Do You Remember How To Drive in Snow (and Ice)?

What are the things that puzzle, enrage, delight and tickle you as you go about your life in Madison?

Do You Remember How To Drive in Snow?

Yup.
21
47%
Nope.
1
2%
Yeah, I do, but everyone else seems to have forgotten!
20
44%
Never done it before, but how hard can it be?
1
2%
Aaiiiieeeeee!
2
4%
 
Total votes: 45

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Do You Remember How To Drive in Snow (and Ice)?

Postby Richard S. Russell » Sat Dec 25, 2004 5:12 pm

Remember the old joke about why managers don't like 3-day weekends? Because it's such a nuisance to have to retrain the help on Tuesdays.
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Postby wmd_4_me » Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:01 pm

yeah it's called 4wd on a heavy truck wooo ha!

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Postby charliedon'tsurf » Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:37 pm

wmd_4_me wrote:yeah it's called 4wd on a heavy truck wooo ha!

Wow, that's almost as cool as watching the Daytona 500 while getting a blowjob from your cousin.

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How 'bout Now?

Postby Richard S. Russell » Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:00 pm

OK, let's add in some sleet and freezing rain. How about now?

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Postby snoqueen » Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:50 pm

I never saw so many people driving properly as I did today during the sleet storm on my way out to Borders Books. What a strange subgroup of Madisonians were out at that hour -- nobody who partied last night and was hung over, and nobody who wanted to watch football. The remainder, surely a tiny and skewed sample, were behaving like complete adults. It was stunning and abnormal. I only saw two slide-off crashes on the way out, both by large awkward vehicles completely unlike the sedate little sedans the rest of us were in. Freaky demographic thing.

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Jan. 6 Update

Postby Richard S. Russell » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:53 am

Here, have half a foot of the stuff. Now how ya doin'?

Following that snowplow suddenly doesn't seem like such an inconvenience after all, does it?

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Postby Paco » Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:14 am

gotta be nuts to drive in this, in Madison.

Two Words: Madison Metro.

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Postby Eastsider » Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:30 am

I was the first one down the bike path this morning. Clear sailing as usual.

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Postby auntgoodness » Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:37 am

I don't need no stinking four-wheel drive!! I am the master of driving an almost-low-rider '90 Toyota in snow up to the wheel wells!

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Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:59 am

Back in the 50's, 60's and 70's, this stuff was normal! If you grew up here, you knew what to do. I've seen it all. I was on Madison Metro during the latest weather and my drivers were great. They were even civil to the annoying winos on the bus. Thankyou coffee shops for staying open, past 8 P.M. Thankyou landlord for shoveling and the salt bucket. Thankyou Market Basket for that last pizza I grabbed!

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Postby Chuck_Schick » Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:36 pm

auntgoodness wrote:I don't need no stinking four-wheel drive!! I am the master of driving an almost-low-rider '90 Toyota in snow up to the wheel wells!

Front-wheel drive is all it takes. I don't need my all-wheel drive to get around, but it sure comes in handy when it comes time to park on one of those drifts caused by the idiots who disregard alternate side parking rules (see related thread). This time of year there's always an open spot for a car like mine. I park where others dare not tread, and it's even kind of fun.

Apparently that idiot WMD hasn't seen the same number of trucks and SUVs off the road as I have. Yeah, 4WD is all it takes. I guess skill has nothing to do with it. What an asshole ...

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Russell's Rules of House Buying

Postby Richard S. Russell » Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:43 pm

Russell's Rules of House Buying

I'm posting this the day after we got more than half a foot of snow dropped on us. Wonder why? Read on!

The Rules

(1) Never buy a house on a corner lot.
(2) Get a lot that's narrow but deep.
(3) Make sure the house is close to the main sidewalk and has an attached garage.
(4) Choose the north side of the street.
(5) The lot to the west should have a big deciduous tree in its front yard.
(6) The lot to the east should have a fire hydrant.

The Reasons

(1) (A) Twice as much sidewalk to shovel.
� � � � (B) Twice as much cost for curb, gutter, and sidewalk assessments.
� � � � (C) No back yard. (2 side yards, but that's not the same.)
� � � � (D) Twice as much traffic.
� � � � (E) When you get a car crash on your corner, they'll track bloody footprints on your carpeting on the way to use your phone.
(2) Less public sidewalk to shovel but same size back yard.
(3) (A) Less private sidewalk and driveway to shovel.
� � � � (B) Gets the car off the street so it doesn't get plowed in.
� � � � (C) You can walk into the house without having to face the weather.
(4) It's sunnier and melts the snow faster.
(5) Note the "deciduous". In the winter, when the branches are bare, the sun shines thru. But in the summertime, when it's in full leaf, you don't get the hot afternoon sun. You don't have a tree on your own lawn so you don't have to rake.
(6) (A) If your house catches fire, you want one close.
� � � � (B) If your nabor's house catches fire, you don't want the firefighters camped out on your front lawn.

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Re: Russell's Rules of House Buying

Postby mrak » Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:53 pm

Richard S. Russell wrote:You don't have a tree on your own lawn so you don't have to rake.

I wish it worked that way! I only have one tree on my lot, but I get more than my share of leaves from the neighbor to the west.

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Postby roadkill bill » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:31 pm

Chuck_Schick wrote:Apparently that idiot WMD hasn't seen the same number of trucks and SUVs off the road as I have. Yeah, 4WD is all it takes. I guess skill has nothing to do with it. What an asshole ...


People with 4WD seem to miss the obvious:
4WD helps you get the vehicle moving.
It doesn't help you stop.
Or steer.

The few times that I absolutely had to drive on the interstate or other highway in a blizzard (Hello, Mom? Yeah, I'm not coming for your birthday because there are too many idiots on the road) I noticed an inordinantly high number of SUVs in the ditch. The smart folks driving the sedans were purring along at a reasonable pace, given the weather and road conditions. The SUV morons were zippipng by at well over the speed limit and about twice what they should be doing.

What a surprise to see these same clueless individuals in a snow bank about 10 miles farther on.

Sweet justice.

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Re: Russell's Rules of House Buying

Postby auntgoodness » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:35 pm

Richard S. Russell wrote:� � � � (E) When you get a car crash on your corner, they'll track bloody footprints on your carpeting on the way to use your phone.

Whoa bro. You're kinda freaking me out. Still, some good points there.


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