Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stupid Snow

Well we had 17 days of snow on the ground here in Portland. You have to go back to 1968 to top that. I went up to the mountain skiing yesterday and there was TOO MUCH snow for me to ski on. It had snowed 30 inches and was nearly whiteout conditions. I left after and hour and a half and the snow was coming down so fast I wasn't sure I'd make it down the mountain because of all the fast accumulating snow and stupid drivers. Speaking of stupid...

You’d have to have been stupid to:

Actually purchase a mattress that WASN’T on sale

Lose money on Apple stock by selling in 1997

Bought a diesel car to save fuel money

Bought a house at full price back in late 2005.

To ever have purchased one of these infinity countdown clocks…come on!

Set up a tanning salon in Arizona

To wear this hat to a football game:

(no...that is NOT me...)

57 comments:

Starrlight said...

Now now, Portlander. You know we didn't have "snow." We had an "ARCTIC BLAST."

;)

VE said...

starrlight - Ha ha...yes...how could I forget the day the acrtic invaded Portland...

ReformingGeek said...

Sounds like the novelty has worn off that DAMN snow!

Yep. I can say that I've never had too much snow at the ski mountain. On the other hand, sometimes a big powder day is more than I can handle!

As for stupid, my post tomorrow is about stupid. Even more stupid, try to sell that house. Ha!

lime said...

17 days of snow...you all are lightweights. the winter we moved back from the tropics we had 17 BLIZZARDS. that didn't even count the regular snowfalls. no joke.

Starrlight said...

I grew up in Utah. I have nothing against snow. I have everything against snow in Portland as they have NO CLUE how to deal. What do we have VE, like 20 snowplows for Multnomah county? I'm in Washington county and I think we had like, 2. Canyon and TV Highway out this way were untouched by plows.

VE said...

reforminggeek - Uh oh, selling a house? Yeah...dumb... ;)

lime - Yeah, I said before we are lightweights. But it's kind of misleading because we don't get a lot of snow and there are some nasty hills around here. That means very little snow plows and we don't use salt EVER around here. Couple that with people that don't know how to drive on snow and it's a formula for mayhem. I actually appreciate those places that are used to driving in snow...at least that's something!

starrlight - I guess its hard to budget for snow equipment when we get so very little of it. I saw a progression of snow accumulations per year for Portland going back to the 1800s. Pretty interesting. We had so very little in the last 20 years with only a couple of short dumps as an exception. But you're right, people don't know how to deal with it and we had NO snowplows out on the west side. Lets hope it doesn't do that again anytime soon...

The Incredible Woody said...

The fun really starts when it snows here in Tennessee. Schools close if we get a 1/2" and talk about stupid drivers!!

The Self-Deprechaun said...

I love that baseball hat and would think it would mesh quite well with the Portland Arctic Blast colors of white, white and more white. Now all that stud has to do is find the lady/man/partner in crime who is wearing a giant mitt on their head and beautiful music can be made. Did I make the blog roll for 2009?

VE said...

incredible woody - I can only imagine! Scary...

self-deprechaun - I don't make the list...you do! Actually, sorry, you're on the list but on the second list. It takes me about 20 minutes to manually move you down into the right order and for only a couple more days until I start the blog roll over from scratch I just got lazy. But I think you'll do very well in 2009!

Roy Scribner said...

VE - shhhhhhhhh! All the Californians down here think that Oregon is like that every year.

Megan said...

I haven't done any of those things. But I'm still accused of stupidity on occasion. I think I'll print out this post and make some leaflets...

Elizabeth said...

So does anyone use studded tires or chains when it snows in Portland? I remember when I visited once I saw a ton of Subarus, they have all wheel drive right? I would think they'd be great for the nowy weather!

Gnomeself Be True said...

There are many tanning salons in AZ. People want tans...they don't want to die burnt to a crisp laying out in the AZ sun.

Personally, except for my head and neck, I'm a nice untanned Italian off-white.

Jeff said...

I think your snow has finally worked its way east. We're up to a foot of the stuff since last night. Yee-haw!

btw... which direction does that infinity clock go?

leelee said...

I love that Baseball hat...

and don't lie...we know thats YOU!

sorry I have been MIA lately. I miss my bloggy friends..lets get these damn holidays over already!

KIDDING..

HUGS!

Maureen said...

Oh boo hoo... 17 DAYS ???? And you're complaining???

How about 17 WEEKS! At the very least... we get snow at Halloween, and it lasts till April most years.

But I do love skiing in deep snow. I remember shushing thru waist deep powder in Banff once. Very surreal not to see your legs as you descend a mountain....

VE said...

roy - Don't worry...Californians don't listen anyway...

megan - Leaflets are a worthwhile pursuit...

elizabeth - They do...they just don't know how to drive in it. I have studded snow tires all winter long because I head up to the mountains skiing and they require it. I rarely ever slip...

gnomeself be true - Well, you do have a point there what with your 120 degree summers and all...

jeff - The infinity clock goes outward...to infinity..and beyond.

leelee - Ha! That's the trouble with not posting lots of pictures of yourself and then posting stolen pictures of the internet... I always get accussed of somebody being me. Come on now, that just has a mock neck shirt! And I detect a double chin!! Well, not to mention the wearing of the hat that is...now way would that be ME!

maureen - Ha! Boo Hoo indeed! Let's throw some 120 degree Arizona your way for two months and see if your residents don't melt. That's the trouble with living next to Santa...lots of snow! But you expect it.

gab said...

we are having one of those dang blizzards today! and let me tell you about the stupid people...well maybe not but I will say this most people who have lived here all their lives still cant drive in the snow(excluding me!)

VE said...

maureen - I should clarify that I ski on 'snow blades'. They are only 99 in length and I don't have poles. I've been using these things for 8 years now. They tend to sink in more than longer traditional skis. So I'm very used to not seeing my skis in powder. The problem I have is when it isn't very steep they'll tend to sink while I'm still moving forward. Not a pleasant situation...

VE said...

gab - Thank GOD you are an above-average driver! ha ha. Sorry about sending all those stupid drivers over to visit you...

HeyJoe said...

I could not resist your tempting offer VE.

And my sister sent us many pictures and video of her shoveling the stupid snow.

Anette said...

Put your skis on and enjoy while you can, or make snow angels?

Sunshine said...

First, it's totally funny that you left a comment on my REVIEW blog.
Second, your feed was messed up in my Reader (not that I have been doing much reading for like the past 6 weeks equating me to suckiest blogger alive) so it's kind of like you fell of the face of the Google Earth.

Are you happy now????? COMMENT COMMENT!

Michelle Ann said...

Despite my rollercoaster of a life right now, I am commenting on your blog... And I think you can pull off that hat..

carlae said...

Snow, we don't need no stinkin snow!

Starrlight said...

You post I shall comment. Although like Sunshine your feed and google are not happy right now!

eve cleveland said...

VE
Don't kick me off the blogroll! I moved over the holidays. I can't get AT&T to set up my DSL! Long, dull tale of woe. So, right now, I can only get on line with this iPhone I got for my birthday- I guess I'm really old because this screen is so tiny. I can hardly see it. Those jokers were supposed to come back today and fix the phone lines. But, it is 5:00 and I guess they are not coming. I miss y'all so much!
Eve

Jen said...

Speaking of stupid...

I was stupid not
to comment on VE site!!!

I'm a bad blogger

Loraine said...

Ever notice how drivers get dumber as conditions get more dangerous? It's one of my least favorite things about winter. Right up there with having to put three layers of clothes socks and gloves on just to go outside.

VE said...

heyjoe - I never bother to shovel snow. It'll melt...eventually. Oh, and it's New Years day that you'll need to comment (or any day in 2009) to stay on the new blog roll.

anette - I plan on enjoying it while it's around. That's why I ski...

sunshine - Well...except that you'll have to comment in 2009 to make the blog roll. That was just a courtesy call to make sure everyone knew my blog roll would be gone and everyone would have to comment to build up the new one. Glad to hear about my linking mess up. You have multiple blogs so I must have linked the wrong one or something.

michelle ann - You are and that's all ya gotta do in 2009 to make the list. And don't be kidding me about that hat! Sheesh. Look at that guy's ears...are you kidding me?

carlae - Enjoying it too huh?

starrlight - Want to know something funny? I don't use feeds. I do everything manually through links. I'm so old school...

eve - Aw honey, only you can kick you off. Just comment in 2009 and you'll be on the list! Keep commenting and you'll be at the top!

jen - But fortunately you've been around here for a long time! You shoulda known better. Just make a comment in 2009 and you'll be back on the list...

Uncivil said...

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Uncivil said...

Hey, I could really rack up some comment mileage like this?

VE said...

uncivil - Nice try...I hand update them manually. One comment per post! There's always somebody thinking they can out-trick me! ha ha

Hale McKay said...

LOL,

I like Uncivil's way of thinking.

Seeing that I hate rejection, I thought I'd better hurry on over and secure a spot on that blog roll.

My site visiting and commenting has been slack across the board as of late, especially since the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving.

My on-going short story (two installments a week) has been occupying a lot of my online time.

Still, that's really no excuse for the amount of time since my last visit here.

Wishes for a Happy New Year to you and yours.

We are expecting six inches of snow tomorrow - going to be a messy and bitter cold New Years Eve in Boston. Last weekend we had a double-header - 12 inches Saturday and another 6 on Sunday

Deb said...

Congrats on the snow! I am sure you love it - pretty to look at, slip and fall on, skid into a tree while driving and all that other fun stuff. We got 18" of snow here in about 12 hours the weekend before Christmas. I am sending you some of my extra.

OMG- Removed from your blog roll??? Yikes! I added you to mine, so now no need to forget to visit. Thanks for the head's up!

Serena said...

The verdict is in and I am officially not stupid. Yay!! I would be, though, if I had to deal with all that snow. Kudos for meeting it head-on and just dealing with it.:)

Thinkinfyou said...

Thank you for toying with my abandonment issues,and threatening to take me off your blogroll! Nice,VE,really nice!!!

Sarah said...

We upstate NY'ers love to complain about our snow accumulation. I will tip my hat to you this week though. Getting thrown off the ski slope for too much snow...that is hardcore!

P.S. I know that is really you in the baseball hat, it's ok. :)

padraig said...

> That is not me

How do we know he's NOT Mel Torme?

Sans Pantaloons said...

Spring is coming. Honest.

We have a name in Scotland for the type of person who would wear that hat thunk up by VE. He would be called a Bawheid.

It might even reach Scrotesque.

Marvel Goose said...

seeing that none of these comments count for diddly, I shall bank my comment wisdom until Thursday.

yellojkt said...

Don't beat yourself up, VE, for all those stupid decisions. In 1997, Apple stock was a real stinker. So what if you would have been a millionaire now.

C said...

Hey, VE!
Sorry for being away from the blog world forever. I have no excuses other than I just haven't been on the internet much other than to update friends and family with all the crazy hospital/premature baby stuff. Anyway, I do love your blog and once I get back home and am no longer living in transition, I will be over here visiting your blog again like I used to :)

Jacki said...

At this point I would be happy if we had 17 millimeters of snow. We haven't even had a decent dusting yet.

But yet, all those retards have already put the snowplows on their trucks. They jinxed it for us.

Kurt said...

46 comments is too many.

Megan said...

170 comments and all I got was a comment?

;)

Kelley said...

Hey LOOK VE!!

I am commenting!

Now will you stop bitching at me in my comments for not commenting? I already have a damn husband whining that I don't comment on his every utterance.

Sheesh.

Oh and Happy new year. Only 9 hours left to 2008 here in the Future.

Bunk Strutts said...

Comment. There. I did it just to stay on your blog roll. Happy?

Practically Joe said...

Oh ... everyone got that message?
I thought I was special.
Tonight at midnight, I'm going to blow my party horn, kiss my wife, sip some champagne and then immediately come here to comment.
That's my plan.

VE said...

hale - That sounds like a lot of snow. Way more than we'll ever get here. No, you're not being rejected, I'm merely informing you that my blog roll was only for 2008 and it's over.

deb - Thanks for sending that extra snow COD. You realize this comment is still in 2008. That blog roll is only good through today. Stop by anytime after today and you'll get added to the 2009 one.

serena - Of course you're not stupid...well, until the full moon that is ;)

thinknfyou - I was trying to think of ways to extend 2008 into more time but it just messes up the 2009 holidays and such. So, afraid it has to end today. Fear not, just leave me a nasty comment tomorrow and you're back on this list! ;)

sarah - Nice try. I've got photos for you on my Wed post

padraig - I cannot prove he isn't since I found the photo out on a random search once. Good observation.

sans pantaloons - I wish I'd thunk up that hat, unfortunately it's just an internet photo grab. I hate when people steal ideas I haven't even thought of yet. It happens all the time!

marvel goose - By God...somebody finally gets it! Thank you.

yellojkt - I know, I know. I don't know why I bought that diesel mattress with my apple stock money in the first place.

c - Don't feel you need to explain yourself to me. You have a new baby to focus on! I understand those priorities. And you know that I'm just a big baby...right?

jacki - Now snowplow options for trucks are something I don't think I would consider getting by living here. Sort of like buying a convertible in Siberia.

kurt - Well then your 260 is WAY excessive. Would you prefer I slide the decimal point to the left to be within excessiveness standards?

megan - Oh sure, join the torch mob out front! You're probably the one selling them matches!

kelley - I hear the future looks bleak. And don't be giving me all that damn attitude. You know better than to not say hello at least every month or so! Sheesh.

bunk strutts - You'd think I just poured motor oil on your Coco Puff cereal or something. Of course the irony is that this comment doesn't get you on the 2009 list because it's still 2008. I guess I actually poured irony on your cereal...

joe - Well you are special. Yeah, I was lazy and sent the same message but I did it out of courtesy. I didn't want you coming over and realizing you weren't on the blog roll and couldn't understand why. I shall enjoy your 12:01am comment...

Eric said...

Stupid me. I bought a house in May 2005. You can thank me for starting the housing market crash.

colbymarshall said...

You should move HERE...you'll never see snow again. Literally.

VE said...

eric - I thank you for all of my savings when I purchased again! Good job...

colby - Where are you...South Carolina? Florida? Hawaii? Has to be one of those...

angie said...

Yep, I definitely got out at the right time. The people who purchased my house, on the other hand.......not the best time. They are/were trying to move in during that on-slaught.

Janna said...

I kinda like the idea of the "Infinity Clock," but only in a "stupid on purpose" kind of way. :)
It amuses me.