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The February 13, 2014, Pre-Valentine’s Day, Nor’easter Snowstorm — Wasn’t Bad Compared To 2013 Blizzard.

February 8, 2013 blizzard.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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Relishing the shoveling. This is how I want to be remembered when I am gone. Shoveling snow with abandon.

Earlier in the morning. I do the top part which has all the snow thrown up by the Town snow plows. Devanee does the lower part, which is just the snow that fell from the sky.

I am done, or thought I was done. Had to widen it a bit when I tried THE TEST — viz. getting the van out.

Success! That is the first goal. Be able to get the van out so that we are not stuck. Everything else can follow after that.

I wasn’t even going to try shovel out the mailbox today. That will be tomorrow’s exercise. Will take about 80 minutes. So put out a temporary mailbox so that the mailman doesn’t have to get out. I was at the door when he pulled up. I liked it!

This picture shows how much build-up we get by the road — from what is pushed back from the road by the Town Plows.

In the overall scheme of things it could have been much worse.

We have seen more snow than this, e.g., the blizzard just over a year ago or the storm that came on its heels.

I am so glad that we didn’t lose power. Thank YOU, PSNH.

Last night around 11:30 pm it started sleeting like crazy. I was working and I could hear the sleet rattling on the windows screens. And the wind was howling. I kept on waiting for the power to go.

It didn’t.

The sleet did, as was to expected, create a layer over the snow that had to be cracked.

Once I got going it wasn’t bad. Did 70 minutes first time around and thought that I was done. Devanee shoveled for about an hour — starting about 25 minutes after I started.

Once I got showered I wanted to make sure that I could get the van out. Deanna was convinced that I hadn’t made the hole at the very top wide enough. She was right. So I had to get out and do a quick 5 minutes of rapid-fire shoveling in my sweats and walking shoes. Not a problem. It was around 26°F (-3.3°C) and coming from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) I am used to that. I can shovel snow in 26°F bare chested if I needed to. This is why I am puzzled that there is NO Sri Lankan representation at the Sochi Winter Olympics. We are SO good in the snow.

We, i.e., Devanee and I, will be shoveling for the next 2 days — maybe 3.

Tomorrow I will clear out the mailbox. The snow is at its highest and heaviest there — since 40% of it is snow thrown up by the Plow Trucks. I estimate that it will take me 80 minutes. Wonderful exercise.

I really do feel bad for folks that don’t get a chance to get out there are shovel. Of course it is not as good as sex, but in terms of satisfaction, it is very rewarding. Yes, of course, given a choice I would love to die having sex (though Deanna will probably shout at me for dying on the job), but barring that keeling over while shoveling snow would be a fitting end. Given that I have donated my body to ‘science’ they can’t do anything with the shovel, BUT maybe Devanee will, one day, IF I manage to get my skeleton preserved — hang one of my favorite, red-handled snow shovels (and she knows the type I buy) from my hand!

More pictures of the storm later. Promise. NOW I must do some work on ‘the book’. It is DONE. Doing the proofs.

Could Alton Central School (ACS), N.H., Possibly Have Handled This Feb. 13 Snowstorm Any WORSE?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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The two posts to do with Wednesday’s delay
in making announcement:

First Post     &     Second Post

Talk about the ACS parents being jerked around — unnecessarily.

First they are told, no doubt to the relief of some,
that it will be just a 2 hour delay.

Then 70 minutes later they are told that school is cancelled
as it should have been in the first place!

The two e-mails 70 minutes apart. Click to ENLARGE.

The two e-mails 70 minutes apart. Click to ENLARGE.

It was EXACTLY as I had predicted 24-hours earlier,
on this blog!
I don’t think of this as any perspicacity on my part
since this is such a
predictable, very pedestrian Administration.

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I fully understand the ramifications of not having school
— even IF I hadn’t followed the NYC saga on CNN yesterday.

Yes, parents that work have to find a place for the kids and there is also the issue of the subsidised hot meals.
Moreover, it is a Friday and I know we have some 70 kids that get ‘backpacks’ for the weekend.
Furthermore, it was Valentine’s Day. Kids had events planned in school.

But, there was no way TEACHERS were going to make it to school!

The 2 hour delay was STUPID from the very start.

And lets not forget the inane Carbon Monoxide scare and that school closing.

The judgement of this Administration is open to question.

Plus, as ever, they don’t even have the GRACE to just admit that they screwed up.

I am writing this at 12:52. So it is past midday.

What SNOW?

But, rather than just admit that she screwed up she has to try and mitigate it by saying ‘more snow’.

No, not more snow. Here is the weather forecast from ever reliable WUNDERGROUND.


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No snow midday. Click for WUNDERLAND.

I just feel bad for the parents that work and have to make contingency plans when there is no school.

So this morning they are first told … ‘A OK. Just 2 hour delay‘. So they work on that. Hopefully they get that sorted out when they are told ‘Guess what. No school‘.

Doesn’t affect us. We are both at home. Plus I like having the kids at home. I had already told them Tuesday night that they will not be having school on Friday!

I hope others have made some noise about these unnecessary shenanigans.

I feel bad for the teachers. There was no way that some of them were going to be able to make it to school. Then there is the safety.

I do not think that this administration can be trusted with ever making the right decisions on school closings and school delays. It would make me so much happier IF these decisions were handled by a responsible adult, maybe our Police Chief. Mr. Heath or the ACS Resource Officer, Mr. Sullivan. Then we wouldn’t have these crazy, illogical knee-jerks that risk safety and mess parents around.

So, the BIG QUESTION. Who prevailed on Sydney Leggett to get her to change her mind. Could not have been easy!

Valentine’s Day Cakes In Sri Lanka (Damn Cheap Compared To The U.S.)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Yes, I use these folks, Kapruka, often, and have for over 12 years.
They are very good and reliable.


“First Kiss”, “Puppy Luv” etc. ‘Real Life Stories’ Google Doodle For 2014 Valentine’s Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodle post:
>> Pro-LGBT for Sochi, Winter Olympics — Feb. 6, 2014.

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For Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Game from 2013 — click.


Click images to access Google Doodle.

It is INTERACTIVE. Click on the hearts.

Link updated
to provide access from the Google Doodle Archive.

Google must had trouble getting this up.
What was there at 12:30 am was NOT interactive.
Only had one heart — the ‘First Kiss’ heart.
This morning I found the full interactive version!


Prior Valentine’s Day Google Doodles
— including country-specific ones such as that for China in 2012.

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