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Hey Randy - How's the Weather in Denver??

Just wanted to check in on Randy and others in the Denver area. Sounds like a really nasty storm hit yesterday (shut down the airport and everything), and I hear they're predicting another nearly 2 feet of snow today. How are you folks holding up?

All the best for a "slightly less" white Christmas for you all!

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News from Denver today indicated that people could be waiting in the airport until Sunday for flights to resume. All hotels are booked, no rental cars left, etc.

Yikes.

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Just wanted to check in on Randy and others in the Denver area. Sounds like a really nasty storm hit yesterday (shut down the airport and everything), and I hear they're predicting another nearly 2 feet of snow today. How are you folks holding up?

All the best for a "slightly less" white Christmas for you all!
Same wishes from the Tejas Hill Country. In the past, Randy has posted pix of some of the heavier snowfalls. If he can get out, I'll look forward to some this year too. Hang in there, y'all.
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Just talked to my son in Boulder. . .
He has shoveled his walk at least 6 times in the last 24 hours and his black Accord is buried. He can't even see the outline. He estimates that there is 36-48" on the ground. Now the stuff is getting fluffy so if the wind picks up it will start drifting! All of the Interstates are closed in the surrounding areas and the National Guard has been called out to help the stranded.

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Pretty much shut down Colorado Springs. However, the neighbor kids are out in force with sleds. Still snowing, but the wind has died down.

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We LIKE snow, and regret that central Ohio doesn't get much and it doesn't stick around (usually) when it does happen. We've joked for years about moving to Maine, Montana, etc., to get more snow.

Great time to have an ATV or a snowmobile. Might as well make the best of it if you can.

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This might be an opportunity for Denver citizens to take in stranded travelers for a few days, as happened at the Gander, Newfoundland airport on 9/11. The town came out en masse to take in hundreds (thousands?) of travelers until flights resumed.

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Don'tcha love this "Global Warming"?


You shouldn't joke about global warming its real and its serious business. Most people do not know that it causes cold periods with lots of snow and ice. Even if the cold spell lasted a hundred years it would still be global warming. Just ask em... And don't get me started about the greenhouse gases coming from all the volcanoes.

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Just wanted to check in on Randy and others in the Denver area. Sounds like a really nasty storm hit yesterday (shut down the airport and everything), and I hear they're predicting another nearly 2 feet of snow today. How are you folks holding up?

All the best for a "slightly less" white Christmas for you all!
33 inches (officially) in Aurora, my guess would be a little more at our house. My business was closed yesterday and today. Government offices, USPS, FedEx quit early or did not operate yesterday and did not operate today. Malls were closed except as shelters beginning mid-day yesterday and may reopen late tomorrow morning. DIA was closed yesterday and may not reopen until late tomorrow.

Cars littered most streets and most neighborhoods. Most people were not able to get out of their houses until this afternoon. I had to go out and rescue my daughter yesterday and have been able to navigate just fine thanks to my GMC Sierra - it is pretty hard to stop that beast.

We are always prepared for storms with plenty of food water and other necessities. Fortunately I have been collecting accessories to install on the GS later this winter and I have been able to spend the last two days adding lights, Ohlins, Autocom and all sorts of other goodies to the GS. Because I had so much time I have been able to fabricate some nice mounting brackets, wiring looms and other goodies for the GS. I relocated the factory fog light switch to the right handlebar and added a switch to it for MotoLights. I converted the factory fog lights to HID. I added a set of Hella Micro DE HID lights I had at one time planed on adding to an LT, mounted directly over the fog lights. The Micro DE lights can be slaved to the high beam or operated independently.

I made some serious headway toward adding a Rostra electronic cruise control to the GS, though I still have some mechanical interface issues to overcome.

Sadly, I have to go back to work tomorrow.

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Same wishes from the Tejas Hill Country. In the past, Randy has posted pix of some of the heavier snowfalls. If he can get out, I'll look forward to some this year too. Hang in there, y'all.
I have the picture and will post 'em later.

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Same wishes from the Tejas Hill Country. In the past, Randy has posted pix of some of the heavier snowfalls. If he can get out, I'll look forward to some this year too. Hang in there, y'all.
Here you go, Dick. This was taken today by the other photographer in the family, Michelle. I am clearing the sidewalk.



I'll post some more later.

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We had a bunch of snow, but thanks to the beast we were able to go anywhere we needed.



Michelle is standing in the middle of the street where there was over 3 feet of snow.



She sat down with her feet still 18 or so inches off of the street.



You can see the path where I removed the snow from the sidewalk.


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We had a bunch of snow, but thanks to the beast we were able to go anywhere we needed.

You can see the path where I removed the snow from the sidewalk.
Sheeesh - last time I wuz in snow like that wuz in '51. And for some silly reason, I haven't missed it at all!!! Only cages then on the road were the farm implements - and not all of them.

Thanks for the pix, Randy.

BTW - unless I had major company coming over, I'da let folks find the sidewalk themselves!!!

BTW #2 - and Cheryl has Denver/Colorado Springs on her short list of retirement places!! (One of us is gonna have a long commute to see the other one!!!! )j/k
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BTW - unless I had major company coming over, I'da let folks find the sidewalk themselves!!!
The sad part in these parts, no matter how much snow we get, by ordinance we must have the sidewalks cleared within 24 hours after it ends.

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BTW #2 - and Cheryl has Denver/Colorado Springs on her short list of retirement places!! (One of us is gonna have a long commute to see the other one!!!! )j/k
Despite the occasional snow we have a lot of really nice weather. Having been born and raised in Dallas, I'll take a little snow to replace the 'sultry' Texas summers in a heartbeat. As I said above, we are always prepared for a few days down time if needed and actually enjoy the occasional storm.

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We had a bunch of snow, but thanks to the beast we were able to go anywhere we needed....
WOW! That's a lot of snow! I'm glad to hear you, the family, and the rest of the Colorado folks, are OK. You must have a well heated garage to spend that much quality time with the GS on a farkle-fest! So should we pray for more snow so you can stay home from work and finish the cruise control?

You, Michelle and Ilsa have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! That goes for the rest of you folks, too!

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Hey Randy, that snow blower have heated grips? And if the snow is really deep, do you have to use the GPS


Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year filled with lotsa love to y'all.

(pssst- tell Michelle that I'll call her real butt early Christmas morning and sing Christmas songs to her)



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Heck of a dump!

Some great strategy going on here today...the cleanest lots in town are at the regional malls. The highways are great, but everyone wants to get out, so traffic now is slow just because of volume.

Yesterday, all my neighbors are younger health nuts, so no one on our street has a snow blower. About ten of us were out shoveling for hours, but it was very quiet and pretty with only an occasional conversation breaking out and a young golden bounding through the snow that was deeper than the dog! Nice dig-out day.

Meanwhile the bikes sit quietly in the garage, waiting for their turn, which will not be coming for a while.

Attached is a post card-pretty shot of the neighbor digging out amongst the winter beauty.

Merry Christmas to all, and give your loved ones an extra hug this year.
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