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Category: Snowpocalypse

[Snowmageddon] Nemo and RI…

The pre-game show is just like all other pre-game shows: Blah blah blah.
So, weather storm Nemo has arrived in Rhode Island and none of the weather channel people are in the littlest state with the longest name.
This means Rhode Island won’t get it that bad. Or not since they’re throwing around 30″ locally.
Personally, I’d perch someone up at Providence Park and another in Kennedy Plaza.
I vaguely remember looking out the window at the Blizzard of ’78.
I decided to go outside and take some photos. With RI/MA/CT all suspending travel I figured I’d walk down the end of the street. The last time I did this was years ago at my old apartment when the power went out and I took some time lapse photos.
The local NBC affiliate has had reporters out and they all said the same thing: it’s like bits of sand biting you.
I whole heartily agree with that assessment. Since I had to walk backwards to get back to my house the wind was so bad.
Have had several brown outs, the power dropped once then came back up but otherwise, so far so good.
And I’ll make sure I wear a hat next time.

Welcome to Hoth, R.I.

Part of me cannot wait to get out of January.
Inverted Journey blogger and flyer Chris has had a harder time than most, imagine trying to get some instructional time during all this?
We’ve had snow roll through once a week since Christmas and several times up to 10″ or more.  Now, you may say: It’s New England dummy it’s supposed to snow! Sure, it is. But, I’m starting to set my watch by it.
I don’t know if I can’t stand the snow or just the way DOT has been plowing our street.  Either the pine bushes at the end of the drive are coming out this year or I’m putting up little markers to show the plow drivers where our driveway ends since I have two large buttresses of snow that extend out five feet from my driveway. If I was really bored I’d go buy some snow Storm Troopers and recreate Hoth in my front yard.
The Worcester Writers Meet Up was canceled due to it and now I’ve canceled the Rhody Writer’s Meet Up since a clipper system will be coming through and hitting us around 3pm. Better to err on the side of caution then drive home, it’s not the snow that’s bad, it’s the drivers. I saw an accident last Tuesday of someone tried to drive into the parking lot of a insurance company only to get t-boned because people have no clue how to drive.
If it snows at the end of February and somehow manages to screw up the Providence Writer’s Workshop so help me.

On the writing front, things are progressing well.

And, most of it doesn’t suck. Thankfully, this is not another page one start from scratch and hope it sticks to the wall.

Snowpocalypse 2010 and rice…

So, the day after Christmas while the Patriots pasted the Bills, we watched Snowpocalypse 2010 march into New England.
By the time I got out of work at 430, everything was closed including the Grocery Stores since they were out of bread. Subway on Post had closed but the one on Airport was still open. The sandwich shop was empty one moment and busy the next but they were open and everything else was closed.
Monday morning, I went out to shovel and after taking a picture of some pictures of the snow laden tree branches I put my phone back into my coat pocket, dragged the snow thrower out of the garage and cleared the driveway. Hour later, I opened the pocket and hit the home button and nothing happened. So, it’s cold outside, maybe the battery drained. Finished clearing up the driveway and plug the phone back into AC to charge: Nothing. Plugged into iMac: Nothing.
Brought up: How to dry out iPhone 4 and the fact I plugged or press anything was not the bestest thing in the whole wide world so I opened two packets of instant rice and in went the phone. Opened up the Apple Store App on my iPad and made a reservation for New Years Eve since the instructions said it would take 2-3 days to dry out if the phone was “damp.”
Today, I went looking for Silica gel crystals aka Flower Drying Crystals at Sears and Walmart. No luck. Rolled into Panera for lunch, checked emails, FB, Twitter since iPhone was dead and decided to open the Apple Store App to see if I could reschedule. 440 appointment was avail and after one click it was rescheduled. The traffic on RTE 2 had thinned a bit so onto 95N I went.
Journeyed up to the Providence Place Mall, the length of lines outside the Mall Garage did not surprise me. I managed to find a parking space right next to the door on the top floor. Ventured down 3 escalators, walked in early, got served, found out two apple store employees participated in NaNoWrimo and poof iPhone fixed. Turns out sometimes the Apps can crash and looks like a black screen so the water may have had nothing to do with it. On a side note, I haven’t seen that many red shirts in one place except a Star Trek convention.
Got a new iPhone case and swiped out of the store at 438pm.
Waited at the elevators. And, waited. And, waited. It came down to 1, half of it filled up, a group of Seniors asked how to get down to Level A. After directions we filled up with baby strollers. The babies had a lovely time talking and pawing each other. We traveled up three levels refilling the car as we went. Got back to the car around 450pm and managed to get halfway down a level and the line started. Okay, holiday traffic to be expected. Glad I didn’t pay early.
530 we still hadn’t moved. I had burned through several chapters of the Orphanage by Robert Buettner and made out my Last Will in case they found us like the Donner Party.
The car horns beeped, children went back into the mall and came back out every time we budged five feet. Several people tried to go down the lane marked Do Not Enter.
By the time we left at 645, the gates have been raised and we got out of the mall for free.
I’m glad I rescheduled the appointment, more than happy the app allowed for it and happy the phone worked. Hopefully Apple will open another store in Rhode Island like maybe Chapel View in Cranston would be nice.