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Week of 1 February 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 7 February 2010 2:20 p.m.


Monday, 1 February 2010

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The main roads this morning were fair to bad, the side roads awful. No problems getting in. I had a 5:30 hair cut appointment but changed it to 2pm. After I left there I went to my folks house. By this afternoon the main roads were dry or wet from melting snow but the side streets had not been cleared. Dad and I went by the Toyota body shop to get a good look at the car and get a few things we left the other morning during the quick transfer of stuff. The left side from the driver door to the headlight is bashed in as is all the fender and the left side of the hood.

We then went on to the grocery store. We have more bad weather possible tonight and later on this week. Here are some pictures from this past Saturday and Sunday.


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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

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The main roads were mostly clear this morning with a cold rain falling. The side roads were still pretty bad. It has rained pretty much all day with temperatures staying in the high 30's. We did not get any significant ice/freezing rain/sleet/snow as predicted.

I have been very, very busy since getting back to work especially since I left early yesterday. The body shop called today. Dad's car will be ready by Friday. It was mostly fenders and sheet metal, no major damage. I have stopped playing "what if" and beating myself up about what happened. I have been playing Monday morning quarterbacking and 20/20 hindsight since Saturday. I do know, had I been in one of the Troopers it most likely would not have happened.



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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

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I used 4-wheel to get up the drive than put it back two. There were patches of black ice here and there.

Last night I finished the Jance. Tonight I will start another Sister Frevisse. I am taking short lunches to make up for leaving early on Monday. I used my half hour to eat quickly  and then took a quick walk since it was so nice outside. On to the Y after work.

Starting with the snail mail on Monday, I've had three solicitations from lawyers and one chiropractor who got my name from the accident report. I imagine dad has had that many or more.  My mom even got one since the cop put all three of us on the accident report for some reason. Bunch of ambulance chasers.

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

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Starting sometime in February 1960, I was five years old, it snowed every Wednesday through March including 12 inches on March 9th. In the middle of all this snow my sister was born. The reason I bring this up...snow/sleet/freezing rain/ are forecast again for tomorrow. This make three or four Friday's in a row we've had bad weather.

With the bad weather coming on Friday's those of us who work M-F have not had to miss work unless they have kids. We were just talking with our neighbor. They have an 8 year old son. Both them have jobs that allow them to be flexible enough to share the staying home duties. With more bad weather predicted for tomorrow he was telling us this elaborate plan between them and another mother nearby they are friends with to cover the day if the kids are out of school again.

We have been watching more Pie In the Sky, George Gently, and New Tricks.

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Friday 5 February 2010

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We had another couple of inches on the ground when we got up this morning. Once I got out to the main roads things were slushy. By the time I made to downtown it was just raining very hard. We've had 3 1/2 inches of snow/rain since today. Mid day they canceled the winter storm watch and put up flood warnings. With all the rain and snow plus the saturated ground the water has no where to go. Tonight the winds are supposed to be howling making it possible for trees to come down.

There were very few people made it in this morning. A lot of our employees live west and north of Winston. They got about 7 inches of snow and then some ice and sleet on top of that. I had intended to leave around 4 but one of the attorneys I help  when our secretary is out needed me to do some things. I got caught up on a lot of work in between helping him. I finally took off about 4:30. There was very little traffic on the roads even then.

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

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Off and on snow showers today. The sun has been out off and on with temperatures in the mid 30's. Lot's of melting today but everything will refreeze tonight.

I've kept busy doing little indoor projects for most of the day. I had Malcolm out earlier to play. Once the snow all melts it will be a mucky, wet mess back there even where I have grass. Perhaps this afternoon some reading and watching golf.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

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I gave Bob a haircut this morning before starting on the weekly house cleaning chores.  I showered, dressed, and walked Malcolm then went to the drugstore and over to my folks house for lunch and a visit.

It is a beautiful day, t-shirt weather for me, with temperatures in the 40's. I had Malcolm out to play when I got back home. Looks like it will be awhile before the Bilbrey's will be seeing the ground up there in Maryland.  Gosh, what a lot of snow.

Time to read and relax, maybe watch a little golf.

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