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lakesidecallas
May 1, 2011 9:24 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Starting a new thread, we came from here http://cubits.org/thereadingroom/thread/view/52860/#new_post
ImageDonkeyJay
May 1, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Thanks, Susan. Big Grin
Well, as compared to some folks, no, we don't get much snow. As compared to others, yes, we do. Hilarious! Right now there's about 6" out there, which is about average. We tend to get between 6 & 12" at a whack, when we get snow. Generally it only hangs around for a few days, then the sun burns it off. Every now & then we get more than a foot; one year we had a 3' snowfall in 36 hours. Pretty spectacular. Pulled a lot of old buildings, & some newer ones, down.

By & large I'd say it's enough to let you know it's winter, but not so much you want to kill yourself. Hilarious!
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagekqcrna
May 1, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
Jay, do you commonly get snow this late in the year? If I were to wake up to 6" of snow on May 1, I would be tempted to kill myself.

Karen
ImageDonkeyJay
May 1, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Hilarious! Not if you hadn't seen it all winter... we've had hardly any snow this year & the land is parched. Sad And no, we don't usually get snow this late, but it's not unheard of... living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you can get snow flurries in June, tho' it's not the usual. The old timers around here don't plant corn 'til June 1, if that tells you anything.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
lakesidecallas
May 1, 2011 10:19 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
LOL, I just came back to ask that same question, Karen!
Imagewoofie
May 1, 2011 10:59 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
We've already had to mow the grass once (needs it again now, too), but we're still getting snow! Just not today, thank you! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Imageirisarian
May 1, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
After our 80" this winter, I even wonder about white flowers. (not really) our species trillium are in blooms. Enjoy your moisture, that's really needed.
ImageDonkeyJay
May 1, 2011 12:03 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Ja, if we'd had 80", I might just have a very different feeling about this. Hilarious!
It's up to 8" out there now. Thumbs up
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imageirisarian
May 1, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Enjoy!
Imagesallyg
May 1, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Speaking of snow--
I'm reading K2 by Ed Viesturs (and co author). He is a high ranking mountain climber, one of those who was on Everest in the disatrous events told about in Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

I like survival stories, was gripped by Into Thin Air. So far K2 is more cut and dried, more a recounting many of the expeditions and history of climbs on K2, the second highest mountain in the world.

I'm more apt to keep one book at a time, and fill in with New Yorker magazine in the vehicle for odd moments. I HATE going anyplace where I might wait and not having choice reading material.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imageherbie43
May 1, 2011 6:25 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
i remember having snow on mothers day when i was first married. didn't stick though.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagesheryl
May 1, 2011 7:12 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Wow, Sally - I never would have taken you for survival-story-sorta-gal. Very cool.

That is the same mountain that the guy who wrote Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson, I believe) started his story with - that's how he met the people that he promised to build the schools for. Now 60 minutes says some of his story is fabricated, but it still hasn't been determined. I sure hope not, he's inspired a lot of people with his story.
ImageDonkeyJay
May 1, 2011 9:04 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Krakauer wrote a book exposing Mortensons' possible fraud called Three Cups of Deceit available for the Kindle...
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Cups-Deceit-Humanitarian-ebook/d...

Does seem there are an awful lot of questions about Mortenson's story.

Sally, have you read Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales or Death in Grand Canyon? Great reads!
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagesallyg
May 2, 2011 7:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Sheryl, maybe its the loner in me combined with a desire to remind myself I am in NO WAY capable of survivalism LOL

Krakauers book there should be interesting. Thanks for that. Krakauer also wrote Into the Wild - liked that too- Chris McCandless who walked into Alaska and died alone there.
This book, K2, discusses contradictions,inconsistencies, and writers bias in several of the previous books about attempts on that mountain. Its so hard to know what to believe sometimes. Last nights section was more interesting as he finally got to a more detailed tale of a specific event.

DonkeyJay, I have not read those but thanks for the tips! Of course I was also gripped by that story of the guy in Utah that cut his hand off... Blinking Blinking
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
May 2, 2011 7:18 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
sallyg wrote:..... combined with a desire to remind myself I am in NO WAY capable of survivalism ...


You and me both, sistah!

Imagesheryl
May 2, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
...and you inspired me to pick up the Krakauer book "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman".

Timely, to be sure - it gives a lot of history on the struggles in Afghanistan back when it was attacked by the Soviets and kind of how bin Laden came into his own as a leader in that era.

Interesting factoid - the Soviets made the decision to go in with scaled back troops ... the same decision Rumsfeld made 30 years later, with the same effect - overwhelmed. Hopefully we'll get out of there quicker than they did; it took them 9 years and 25,000 troops and some believe that contributed to the breakup of the Soviet Union.

And I'm only on page 48!!! Blinking
Imagesallyg
May 2, 2011 6:18 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Sounds informative--and possibly depressing.
I find history more interesting as I 'mature' than I used to, and there's a whole lot of it I don't know.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagedahlianut
May 2, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Well I FINALLY finished my sack baook 'Sisters of the Raven', a fantasy by Barbara Hambly which did not engage me. My new sack book is the 'Reindeer Hunters' by Joan Wolf which is a novel about the Magdelanians set on the French side of the Pyrennees mountains.
Imagesheryl
May 2, 2011 7:08 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Okay, enlighten me - Magdelanians. Catholic nuns or some sort of cookie??? *Blush*
ImageDonkeyJay
May 2, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Holy cookies, only eaten on Sundays. Big Grin
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.

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