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Monday, January 5, 2015

Cold Air Mass on the way.

We are expecting single digit weather here mid week as a big cold front moves down from the arctic. I have some extra work to do to get ready for it, as this place was set up for temperatures down to around 20 F.  Below that, I have to take extra precautions. There have been periods of below zero weather here once in awhile over the years, but not nearly as frequently as have occurred in the last five years or so. I am considering making some permanent modifications to my set up here so that I don't have to be stringing electric extensions down to the pump house or putting extra insulation around the casing.

Two new magazines came in the mail yesterday.  I subscribed to them both to save a little money, but I wouldn't encourage others to do that. True, they are cheaper.  But both magazines are just stuck in the mail , no envelope, no plastic cover, so by the time they get to me they are beat to Hades. This is my second "issue" of magazines and these arrived in worse shape than the first set. I don't want to pay for something that reaches me looking like it's been sitting in a barber shop for six months.



In general, I like these two magazines quite well.  I enjoy seeing all the high tech equipment, even if I can't afford to buy it (or won't, because I can replicate it more cheaply with surplus gear.)  I admit I wonder why they put a story in a survival magazine about domestic abuse?  I don't think that's appropriate, myself.





Usually I'd be listening to Coast to Coast radio about now (2:50 a.m. on Monday morning) but lately the broadcasts have been pretty lame.  Not to mention that a lot of the callers have been people who were clearly insane.  Some of their programs are quite interesting, but this past week I've turned it off and done other things like reading a bit.  You can pick up Coast to Coast on shortwave, on some A.M. stations, or you can listen to it on line if you have one of those programs like "Tune It" which lets you listen to streaming broadcasts.


 Art Bell started Coast to Coast A.M. a long time ago, and he's not with it anymore. George Noory hosts the broadcast now, and he's pretty interesting but I doubt anyone could do the show as well as Bell did.

Popular Communications is still around. This issue had a good story about Art Bell and Coast to Coast A.M. I usually pick one up when I go anywhere that has a book store, like Barnes and Nobles in a mall.  It has some good shortwave information but I don't subscribe because it's mostly about things more sophisticated than I care to get involved in. Multiple trunking scanners come to mind.  That's in the too hard category and wouldn't do me any good anyway, as we are nowhere near that sophisticated in my part of the mountains.

We only have one law enforcement frequency per county and they transmit "in the clear." Terrain masking makes vhf communications too hard for encryption up here.



Well, the big news of the week will be the frigid air.  I've checked my anti-freeze in the vehicles.
I've got my extension cords laid out to the parking pad for the truck, so I can plug in the engine heater.

I've had my propane tanks topped off this week, and had one more load of wood delivered. None of that fuel related activity was particularly necessary, but when I hear something like this is coming I feel like I need to get busy.  I do a lot of overkill but it doesn't hurt and it keeps me from getting ancey.


So we'll just see how it goes from here. I've gone down the checklist, and I guess we are ready , just a few more finishing touches to do before Wednesday.



26 comments:

  1. The cold wave will hit Hampton roads hard Wednesday, I'll probably need to spilt a bit more firewood. I've got all the exposed water line wrapped and covered. The wife's car battery gave up the ghost last week during our last cold snap, one Duralast battery later and that shouldn't be a problem again.

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    1. I had to replace a battery in the Cherokee earlier this Fall. My daughter's heavy duty battery in her Commander went bad, and Ole' Dad helped out with that because it's a heavy duty battery and cost a small fortune. My F250 has two of them on board but fortunately they should be fine for a few years yet.

      What are you doing up so late, Tim? I hope you don't have to be at work tomorrow! ;-)

      I quit splitting and cutting wood. It's a darn shame, because I have a lot of it blown down on my property, but it's just too hard without my son around to help. Cutting it up, dragging it out to where the truck is, splitting it, then stacking it, you need some help with that or it gets in the too hard category quick.

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  2. Oh, I'm an old man. Awake at odd times. Asleep at odd times. But you shouldn't be up. I'm just getting ready for work. I would rather go in an hour early, than spend an hour waiting to get on base. Right now we got a couple of flat tops parked at the piers and that really mucks traffic up.

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    1. When I was still in the Marine Corps, and at Lejeune waiting for my release, I had to leave Emerald Isle by 5:00 to get to P.T. by 5:45. No traffic to fight along the coastal road and in through the back gate, but it still was tough getting up that early. I am not a morning person.

      I would imagine having two carriers worth of people there really does snarl traffic. Thankfully, living out here the only thing I have to contend with on the road is farmers and their tractors.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Thank God your awake!

    I was going through insomnia madness.

    Its real cold down here in South Texas for us and I got a nasty case of arthritis. Lots of cold wind and I can't really accomplish anything in this weather.

    The battery problem I had turned out to be dirty connections to the battery cables on the battery post. I cleaned the post and the cables. Now I want you all to understand I was willing to bet cash money that my battery got screwed in the last cold weather blast. My terminals were clean, no built up funky battery corrosive garbage on the my truck's battery.
    I live seven minutes from the salt water and I spend much time on the beach. We have humidity 'out the yin yang' I have too hose the salt off my truck in warmer months at least several times a week.
    The built up crap was a thin layer of black crap on the post's between the connections and that prevented my battery from being charged up.

    Harry'

    I used to listen to Coast to Coast often, but If I hear anything on freakin' UFO's ever again I'm going to puke!
    I don't care about how Kennedy got shot either! Maybe JFK was shot by Bigfoot who landed his flying saucer on the roof of the Texas Book Suppository. Fidel Castro and the Canadians were in on it because they found a way to grow Tobacco in the artic because of Global Warming. They (Canadians) had a plan with Castro to corner the Tobacco market.

    there, I can now write a book, make money and get a three hour long interview on Coast to Coast.

    Harry, your tails of splitting wood make me sore to think about it. I would rather dodge wayward Coconuts in the surf on my surfboard (instead of a 'Birdstrike' its a Coconut strike)
    We get a great many Coconuts in the summer months that wash up on the beaches down here with other debris. I really miss 90 degree weather, 85 degree water temperatures.
    I could live where you live and I could live in the desert, but for now. Its fun hanging out with the other 'Coconuts on the beach'



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    1. CC, I'm glad you didn't get stuck with an expensive battery bill.

      One of the things I like about coast to coast is the authors he gets on there, some of whom I've already read, and some of whom I get their books after I hear the show. Some of the programs are less interesting than others, but since it is on late at night , I can sit in my easy chair and just relax while I listen. Now that I can get it over local A.M. station reception is perfect.

      Uhm, I'm not sure your conspiracy theory will get on the show, but I have heard some that were no less "controversial" ;-)

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  4. where did you get the engine heaters?
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, the 1988 Ford F250 diesel comes with a built in block heater. You have a plug receptacle under the hood, you just plug an extension cord into it. Diesels are almost impossible to start in cold weather without such a fitting.

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  5. I would much rather err on the side of overkill than not be ready for cold weather. Those of us who were raised in the country understand preparing for the snow and cold. Survival often depended on being prepared. But the city kids - not so much. Many don't understand that severe cold can kill you. Quickly. Every winter in my area there are cases of folks freezing to death because they weren't dressed for the weather. Many times it is the teens or young adults who dress for fashion and not for warmth. Or the very old who become confused and lost. Given a choice, I'm staying inside where it is warm.

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    1. Every winter some old person with dementia wanders off in the snow and freezes to death here. The other day, I was in a doctors office and was talking with a "city woman" who moved to Atlanta from New Jersey. She told me during the last big storm here, a year ago, she knew the snow was coming but she went to get her tires rotated anyway. She didn't want to lose the appointment. Then she got stuck trying to go home. She had no coat, and was wearing open toed sandals. She tried to walk home, got too cold, and knocked on someone's door. That someone turned out to be an old woman who let her in and she spent the night there. I asked her why she went out in weather like that with no thought to dress and she just kind of shrugged. Then I told her maybe it would be wise to carry a bug out bag with a few things in it, like appropriate clothing . I told her chains wouldn't be amiss, because you rarely need them here but when you do, you do. She said it wasn't worth the trouble as it only snows like that every few years. Strange mind set.

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  6. Harry,

    Good morning!!! Getting ready to plug in are you......
    Our son has plugged in his diesel, we had to run an electrical cord through the kitchen. For so unknown reason, this rental home doesn't have power outside.
    Temperatures right now 17 degrees, and dropping. Expecting below zero with the wind chill on Wednesday. Were set for the weather. We used to have heaters for our non diesel vehicles when living in Michigan and North Dakota.

    Hubby will go out on Friday and fill up the last two gas containers since the gas prices have dropped. We make sure all our gas containers are full and set if we need them. And you can't beat the prices of gasoline right now.

    The next time were in a book store, I will look for this coast to coast magazine.

    Stay warm, and dry. Give your wife a hug :-)

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    1. Sandy, I just topped off my propane tanks and I paid the same price I did last winter! I asked them why propane prices are still high when oil has fallen so low and the bumpkin working there told me , condescendingly, that the two are not connected. Having done accounting for an oil and gas company for twenty years, I knew that was nonsense but there was no point arguing. The propane companies here fix the prices among themselves so they can keep them artificially high.

      Coast to Coast is a radio program, if you run it on Google search I bet you can find a local radio station that carries it. Popular Communications is a magazine I read sometimes, but don't buy regularly because it costs too much and doesn't really do a lot with scanning and shortwave, which is where my interests lie.

      I have a plug on my shop, next to the truck parking pad, for plugging in the truck. It works out pretty well. I don't have a plug on the pump, which is down in the woods, and I have to run an extension cord down there to run a light bulb inside the casing. That keeps it from freezing up in really low temps.

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  7. For anyone dealing with stored fuel during the bitter cold air, remember that it will be dry air and that means static electricity will be a consideration when handling your fuel. Make sure you discharge yourself, the fuel container and the car or generator you are putting fuel into.

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    1. That's true. My vehicle is diesel, and my generator is diesel, so I am good there. If I had to break out the back up kerosene heaters for some reason, I'd have to watch the static electricity. Sometimes when I come inside and take off my coat, I can feel the static electricity along my arms.

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  8. Sounds like you're ready, but, I too, have to check and recheck everything. Rather be ready than sorry.

    Keep warm - and please send some of your weather our way - 35oC in the shade today. I'm wilting...

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    1. You and Tania are having a heat wave, and we are worrying about frozen pipes. Strange planet we live on. It's supposed to be in the twenties tonight but I wonder, it's past noon here now and not above freezing. Could be colder than they said it would be.

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  9. Good luck with the cold weather. We had 10 F here three mornings in a row. Our pipes are OK, except for those to the shed where the washing machine is (good excuse to not do the laundry), but our water pump freezes when the temps get that love. It wakes up again at around 10 am.

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    1. Inger, three mornings of ten degrees! I always thought of your area as hot, even in winter. That's why I am having to run a line down to the pump casing at my place, to burn a light bulb in there and keep the pump from freezing up. It isn't actually the pump, since that is a submersible and is 279 feet down. It's the pipes coming out of the pump shaft that will freeze up on me.

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  10. Thursday is going to be the super cold day here. I guess it is January.

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    1. Now our weather is saying Thursday will be worse than Wednesday, which is a change and not for the better. I hope you are all set up for the cold. As long as we don't lose power, it should not be too big a pill.

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  11. I used to subscribe to a lot of gun magazines in the 1980's - 90's and the condition they arrived in was usually very decent. Only occasionally did one arrive in bad condition. The only hard copy I subscribe to now is THE BACKWOODSMAN and more often then not, it was semi mangled - drove me NUTZ!!. They went to the plastic sleeve and its helped a lot - no more mangled magazines. Thank you Charlie Ritchie.

    I drive into work at 4:00 o'clockish A.M. and COAST TO COAST is usually on. Yes, Art Bell's absence is felt, he just had a connection with his audience.

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    1. My other magazines all come in either a plastic cover or a mailing envelope. I can't imagine why these two, which are otherwise first rate, do such a shoddy job on mailing.

      Art Bell really was good at hosting the show. It had more credibility when he was the honcho.

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  12. Dan used to listen to Coast to Coast when he has to drive late nights. He'd agree that some of the stuff is pretty stupid, but I suppose if they have to come up with a daily program that's to be expected.

    I'm dreading this upcoming cold snap. December spoiled us!

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    1. Coast to coast gets pretty far out there these days, and some of the people who call in are certifiable, but they still have some good segments. They did one on disappearances of people in national forests last night that was interesting.

      The bad cold is supposed to arrive tomorrow night, accompanied by a wind advisory for North Georgia which will surely mean more trees down. The weather radio is predicting freezing rain here Sunday. That's the worst thing that can happen to me weather wise up on the mountain.

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  13. It's super cold here to. The wind is supposed to make it feel like -12 tomorrow, and it's suppose to be 2 degrees . The kids just started back to school today, and they called school off due to the weather. The kids are going to spend the day with Grandma and Grandpa. They are pretty happy about that.

    This is certainly the time of year for magazine reading! There's not much to do outside.

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    1. I was just talking to a fellow who lives on a ridgeline in an adjacent county. We can usually pick each other up on the SSB CB radio. They have cancelled school over there tomorrow and Thursday. So he will be watching his grandkids as the parents both work.

      I think for the next few days I will be doing a lot of reading, especially if the freezing rain the weather radio is predicting actually happens.

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