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Old January 13th, 2011, 09:15 AM
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Morning Mates, from Pictou County where we are snowed under, with up to 30 cms of snow, but life goes on....no school cancellations, roads are clear, so off we go!
James has been out shovelling since 7 a.m. so I guess his pacemaker is doing well like Mike's.
How is everybody else dealing with the snow?

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Old January 13th, 2011, 10:02 AM
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You have more snow than our 7" and schools here will be closed the rest of the week. Mtn. roads are still icy.

Going to have a thaw on Sat. now they say. Hope they are right.

Have a good day.

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Good morning Rollerdonna and to all who follow.

Schools have been closed all week here and we only have three to four inches of snow. The problem arises from the fact temp has not got above freezing and the county roads and even some streets in town remain treacherous as a result.

A foot of snow is probably routine for Pictou, R/D as they are obviously equipped to handle it. Wouldn't it be niece if they through in driveways as a perk? i know..........Picture that!

Haven't been out for two days and am getting cabin fever so I guess I'll have to go to the grocery today and mail a few bills. I know I'll probably have to get a second mortgage when the power bill arrives. Well, not really that bad but it's gonna' be a doozy. Am so glad I live far enough South that I've a heat pump as opposed to heating with fossil fuels the cost of which have skyrocketed.

Heard an interview with Donald Trump yesterday in which he says the fault lies with OPEC ripping off the West. He said there are tankers all over the world full of petroleum that are not being off loaded either because there's no place to put the stuff or because the owners are waiting to see if the prices continue northward and they can make more money. So they just sit riding at anchor. He said that the other day the price of a barrel went up because of a leak in the Alaska pipeline that was so minor it was fixed in less than a day. Evidently they jump on every incident and problem to jack up the prices still more.

He said as an example we saved Kuwait from being absorbed into Iraq, losing not ony a lot of American lives in the process, but also putting out every single well head fire and dumping billions into the country to help it rebuild and they've not only not repaid us but are now sticking it to us as well.

He says while there is speculation in oil, the underlying cause for this increase is the decision of just twelve men from countries tied to OPEC sitting around a table figuring how they can gouge us. He says this country has the power to stop this nonsense but refuses to do so for fear of alienating OPEC members. In short, we're being blackmailed by a practice that it totally illegal in this country.

With his knowledge of world business that cannot be denied, I believe him. It looks as if gasoline will definitely hit four dollars a gallon by Spring and will continue to rise until the price gets to over five bucks a gallon and then OPEC will be forced to again lower the price like they did a few years ago when they put the entire industrialized world on the brink of disaster after of course, they've all but destroyed the economyof the industrialized world and have lined their pockets.

Hope everyone stays warm today and please be careful if you have to "dig out from under." It's one of the best ways in the world to achieve heart attack status.

Prayers and Blessings continue.

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Old January 13th, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Good Morning CruiseMates!
It is white here as well, but I am hopeful they have finally got the roads clear so we can make our way down south to French Lick. There's a nice indoor water park down there and we're gonna spend the night there and check it out. It will open around 4:30 so we'll head out around noon and we should make it with time to spare. It is very cold outside according to the thermometer at a slight 5 degrees (that's not Celsius). Luckily it is very nice and warm here in the house. This will be kind of like a mini vacation without ever leaving the State of Indiana.
For those you wondering about "French Lick" especially Kuki lol, it does not involve anything French or any licking or anything of a sexual nature lol. It's a small town in South central Indiana that was once a lovely resort and spa town. It sits atop natural sulfur springs. Back in about 1840 the water from those springs were exploited for their medicinal properties. The water was bottled and named "Pluto Water" it was/is a very effective laxative, as for any other claim... I cannot verify lol. I can also verify that it smells very bad!
When I was a kid I spent some time in the old French Lick Hotel and Resort. We were fortunate to stay in the Presidential Suite where Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor, President Truman and his wife and President Reagan and his wife have also stayed. The suite even had it's own secret spiral staircase with a secret entrance to and from the hotel. It was a favorite hideout for gangster like Capone to lay low when things got too hot up in Chicago. I remember dressing up for dinner and being assigned my own waiter. He was responsible for ensuring my food was cut in to bite size portions and keeping me entertained so I did not disrupt or annoy my parents or fellow diners lol. He did a great job as I enjoyed my time there tremendously.
The hotel has now been developed into a Casino and Hotel. It is only a shadow of it's former glory but I am thankful it is still open. Last time I was down there they were in the process of restoring the West Baden Springs Hotel which had vacant for many years. It is a sight to see as it is the largest free standing dome in the world. It is an architectural masterpiece. I toured it about 5 years ago during the restoration process and it must have been something fantastic back in it's heyday! It was amazing! Here's some info for those of you who might be interested:History Of The West Baden Springs Hotel | French Lick
French Lick is also the hometown of Larry Byrd.
So that's the history lesson for today. Hope you all have a great day!
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Old January 13th, 2011, 10:29 AM
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Hi Kids,
If I squint I am in Alaska! Once again, we were in the "sweet spot" of a bad snow band...Mother Nature just likes us..we got about 18 inches give a take a mm!

I need to go out and deal with my car..Bruce plowed twice,and the driveway looks good. He went out to get Chinese food for supper! I also want to go out and get some decorations for the diaper cake, but, not sure that will happen today.

Oy, I just almost had a heart attack..a HUGE branch just dropped off the pine tree , and fell by my window!!!!!!

Make it a good one.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Morning from the Pacific Northwest........the snow didn't last long......it was gone by 9 am..........50 out right now.......

All you easterners stay safe..........

Y'all have a good day.........




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greetings from new orleans..it's cold..but not to cold that it will stop the Mardi Gras celebrations
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Old January 13th, 2011, 11:14 AM
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It is a cold 20 degrees F in NW Ohio at the moment. Roads are good, but we are getting a dusting of lake effect snow. Have a good day, all.

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Good morning mates

It's cool here (Palm coast Fl.), but it will get above 50 F.,so that is quite doable for someone from Ct. where they a record amount of snow.

Have a nice day everyone.

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Good morning
Cloudy and cold here as typical for January weather goes. Back to physical therapy for my foot today and then "it’s the same old song and dance my friends” (I was feeling the need to sing an Aerosmith tune)
Trips… watch out for those falling branches!!!
RD… Too much snow and cold!
Manuel… I’ll take that 50 right about now!
Have a great day all!
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Good Morning cruisemates! I feel so bad for all those getting hammered by heavy snowfall... not But I do hope you all stay safe!

Clear blue skies and temps in the 70s are on tap (and why I bought a winter home here lol ). Our long term forecast is more of the same for the next couple of weeks.

Mrs. Kuki is already out, heading to some estate sales with one of our friends who arrived Tues. I'm about to get ready to head out for some golf with the guys.

My mother's care-giver got her Arizona driver's license yesterday, so after golf I've got to go test drive a bunch of used cars, and try and buy one, which will make them more independant; able to get out easily and do whatever they like without depending on my sister or me.
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Good morning from a cold, but no snow Texas. We continue with our cold temps, but when it rains the temps rise, so no snow for us.

One of my new years promises was to drop some weight, and work out. I have been doing it for three days now, and so far, so good. I am a little sore this morning, but am on a roll, so I will continue with my plans.

This begins Jim's second week away from home. I am getting into my own routine, and just as I get use to it, he will come home, and I will have to change again. Got to love the military way of life.

I hope all of you have a very safe day. I know it can't be good with all the snow, but spring will be here before you know it.

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Good morning everyone.

It's a standard gray day here in East Central Minnesota. It's cold outside at +1 and I just looked out the window and it is now snowing. The talking heads have said another 1 - 3 inches by tomorrow. That will put us somewhere around the 50" mark for total snow, so far, this season. That is our annual average and we have 3 months of the snow season left. The skiers and snowmobilers are loving it.

We did some shopping yesterday for our trip to Cabo. Betty bought a couple of nice sun dresses. The sales lady at Macy's was getting on my nerves. She kept telling Betty how great her legs were. Yes, she has nice legs but I think this woman went overboard and I actually think she was hitting on my wife. Betty told me that I better treat her well or she'll run off with her new girlfriend.

Nothing other than the daily chores on the agenda. However, there may be an announcement coming in the next day or so. Luanne's talk about "Where to go?" got me thinking of a getaway. We'll see if it pans out.

I hope everyone gets dug out of the snow and drives safely. I also hope everyone has a GREAT Thursday.

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Good morning! It's thoroughly sunny here and getting warmer.

Nothing much going on today. I plan to give the Kindle workout. I've started the Stieg Larson trilogy, the first one being "The Girl Who Played with Fire." Can't put it down.

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good morning mates, we are all dug out from the snow, we got about 18-20" of the fluffy white stuff, snowmobiling here we come!
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Good afternoon from a chilly, in the mid thirties, Virginia Beach. I really shouldn't complain when I hear that some of my fellow cruisemates, in the north, are experiencing record snowfalls! Rob has been sick for most of the week; because he suffers from sarcoidosis, his weakened immune system causes him to susceptable to anything and everything that is going around. Meanwhile, I am keeping up with my routine of going to the gym and going to work. Our next cruise, in May, can't come fast enough! Thoughts and prayers go out to those who are not feeling "up to snuff" and those families that were affected by the trajedy in Tucson.
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Good evening from bitterly cold and icy NY
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