Friday, December 01, 2006

Could Have Been Worse...


Our little corner of Missouri faired better than the rest of the state, relatively speaking from this ginormous snow storm.

The torrential neverending toad strangler of rain FINALLY quit around 9 pm last night.
A full 24 hours of non-stop rain...over 7 inches around here. It briefly turned to sleet for a couple of hours there at the end, coating everything in a bumpy layer ice.
The flood water did get into the road and for a short time creeped into my yard, but thankfully it didn't get any further. Further down our little country road is trashed with flood debris and erosion and parts are still under water. Yep, won't be taking that way out for quite awhile.
The snow started up around 10 pm and by dawn all we had was barely an inch. Hardly covered the ground, but boy howdy, it's COLD!!
Much to the credit of the electric co-op, we didn't lose power. It did blink-enough to make any electronic stuff in the house start flashing. But compared to some places that still don't have power- We're damn lucky.

I guess we were just south enough that the air took longer to chill down, so we got all that as rain mostly. I shudder to think what it could have been IF it had all fell as ice and snow. Holy Crap! We wouldn't have been able to get out of the house!
But either way, we're stuck here for awhile. I've been told that the hiways and paved roads are clear and drivable...it's just getting to them from here that will be the hard part!!
Y'all up in Chicago and such are getting this crap today...good luck to ya, it's a doozy!

In a totally unrelated note, I hear it's Global AIDS Day.
Yippie.
I see the war on AIDS is going about as well as the War on Poverty.
The CDC estimates that there are about 800,000 people in the US infected with AIDS.
However, there are nearly 3 MILLION people infected with Hepatitis C in this country alone. And yet, it doesn't have a special day of it's own where politicians and experts schedule conferences and publicity "awareness" events.

2 words: Squeaky Wheel.

And since one of the biggest group of folks infected with Hep C tend to be middle class, middle age white guys, I guess that makes them even less important. Afterall, white guys are evil, right? They deserved it.

6 Comments:

Blogger Cookie..... said...

Hey there WTR...glad t'see y'all made it through OK and with little discomfort. We're awaitin fer it to hit our area very shortly...fact its started already..and the wind gusts are supposed to be 60+...

...and hey...where's National Diabetes Day...why don't I have a special day...oh..thats right...middle class (but not middle aged) white guy...sorry.

12/01/2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lemuel Calhoon said...

Glad you pulled through OK. Enjoy a few days off while the roads get fixed.

Mull some wine, pop some corn and kick back.

12/01/2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

"Squeaky Wheel" = emotional blackmail. I saw firsthand how the gays used guilt to manipulate this in SF.

7 inches in 24 hours? 7 inches of rain = 7 feet of snow. You're lucky but I bet they get that in the north.

12/02/2006 12:24 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

How about a national HOT FLASH days for all us aging women.

They could pass out marshmallows, sing KumBaYa.. and roast them on my raging hormones

12/02/2006 1:56 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

I think the national Hot Flash day was the day before this storm hit, Pam. It got up to almost 72 here! : )
It's that dang Gorbal Worming, El Nino, La Raza, Gore Vidal or whatever they're calling it that's causing it.
Of course my gran'ma, who was old school tinhat, blamed it on NASA and their moon expeditions. That one works for me.
Somebody's to blame!
; )

12/02/2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Patrick,
Yep. That's what I was thinkin' while it was raining-Good God, what if this WAS ALL SNOW?! I used the 1 inch=1 foot rule of thumb telling that to the younguns.
They didn't see it as a blessing in disguise-they wanted the snow! Good lord, we would have had to crawl thru the attic window to get out of the house! Assuming the house just didn't collapse from the weight!

When Bill was dying from Hep C I found all kinds of statistics that shocked me. And I get more and more annoyed at how the AIDS/HIV worshippers get all the press. Even arthritis research gets more than Hep C-way more! When was the last time anyone died of arthritis?!!
(Yeah, I'm bitter.)

12/02/2006 8:29 AM  

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