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It is BRUTAL out there. Just got back from rescuing my son after he got a flat tire....holy crap is it cold. After a lifetime in the Great Lakes region I like to think of myself as a pretty hardy guy but man, 16 below real temp and a 37 below zero wind chill humbled me pretty quick.

On a car related note, hydraulic brake systems seem to hate these temps too. It felt like my Astro van had manual brakes. The foam rubber in the seats have no give at all, felt like sitting on a sack of drywall mud.

If it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger I guess, but just the same ...brrrr.
 

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It's a balmy -13 here in the St. Louis area and the nearby AF base is recording an actual temp of -30.




:party: Global warming Yay! :party:
 

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Bizarre weather all the way around. Unseasonably warm here in CA, with virtually no rain and an unheard of no snow pack on the Sierras...going to be high 60's again today. Was out riding my motorcycle over the weekend with just a light jacket on. Going to be a long, dry summer out here. I guess no place is perfect.
 

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... I guess no place is perfect.
... except TEXAS!!! :lol:

It's a State of mind, ya'll.... :D

Mrs. Bear has been walking around shivering like a chihuahua surrounded by a pack of dobermans, and the coldest we've seen so far has been about +15. It doesn't bother me that much, but then she grew up in balmy San Antonio though. My "home" is up in the Panhandle, due north of Amarillo on the high plains, where a 30 mph wind is "just a breeze". We used to say there was nothing between us and the North Pole except a barb-wire fence, and it was missing 3 strands...

I've been going to the gym before work, just wearing my workout clothes and no coat --- when I walk in the door there the staff there thinks I'm nuts. Well, probably - but not because of my fashion sense... :rofl:

Watching the TV news here is a real hoot. I noticed last night we've apparently graduated from 'arctic blast' to 'polar plunge'. What's next, 'frigid flop?' :rolleyes:

For "all ya'll" up in the serious cold, take care, stay warm and healthy OK?

Bear
 

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Bear, it's the people of Texas who make it perfect. I have always admired the credo of the 'Texan' and the pride of the citizens of the state. Speaking of Texas, and the Alamo, I just heard on the news the other day that Ozzy Osborne went out to have dinner with his family to an Indian restaurant, and threw a hissy-fit tantrum because he wanted to order Chinese food. The restaurant owner had to get Chinese take out to appease him. What a pompous A$$ hole. As a native Californian, I have always been ashamed of my own state's 'politics', although I absolutely love the geography. Thanks for the post, it put some much needed humor in my morning!!
 

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Yeah, Ozzy had been on my ***tlist ever since that time, many years ago, he was in San Antonio wandering around, drunk or high (or both), and got in trouble for taking a leak on one of the walls of the Alamo. After quite a few years, the city of San Antonio finally "forgave" him. I never will. To this day, I refuse to listen to any of his music, past or present.

I appreciate what you said about the people :) Many years ago after having lived in the Dallas area for a very long time, I was going with a group of "my" scouts to Philmont in New Mexico for a backpacking trek. We over-nighted in Amarillo, and had a meal at the McDonald's near 45th and Western. A mural on the wall there did a really good job of summing up how I feel about my Panhandle home (Borger - about 48 miles NE of Amarillo):

"A Fable

It was one of those days when God was creating the earth. He was working on Texas as darkness fell at the end of the day, and He had to quit. He gave the Great Plains of West Texas a smoothing stroke and said to Himself, "In the morning I'll come back and make it pretty like the rest of the world, with lakes and streams and mountains and trees."

But the next morning when He returned, it had hardened like concrete overnight. As He thought about having to tear it all down and make it over, He had a happy thought: "I know what I'll do", He said, "I'll just make some people who like it this way."

And that is how it came about that the people who live in the Panhandle like it this way.

-George Autry
1899-1960"

(reading it still gets to me)

I like the geography in California too, especially to the north of San Francisco. A buddy of mine has a catering business in Rohnert Park, lives in Petaluma --- best potato salad in the known universe.

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I didn't mind the -15 degree temps we saw here in Indy... it was the snow and the way it fell that made my life miserable for a week. The snow that fell was very wet and heavy, and we got 14 inches of it. Then the temps plummeted and the snow froze. I've been plowing snow since I was 14 (illegally) and my dad since he was 17 and we both agreed this was the worst snow we've ever pushed.

On the upside I logged 86 hours in a plow truck, back hoe, or dump truck in about 5 days, so I acquired some much needed funds to finish Orion! The setback would be that I was too busy plowing or sleeping that I didn't get a lick done on my car!! Oh well. Can't get everything I want.
 

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It is BRUTAL out there. Just got back from rescuing my son after he got a flat tire....holy crap is it cold. After a lifetime in the Great Lakes region I like to think of myself as a pretty hardy guy but man, 16 below real temp and a 37 below zero wind chill humbled me pretty quick.

On a car related note, hydraulic brake systems seem to hate these temps too. It felt like my Astro van had manual brakes. The foam rubber in the seats have no give at all, felt like sitting on a sack of drywall mud.

If it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger I guess, but just the same ...brrrr.
We were calling that a warming trend around here last week :) I am really enjoying the heated floors in my shop.

Regarding brakes, I know what you mean. Living in MN for almost 50 years and driving lots of different cars, everything is working hard in those temps. However, while driving my 2013 Malibu in -25 last week, the brakes and the car in general took it all in stride with no ill effects. I wonder if it is the vacuum booster that is moving stiff (just a rubber diaphragm) and not the hydraulic system?

I was looking at the "all pontiac" event in AZ coming up in April. Anyone have a tandem car hauler that wants to carpool? :)
 
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