snowpocalypse

Tips on dealing with major snowstorms, from the professionals of Downeast Maine

The Bangor, Maine police have some good advice for folks not used to major snowstorms (hi, USA mid-Atlantic states!):

1. Don't panic. It's just frozen rain. It does go away so don't try to move too much at one time.
2. Don't shovel too early and don't wait too long. Pace yourself. Go out every few hours and move a little at a time. It can hurt your back, arms and legs. You always wonder why we all walk funny. It is not because of the clam chowder.
3. Heart attacks in big snow storms are rather common. Help out your neighbor who is older, out of shape or that has known health problems. Helping them move some snow (better yet, let your offspring do it) is better than calling EMS while you are doing CPR. Seriously.

The full list is on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153904589291079&id=227432866078

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keep calm garcia

About as close as I ever want to get ...

... to a bomb-squad robot in the wild:
BOSTON (CBS) – An area of Atlantic Ave. in Boston was shut down as bomb technicians blew up a suspicious suitcase left by an unknown man next to a Homeland Security vehicle.

The suitcase could be seen Friday morning on the ground next to a police SUV on Atlantic Ave.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the bag was left by an unidentified man who then quickly left the area. Police say the man is not a suspect, but they want to talk to him about why he left the suitcase behind.

A bomb robot picked the item up and carried it across the street. A short time later the suitcase was blown up on the side of the road.

Evans said that when technicians used an x-ray to look inside the suitcase, wires and a power source could be seen.

Police do not believe there were any explosive items inside, but decided to do a controlled detonation.


http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/12/04/boston-atlantic-ave-suspicious-package-suitcase-seaport-boulevard/?cid=twitter_cbsboston

FYI, this is literally across the street from my Current Paying Gig. That "controlled detonation" was pretty loud; fortunately, apart from traffic backups, no lasting damage appears to have happened.

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vote at your own risk

Election Day!

Today is Election Day in much of the US, although not for me personally.

However, if you happen to have the chance to cast a ballot today, please do so, no matter how well or how ill your politics and mine happen to match up.

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me at star

That's a bad omen ...

This morning there was frost on my windshield, for the first time this season.

That's not the bad omen.

The bad omen was the fact that the train two trains ahead of mine this morning ... died. In the single-track stretch (at South Acton station, in fact). Which meant that the train immediately ahead of mine had to tie onto the dead train and push it all the way into North Station. Which also meant that my train was stuck behind this mess all the way in. Which meant my train was an hour late this morning. Just to make matters worse, the train before the dead train also had mechanical problems and ran about twenty minutes late. And the train I rode home departed North Station four minutes late (although they were able to make up the time en route).

Keolis (the private outfit contracted to run the MBTA's commuter rail) rather spectacularly failed to handle this past winter's record snowfall; there was a five-week stretch where two-thirds of the trains I rode were late. Supposedly they spent the summer fixing old locomotives, leasing spare locomotives, and loading up on spare parts. But if the equipment can't handle cold weather now, we're doomed come January.

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me at star

One year post-surgery

My knee surgery (to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon) was one year ago today.

I'm almost back to where I was before rupturing the tendon, as far as leg strength and mobility are concerned. My knee isn't quite at full strength (especially when nearly fully extended), so walking on uneven terrain can still be an adventure. On the other hand, with the help of a pair of trekking poles I successfully hiked the two-mile main trail through the town forest this afternoon. (Typical Massachusetts forest trail: granite ledges, exposed tree roots, and random rocks left over from the last glaciation. Not great footing, in other words.)

Also, the last year of walking as much as possible has had a pleasant side effect. When I first went to see my doctor about the knee (back when I thought it was only sprained), I weighed just shy of 275 pounds. Yesterday, at my regular physical, I was down to 255.

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me at star

Tornado warning!

Well, shit! Lookit what the National Weather Service has posted for my neck of the woods!
TORNADO WARNING
MAC017-027-041830-
/O.NEW.KBOX.TO.W.0008.150804T1807Z-150804T1830Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
207 PM EDT TUE AUG 4 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
  NORTHEASTERN WORCESTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS...
  NORTH CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...

* UNTIL 230 PM EDT

* AT 206 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
  CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
  OVER LEOMINSTER...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  LOWELL...LEOMINSTER...FITCHBURG...BILLERICA...CHELMSFORD...
  WESTFORD...ACTON...CONCORD...CLINTON...BEDFORD...TYNGSBOROUGH...
  GROTON...LUNENBURG...LITTLETON...LANCASTER...STERLING...AYER...
  SHIRLEY...STOW AND HARVARD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! DO NOT WAIT TO SEE THE TORNADO. GO TO A BASEMENT OR
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING...AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF IN A VEHICLE...A MOBILE HOME OR OUTDOORS...GET TO THE
CLOSEST SHELTER. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 4242 7177 4254 7183 4269 7140 4249 7127
TIME...MOT...LOC 1806Z 253DEG 42KT 4250 7173
$$

KJC




Hopefully this won't actually spawn any tornadoes. Because it would really suck to take the train home and not find a home there :-(.

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vote at your own risk

My Hugo ballot is in!

This year's Hugo Award ballot is open. Last month, I started reading my way through the Hugo Awards voter's packet. Given the fact that so many of the nominees made it onto the ballot via the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies slate nomination campaigns; given the fact that I despise slate nominations as a Hugo nominations tactic; and given how utterly infuriated I was at Vox Day's pushing his own press (Castalia House) so blatantly, I decided to vote for No Award above:
- any non-Puppy nominee that was not, in my opinion, at least good enough for a Hugo nomination in a "normal" year
- any Puppy nominee (apart from the Castalia House nominees) that was not, in my opinion, truly great
- any Castalia House nominee that was not, in my opinion, utterly and mind-blowingly excellent

And my votes go to ... An awful lot of No Award, alas.
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summer house

Home from Star!

I'm back from another fun week on Star Island. Had some fun singing, had some fun dancing, had a lot of good food and some good conversation. I even had the chance to do a bit of photography and will hopefully have links in the near future.

And, unlike last year, I made it through without rupturing any tendons! (Star is wonderful for many things, but is not a fun place to find oneself suddenly on crutches.) My knee held up quite well, despite the seriously uneven terrain of the island (and my room being on the second floor of Gosport House, which meant many more stairs than I would have preferred).

Now it's time for laundry, grocery shopping, showers, and other bits of domesticity before returning to work on Monday ...

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