Another Day, Another Snow Job

Yesterday some weather forecasters said we’d get snow while others said we wouldn’t. Of those calling for snow, one was correct. We got exactly as much as he said we would, and that’s why I pay attention to Glen Burns at WSB-TV. After 13 years of watching (and listening to) him, he’s right more often than anyone else.

 

I took the video fairly early in the day. We ended up with about 3 inches total here at our house, but at one point it was melting as quick as it was falling.

It was pretty to watch, but it was a heavy, wet snow and the kids didn’t find much interest in it. Amazing really, because we rarely get snow, so you would think they would want to be out there all day.

With all the snow falling outside, I couldn’t help but wonder if hell had frozen over. After reading the news today, I’m still not sure.

House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel was on the verge of losing his gavel Tuesday night as a trickle of Democratic defections turned into a flood.

It wasn’t clear how Rangel would go – voluntarily, by force, temporarily or permanently – but the tide had clearly turned against him by the time he walked into a closed-door meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff Tuesday night.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Charlie Rangel has been in the House of Representatives for 39 years. House members are elected every two years. That’s one election and 17 re-elections so far for those of you keeping track. By now, Mr. Rangel is pretty settled into his job as a career politician, but it looks like his days are finally numbered.

Sure, it’s only a leadership role, but a very influential one at that, so if hell is freezing over, I’m hoping his days as a Congressman could be coming to an end as well.

Another interesting development today was the sudden “switch” by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY).

For days now he has blocked a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding, and other government programs because the bill was unfunded.

Tonight, however, he switched his position because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised him a vote on his amendment forcing the $10 billion bill to be offset by closing a tax loophole, as well as a chance to offer amendments on the next Senate jobs bill which will cost $150 billion.

Just moments after he agreed to Scary Harry’s terms, the extension bill passed 78 – 19 and his amendment failed with only 43 Senators voting for it.

So what did Bunning gain out of this? Nothing. Nothing at all. He folded under the pressure when he should have stood his ground. How much longer can we write checks with nothing to pay them with? Here’s Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaking on the Senate floor today before Sen. Bunning caved.

 

The one bright side was seeing which 19 GOP members voted against the measure. Senators Alexander, Barrasso, Bennett (UT), Bunning, Burr, Coburn, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Enzi, Gregg, Hatch, Johanns, McConnell, Risch, Sessions, and Thune all voted against a bill that will cost $10 billion with no money allocated to pay for it.

Even though he voted against the bill itself, by dropping his opposition to the bill Jim Bunning helped increase our national debt by $10 billion in just a matter of minutes. Thanks, Jim!

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A Snow Day In Georgia

I can’t believe it. We actually got snow. It wasn’t the type that melted on contact nor that aggravating “light dusting” either. We actually got snow!

Note: I will replace the photos in this post with the ones I upload to Flickr, when I get around to uploading them.

It started snowing lightly around 12:00 in the afternoon.

A Full House

 

Then it started getting heavier at about 1:00pm and kept snowing at a steady pace for the next 4 hours.

Snow In Georgia!

 

The birds were not happy about the snow in the slightest, although many of them were quite happy we kept the feeders full all day.

American Goldfinch In The Snow

 

The kids spent more time outside today than they normally do on a nice spring or summer day, and they had a blast. There’s nothing like spending all afternoon playing the snow then coming inside for some nice hot chocolate and a warm dinner.

Although the snow let up a bit and got smaller in smaller in size, it continued to snow until 8:00pm or so. I didn’t go outside to measure after it got dark, but at my least measurement we had received about 5 inches of snow.

Five Inches Of Snow

 

I’m sure the kids will be ready to hit the door just moments after waking up. We’ll let them too, because they probably won’t see snow like this again for quite some time.

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Twas The Night Before South-Snowpocalypse

Apparently, the Southern Snowpocalypse is going to hit Georgia sometime tomorrow so I better just get some thoughts out there so I can start preparing for the pending doom and gloom. This afternoon there were empty shelves where the milk and bread should be as well as long lines with all the people who suddenly felt the need to go out and buy a pantry full of food all because the weather people used the word SNOW.

Do you know how aggravating it is to stand in line for an hour an a half waiting to purchase a can of coffee and two boxes of cereal? They should have a separate line at the store for people who aren’t panicking about the storm and just want to make their purchase and chuckle as they walk out the door. Sadly no, that is not the case. Instead, we are forced to stand in line and listen to people talk about the time they got stuck in the snow in Peoria, or the time they ran out of bread and had to wait 12 hours to get to the store. THE HORROR!!!

I moved here in 1997 with my new bride and every year we have had snowfall of some kind. In all but two years the snow never amounted to more than a dusting, but twice in those 13 years we have had at least an inch of snow and never more than 3. Each time the weather people utter the word, every loaf of bread and every gallon of milk within a 50 mile radius of Atlanta suddenly disappear. Now that’s MAGIC!

For about an hour and a half you can find those items in the arms of desperate shoppers who are then stuck in line trying to get their “emergency supplies” before the storm (which could speed up and suddenly dump tons of snow on them) arrives at their location.

I have always wondered what happens to the 17 loaves of bread and the 12 gallons of milk I see people buying for a family of four. Do they eat bread and milk for a week to use it all up when they realize they are not snowed in, the roads do not need to be plowed, and they just made fools of themselves the night before at Wal-Mart debating if 17 loaves were going to be enough to sustain their small but obviously hungry family of four?

I suppose I will never find out the answer to that question, that would be more difficult than winning the lottery. The weather people are actually predicting “accumulating snow” this time which probably brought more than one person to their knees. Of course, when they do they could be praying, but my bet will be on them being in shock.

Yes, they are actually predicting snow this time. If we get some, I’ll take a photo, then I’ll make a PB & J with a glass of milk to celebrate. And don’t you worry, I’ll be toasting that family of four too, for making the right decision this time. One in 26 is a record to be proud of.

Now I am off to bed, complete with medicine for this headache, which also inspired this post.

Once Again, We Were Victims Of Hype

Today was supposed to be a snow day. Although it did snow, I don’t think the amount of snow we received was worth all the hype that led up to it.

All week we were told we would receive one to two inches of snow. Granted, any snow in the Atlanta area is newsworthy, but they hyped the snow coming, they hyped the “Alberta Clipper” coming down from Canada, they hyped it and told us all to prepare. You would have thought the world was ending.

We didn’t tell the kids that there was snow in the forecast, because we didn’t want them to get their hopes up if we barely got any snow. While it has snowed almost every year we have lived here, we have only had two “snow events” that are worth calling it an event.

We waited until last night to tell the boys it was going to snow, and the only reason we told them, is we knew they would see it on the news or hear it on the radio anyway. They were excited when they went to bed, and they were excited when they woke up. For three boys born in the South, they were looking forward to a fun snow day.

Early in the day, the weather report still said up to two inches, and they said it would start coming in between 3 and 5. When it started snowing pretty heavily at 1:30pm we all got a little excited. I had prepared for the worst. Having lived in snow country before I knew we were not going to get anything close to what I would consider “a lot”, but knowing how people are down here, I prepared.

This will be my 13th year in Georgia, and I am still constantly amazed by their hype over winter weather.

With the excitement from the boys, and the anticipation of real winter weather for a change, I didn’t have time to focus on anything else in the news so I thought I might just finish this post off on a personal note.

On New Year’s Eve I drank my last soda. I have been a heavy Coca-Cola drinker most of my life. Back in November I decided to cut out the “crap” from my diet. I’m not drastically changing the way I eat, or what I eat, I am just cutting out a few things and including a few others.

Today marks my seventh day with no soda of any kind, no high-fructose corn syrup, and nothing with anything hydrogenated. Eliminating the soda from my daily diet has made staying within my calorie count much easier. In fact, since the first of the month I haven’t even come close to going over in calories.

I started watching my total calorie intake on November 1. I lost 9 pounds before the first of the year, and one pound since. I hope to lose a total of 25 – 30 pounds before March 1, so I have 15 – 20 pounds to go. It’s amazing how much difference it can make by cutting out just a few simple items.