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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-21 06:21
Subject: [personal] Power is out
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Power is out at Nuevo Rancho Lake. Almost 10,000 homes in the Portland area out of power this morning, so swift repair is not expected. Decamping en masse to my parents' place soon, once all parties can be roused. So much for taking a day off.

For the record, I HATE winter.

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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2008-12-21 14:29 (UTC)
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What you need is some global warming.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-21 15:51 (UTC)
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Repeat after me: "Weather is not climate"
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2008-12-21 16:13 (UTC)
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Ah, yes, the mantra one is supposed to say when cold things happen. When warm things happen, the mantra is: "This is more proof that global warming is real (or 'accelerating' or 'even worse than previously believed')." I apologize for not following the proper protocols.

To demonstrate my adherence to the orthodox doctrine of global warming, I'll chant another cold weather mantra: "Unusually severe weather events are just another sign of global warming."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-21 16:30 (UTC)
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I'll see you mantra and raise you hard data on Arctic ice melt...
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2008-12-21 20:49 (UTC)
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I'll see your hard data on Arctic ice melt ("proof of global warming!") and raise you hard data on Antarctic ice increase ("only local" or "actually due to global warming elsewhere").
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2008-12-21 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ouch. Stay safe and warm, Jay.

-- Steve wishes he had advice, but driving through a snow-caused blackout is beyond his experience.
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jtdiii
User: jtdiii
Date: 2008-12-21 14:47 (UTC)
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How cold is it outside? If it is staying well below freezing:

If you have city water and expect to be away for a while, let the faucets drip a little. Throw a few cups of alcohol or antifreeze in the toilets.
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2008-12-21 14:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yikes! Drive safe if you're heading to this neck of the woods (where the power's still on, thankfully). The side streets are not at all clear.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-12-21 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
M. says "Welcome to our world." (This time, for some unknown reason, our power is actually on.)

Be safe. Try to be warm. Keep reciting "The days are getting longer now, the days are getting longer now..."
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-12-21 16:29 (UTC)
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Yikes.

That said, they'll get power back pretty fast once they get it going. We still have power up here, but unlike our previous home in Westmoreland, the power usually stays pretty good here (at the Westmoreland house, the power would go out at the faintest whisper).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-21 16:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a transformer failure at the end of our block. Affects about eight properties. So we'll be very low on PGE's priority list.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-12-21 18:55 (UTC)
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That's the pits. Up here I think we're on a line that feeds into Castparts and the other industrial stuff, as well as the commercial district in Woodstock, so we're in good shape.

Yeah, I'd say you've called it right on this one.
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