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Unread postby Shaved-Nudist » 28 January 2019, 15:08

The sun came out today even though it is 12F outside.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 28 January 2019, 16:17

Same here, it was sunny, looked beautifully warm out! :awesome:




It wasn't :blargh:



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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 January 2019, 10:45

Huge clumps of snow are falling and I have plans to go out in it. :keke:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Stardust » 29 January 2019, 10:50

Brenden wrote:Huge clumps of snow are falling and I have plans to go out in it. :keke:


I love the snow but I have to drive along the motorway later, I haven't dared look outside yet this morning :noes:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 January 2019, 10:56

Stardust wrote:
Brenden wrote:Huge clumps of snow are falling and I have plans to go out in it. :keke:

I love the snow but I have to drive along the motorway later, I haven't dared look outside yet this morning :noes:

Driving in most snow conditions isn’t so bad if you just take it slow and get a sense for how the snow affects turning and breaking. The motorways in England are especially good because the road surface is rougher than in most countries (including, oddly, Scotland).
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 29 January 2019, 14:55

Have plans for skiing this weekend. This time I'll take my laptop in case I get stuck in the mountains. I'll just stay and ski another day.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 29 January 2019, 18:26

Brenden wrote:
Stardust wrote:
Brenden wrote:Huge clumps of snow are falling and I have plans to go out in it. :keke:

I love the snow but I have to drive along the motorway later, I haven't dared look outside yet this morning :noes:

Driving in most snow conditions isn’t so bad if you just take it slow and get a sense for how the snow affects turning and breaking. The motorways in England are especially good because the road surface is rougher than in most countries (including, oddly, Scotland).

I actually love driving in the snow, it can be a harrowing experience, but never have I felt so thrilled driving, as I did last year, going to work in the early hours of the morning, one of the few people on the road, in fresh snow! I even had a terrifying 360 spin with a stop just at the roundabout :awesome: I nearly shat my pants, but I had this huge grin on my face after :rofl:

Work has made it clear that should it snow, they expect everyone to make their best effort to find a way in... :argh:

and you know? I'm really not surprised to hear our roads are that bad. I mean, the local council sent out leaflets recently, on how to "Fill in pot holes on your streets" :squint:

Isn't that what i pay road tax for? :rofl:

But in other news, I've had an offer on a modest flat accepted!!! :awesome:

I'm so excited! Well, Kinda excited, I'm practicing keeping my expectations in check and not getting ahead of myself yet, but I'm feeling maybe just the tiniest bit excited! (I'm pretty much lurching from excited, to stoic sensibleness and then back again :crazy: )
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 January 2019, 18:57

When I say rough, I mean it in a good way. As in, they intentionally made it so there’s more traction. England’s motorways are top notch. (The rest of the roads, however…)
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Unread postby PopTart » 29 January 2019, 19:23

Brenden wrote:When I say rough, I mean it in a good way. As in, they intentionally made it so there’s more traction. England’s motorways are top notch. (The rest of the roads, however…)

I thought you might have :P

There are still dodgy A roads about, but motorways are pretty good. It's surprising how you dont notice until you hit a part of the motorway that isnt as good.

That reminds me, i need to check my fluid levels and pressurise my tires... and clear out the rubbish... and maybe wash it... I really shouldn't own a car :P
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Unread postby xrayspex78 » 30 January 2019, 00:58

Sold a good amount of my records and audio equipment today. It’s been quite the success so far. Things are looking up and getting better. :)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 30 January 2019, 18:10

To learn to drive in the snow one should practice. My dad made me parallel park the damn car in the snow. I had a choice, learn to maneuver it though the snow into the parking spot with or without shoveling. I was the human snow plow for the sidewalks so shoving snow in the street was not appealing. Therefore I learnt to get that car in and out of the tightest parking spots in the shittiest of conditions. I still have that skill to date. In the case of my son we spent time in parking lots of the ski resorts practicing loosing control of the car (making it spin out) and then recovering. You want to get good at something - practice.

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 30 January 2019, 18:47

Fresh batteries in my prostrate toy. What can I say...
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 30 January 2019, 18:57

mxguy01 wrote:To learn to drive in the snow one should practice.

Not only is that tautological — to learn just about anything one needs practice — it’s not really possible where one only experiences snowy road conditions once or twice a year.
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Unread postby mxguy01 » 30 January 2019, 19:14

Brenden wrote:
mxguy01 wrote:To learn to drive in the snow one should practice.

Not only is that tautological — to learn just about anything one needs practice — it’s not really possible where one only experiences snowy road conditions once or twice a year.


So it makes sense to first just jump on snowy roads and give it a go? Nope. Because that would be quite dangerous for you and everyone else. You didn't learn the basics of driving by just jumping on the motorway. Nor does it make sense to learn what could be referred to as more advance (well at least better executed) driving skills.

One should then plan to set aside some time on such a day, 30 minutes or so should do it. Proceed to the nearest vacant lot (tends to be quite a few of them on snowy days because many will not venture out) or a portion of such. Easy as the local grocery store (substitute something appropriate for your geography as I should assume you have a grocery store with a parking lot).

But no, many people think they will automatically have the correct actions when time comes to a critical moment. Come on, even you will admit many people do just that when it comes to learning to drive in the snow. If that is your choice then I'd say you should instead choose an alternative means of transportation or choose to not go at all. Just dumping on the road under snowy conditions - in traffic - is how most get themselves into trouble.

You should also be prepared for the conditions. They require chains through the mountains. Actually IMO they should be required for anytime you are driving and the conditions of snow may require it. When there is sufficient snow on the ground (say more than 3") chains are a good idea to at least have on you. 4x4 helps but even I still carry chains.

So yes, I say just jumping onto a snow packed road, meaning with other traffic, without having any prior experience/practice is a bad idea. Simply my opinion for what it is worth.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 30 January 2019, 19:33

I have to say, that what you suggest Marty, sounds like a great idea, but I do have to agree with Brenden too, in that, snow is just so intermittent here. We only really get a good flurry (in most parts of the country) once or twice a year and it's often treated as business as usual (sort of, we brits do love a good snow day from work, much to our employers annoyance :P )

Not to mention that most supermarket car parks here, are rammed full of cars and panick shoppers, because although it hardly snows for a couple of days, you'd think it was the end of the world and people rush out to buy trolley's (carts for you americans I think) full of such well known apocalypse provisions, such as milk... and bread... -____- you know, that stuff that lasts for ever! :thumbsupwink: ;)

No, one would be ill advised to practice snow stunts in a Sainsbury's or Asda car park :nono: :rofl:

As to chains on tires, Brits don't even bother with winter tires that often and stick with just whatever came with the car, I've known russians who think we're idiots or mad (probably not far from the truth someitmes) because of it, when the snow falls and the country comes to a creeping, snow catatrophe halt.

We are too used to mild weather :P and hyperbolic moaning about, and agonising over, inclement weather, when it's anything other than mild :english:
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Unread postby mxguy01 » 30 January 2019, 19:50

Trust me when I say I've seen the types in my area where it never snows, and they have no experience driving in snow or at least that's what they exhibit when doing so, decide to drive to the Tahoe area during or right after a snow storm, and then wonder how they put their car into the side of an snow bank. :argh:

Oh, and far as work expecting no one to be late or otherwise effected by an rare storm is bullshit. Quite honestly too many people are so willing to declare anything as "necessary" when quite honestly the lives of people are at risk. You get there when you get there. In bad weather it's anyone's guess how long a drive may take and you can only plan reasonably. Oh, getting back to the first point, it it really that necessary to go out in that kind of weather should be the first thought.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 30 January 2019, 20:42

Thirty minutes is not ‘practice’, defined by OED as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.” It’s acclimation, which is what I was suggesting by “take it slow and get a sense for how the snow affects turning and breaking.”
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Stardust » 30 January 2019, 20:48

Brenden wrote:Thirty minutes is not ‘practice’, defined by OED as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.” It’s acclimation, which is what I was suggesting by “take it slow and get a sense for how the snow affects turning and breaking.”


I travelled down my road at around 1 mile an hour earlier. I was taking no chances :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 30 January 2019, 22:12

Thirty minutes practice would be thirty minutes more than zero. Remember your claim - hardly ever snows so no time to do so...

You already have basic driving skills. The real objective is to understand how your car and you are going to react. In a slide with brakes on you will go where momentum carry you if you have your wheels locked. This still happens to a degree with anti locks. Sometimes it's just way better to let off the brakes so you have some steering. You can cause that to happen very easily via practice. Takes only minutes. Lets say your having fun and getting into it; you just burnt 10 of your thirty. You got 20 more left and already you're getting a feeling for how the car is reacting too. Also more importantly, when that happens to you on the snowy and icy road and it will, it won't be the first time you're experiencing it. Hey Poptart, how was it the ass end got in front of the front end in your experience? LoL

Ok. Maybe, just maybe it's me and I love playing with my vehicle in the snow. 4x4 on, 4x4 off, 4x4 low, locked hubs just rear, locked all 4. turn it all off and enjoy some steering with the rear and the accelerator. 1/2 hour is plenty of play time. I can't wait until time for new tires. I can tell the ones one it suck. I'll go with what I had last at they were great in the snow. I'll have to look at the old receipts but I seem to remember they were Michelin.

The other day I was headed to the mountains driving and it was going to be bad weather. I hadn't put chains on in forever so while on dry land and it was convenient I put a wheel on. IDK the real reason but most likely I just get happy about going to the snow. Another favorite expression of mine -
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 1 February 2019, 03:05

Going skiing in Tahoe with the meetup group again over the weekend. Had to put in an 420 order. I always have enjoyed the various distinct smells of weed. Finally I got a strain that is reminiscent of the "good tai" we would occasionally get in my youth. That smell! Oh that smell!
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