mn screwed up Internet Proxy system reported that the first attempt didn't go through. After checking the entry and only seeing John's comment added I tried again and get a double post. Grrr.

I already took care of it, TT.  Boq - ya need ta try again, mi amigo.
Let's try again...

An old classmate of mine was stationed in Ft. Lewis for predeployment back in '08, and apparently they got a snowstorm.  He being a PRNG, this was a special treat for him, and apparently for Ft. Lewis also.

Pictures: HERE and HERE
I can easily think of a LOT MORE appropriate entities to give an electromagnetic enema than the Sun.  Just sayin'...
But, BCR, where ya gonna stick the nozzle?

Even though we get a fair amount of snow every year, people never seem to remember how to drive on it on that first I stay indoors...and then go out to the mall at night and do donuts. That is a lot of fun.

This ain't Colorado but a few years ago we had a total one season accumulation of over 10 feet. You see the weather pattern here in NJ is to take the Atlantic Ocean and put it in my driveway in the form of white toxic waste.
Yo, Bill...

How many sorties were on the schedule?
First Day of Sliding. Seems we have it ever couple of weeks the last couple of years.  I try not to go out on the roads then, either.
I wondered if Bill's snark wasn't going to lure Dusty down from the rafters...
Oh goodie, yet another contract to be let on my hide. As the leaked photo indicates we have eyes everywhere (he says cautiously looking over his shoulder). Remember my troops are massed on the border living in preparation for the signal to advance, under the cover of a snow storm of course.
Jes' tryin' to keep him honest...

I was there 2 days after that storm came thought, BTW. Very unusual conditions for Seattle. Got there Thanksgiving Eve (24th). Taxiing in was a tad squirrley, even in a heavy jet like ours. The limo driver that took me to the hotel said the traffic snarl was so bad after the initial snow dump on the metro area Interstates that some people didn't get home until the next morning. Yeah, you read that right...and it was cooooold (for Seattle) on Thanksgiving Day. 
<Just flying under the radar, I hope!> As kids, my Father would say when we did something wrong, "I don't know whether to my foot down or up..."  I think the pictured cat answered the question, landing with tail straight up and trying to get its snow treads on.
And speaking of cold,  I am glad to see that a few intrepid fellow 'Ricans are finally building Fireplaces in their homes.  Granted, they live in places like the town of Adjuntas, where temps at night during winter can plunge to the 30's.  The all time record low was set about ten years ago at 28º.

And you all thought that there was nothing but sweltering heat back home.

The video: HERE (My apologies to the language challenged, though the visuals speak for themselves)
I grew up in a Midwestern university town that was small enough for me to walk almost everywhere I needed to go. As a matter of personal survival, license plate recognition was a must. Every winter we had an ongoing comedy routine we called 'Texans on Ice'. It involved full-sized, RWD pick-up trucks and mashing the gas pedal to the floor. This wasn't confined to parking lots.

Reminds me of the Rip Torn character in Dodgeball.
 I lived in Ponce for 7 years. Laughed at MIL Christmas 85, when she had a sweater on.{ I'd arrived from Sandyeggo the day before. @ years later, I was dying if it got below 75 at night. Came back to Cape Cod in 92, July 23.Raining and 67. I'm still not thawed out. I miss El Tuque mucho mas que me tengo palabras, Sorry for my Spanish. No "Practical" for too many years.