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How much snow is too much snow?

Asked at Speedway Shell, 1733 Mass. St. on December 8, 2009

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Photo of Althea Schnacke

“If I have to shovel it, it’s too much.”

Photo of Duane Smith

“10 feet is too much, I’m from Oregon.”

Photo of Andrew Storm

“No snow at all is too much snow.”

Photo of Ames Burdett

“If it’s going to be cold, there’s not too much snow. You got to have the snow with the cold.”

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

KKFI... Isn't that that pinko commie socialist propaganda station way down on the dial?

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey, I miss you, Midnight Chicken!!!!! If you are who you think you are, I grew up listening to you in the 70's! I'll take your word on pretty much anything radio related. All apologies!!

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Bill Lee 4 years, 4 months ago

Spacehog, KKFI is not a country music station. It's easily the best station in this area, with the best variey of music available. While it's not for everyone, it's an excellent alternative to commercial radio.

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spiff 4 years, 4 months ago

one of the best OTS threads i've seen in many a moon

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

Snow is sliding off the steep pitched metal church roof here now. It comes down in sections that make a huge whunk as it hits the ground outside my window here by my chair. Much like a body falling off the roof. You just don't get that with a composite roof. I love this part.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

All I can do is be me, whoever that is. -Bob Dylan

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

1029, that story makes me cry. Mostly because it's so danged real. There are actually people out there that believe that type of nonsense. I mean, come on. isn't satan the guy with the big firepit and such? where did he suddenly get ice cold lungs?

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Pywacket 4 years, 4 months ago

1029, in that picture, did Satan bear any resemblance to Bob Dylan? Great story, regardless!

I_Bejewel~ Yeah, I have always wished my kids could see a snow like that. Two are grown & out of the house, but the little fella still has a chance before he's too old to appreciate it. So here's to hoping....

My husband is not at all enchanted with the white stuff. He's one of those sick, twisted types who prefer 90 degrees and blazing sun.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

1029, thank you again for helping me test my hypothesis on how bizarre you have to get on the internet before no one thinks that you're being serious. Not so much here, too much evident suspicion, but the other thread is gold.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

1029, I've come to find out that most things my parents told me when I was a kid are true. They don't like Bob Dylan, though, and he's only 3 years younger than my mom. I'd love to get ahold of that painting.

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I_Bejewel 4 years, 4 months ago

That's a great story Py! Just once I'd like my boys to experience a real big snow like I remember growing up.

1029.....I didn't know whether to laugh or be very disturbed by that story.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

A touch of snow, and it's clear... some are experiencing cabin fever already.

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1029 4 years, 4 months ago

When I was a kid my family told me that snow was Satan spewing saliva over the land because he was mad that so many people were rejecting him and going to church. We used to have this big 8' x 5' painting over our couch that depicted Satan looking down on a snow-covered city scene with a burst of snow spewing from his smiling, foaming, mouth. Therefore, though the nightmares stopped years ago, I still get a little uncomfortable everytime it snows and I think of that painting and how this cold, white madness will never stop as long as people continue to go to church.

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree with everything on merril's list except for KKFI 90.1 FM. Isn't that a country music station? Last time we had a tornado I turned it on and they were playing "Teddy Bear", that perverse song by Red Sovine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY4BV14OZzQ

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

dickmerkin, you're probably right. Now I feel stupid. I first came across that question in Chuck Klosterman's "Killing Yourself to Live". I take him way too seriously. He also mentioned Cotard's syndrome, an affliction in which people believe they do not exist, are dead, or missing body parts. Last time I went to my shrinks' office I took a 24" push broom with me and told him I was sure I didn't exist. He insisted that I exist but I'm just missing a brain and a testicle. So I hit him in the head with the push broom and killed him, desparately hoping my girlfriend from the 1988 KU Swim team would show up at his funeral. She didn't show up, but the police did.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 4 months ago

AH! THE BIG BUG SUNGLASSES ARE BACK! Snow is a four letter word.

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dickmerkin 4 years, 4 months ago

spacehog, That's no diagnostic question, that's just a really old joke. I think the first time I heard it was a rerun of an old black & white movie. Give these guys a chance to Google it and their on it.

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BABBOY 4 years, 4 months ago

I drove to Garden City last Sunday and came back yesterday. I had to do so because of work and a client that needed her case to move forward and not going would slow it down as much as two months.

Anyway, from Topeka on west the roads sucked because of snow and related BS that comes with it.. I saw the carnage of numerous accidents including one where a police car from Riley county was sitting in two pieces on I-70. I saw cars overturned around Dodge City. I have no idea how bad those folks were injured but cannot imagine it being good.

I have a very low opinion of snow and see it as nothing but a hazard that can cost people their lives. But, for those who do not want to work or go to school or have any responsibilities, it is great.

Any snow at all is to much!

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Pywacket 4 years, 4 months ago

When I was 8, we had a legendary snowstorm that dumped 4 feet of snow on us. The drifts between the houses literally met the icicles that hung from the eaves. My friends and I tunneled our way to each other's houses and built forts--down into the snow instead of up from the ground.

My dad was stranded about 15 miles away, in the neighboring city where he worked. He made it home about 2 days later, after the highways and secondary roads opened.

All the neighbor men were out in our street shoveling so he could make it the rest of the way home, as our street had not yet been plowed.

It must've been miserable for Dad & lots of people, but we kids were in hog heaven. For once, school actually closed! That was very rare up there. Neighbors helped each other and we had a little corner store that ended up selling just about everything in their coolers & off their shelves before the roads cleared enough for people to go to the big grocery stores.

11 years later, a very similar snowstorm hit the same area. Being older, having a job & night classes, I didn't have as much fun as when I was 8! I moved here a few years later. They have not had that much snow again so far. I'd love to see that happen here just once.

You just can't have too much snow!

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Mary Darst 4 years, 4 months ago

It has snowed enough when they cancel school.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

snow is pretty to look at. in a picture. not while i'm wading thru it, shoveling it or scraping it off of my car.

i think we got about 3 inches overnight here in salina and its still coming down.

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alm77 4 years, 4 months ago

Whoa, did Merrill just post a list I can agree with? Mmmmm, beans, cheese and salsa!!!!

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Grab a 24" push broom and start pushing the snow away before it becomes too much whatever that is....

Pushing with a broom is much easier than digging with a shovel it seems...... unless that is an illusion.

Plan ahead:

  • heat up some cheese,salsa and black beans
  • bring on crackers or chips
  • some fruit
  • water
  • other beverage of choice
  • gloves and reasonably warm jacket ( sweat will occur)
  • water proof boots or water resistant
  • cover the ears
  • tune in KKFI 90.1 FM
  • grab the broom and go for it
  • take breaks to enjoy the fixin's
  • go sweep some more as necessary
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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

it's ok, i'm used to being censored. a little of me seems to go a long way.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

Careful there AreU. I see some folks got bumpededed last night on that weather thread...I'm kinda thinkin those post had the same flavor...talking about inches or blowing or something.

spacehog (Anonymous) says…

How much snow does it take to keep Tiger Woods out of the news? Another Ice Age? A biblical snow storm in Florida?

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Donnuts 4 years, 4 months ago

Snow in October or early November is too much snow; snow in April is too much snow.

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dajudge 4 years, 4 months ago

I thought she had forgotten all about the man, but, did remember that time her sister wiped a booger on her as a kid and several other mean things growing up. She snapped. Had enough, and then there was a baseball bat laying right there handy, so she had no choice but to hit a home run using her sister's head as the ball.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

as an old girlfriend of mine used to say, 10 inches is just too much. snow that is.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 4 months ago

"OonlyBonly, reticent_irreverent, right you are!!!!! I wish I had prizes for you but I'm unemployed right now (only because I feel that work is prostitution), but I suggest you both call Headquarters right now:)!!"

RI will have to settle for Spacehog points. I believe you get five Spacehog points for that answer.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

hog, What I really dislike is when the damn shrink asks you open ended questions like: Do you see yourself as needing to correct God's mistakes?, then they stop you before you are done answering,

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

How much snow does it take to keep Tiger Woods out of the news?

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

OonlyBonly, RETICENT_IRREVERENT, right you are!!!!! I wish I had prizes for you but I'm unemployed right now (only because I feel that work is prostitution), but I suggest you both call Headquarters right now:)!!

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preebo 4 years, 4 months ago

Too much snow???

I guess when its May... and it dumps, then you might say it's too much.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

Too easy of question space, She is hoping the guy will show up at her sisters funeral.

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

She thought her sister was Bob Dylan?

Snap my boy, you started my day off on the right foot, ice be damned.

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OonlyBonly 4 years, 4 months ago

Because she wanted to see the man at her sister's funeral

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

LOL! No, Snap, but that was a damn good answer!!!!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 4 months ago

Depends on if it is the wrong type of snow.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

If the snow is deep enough to hide a delicious buttery biscuit, well, that's too deep.

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gphawk89 4 years, 4 months ago

There is no thing as too much snow. As long as it doesn't close the slopes due to avalanche conditions and the snow cats have time to groom it overnight, the more the merrier.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

She thought her sister was Bob Dylan?

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

And now, a psych question for Andrew or anyone else. If you guess right, you're either paranoid-schizophrenic or a serial killer. This is honestly a diagnostic question used by psychiatrists: A woman attends her mother's funeral. At the funeral she meets a man she has never seen before. She immediately becomes infatuated with him and is convinced he is the man of her dreams. However, she forgets to ask him for his phone number before he leaves. That night she tries frantically to find this man, to no avail. Three days later she murders her sister. Why would she do that?

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spacehog 4 years, 4 months ago

If a woodchuck could chuck wood.....

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autie 4 years, 4 months ago

Or switch major to meteorology.

Snow in the forecast is too much snow.

A cousin showing up on the holidays usually means too much snow. And not necessarily the frozen water kind.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank goodness for indoor plumbing. No more shoveling your way to the outhouse in the morning after beans, cornbread and rot gut the night before. Take a moment and give thanks to technology folks, you could be freezing your tushies off out there this morning.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 4 months ago

Anybody else think Andrew should change majors?

(And now your local weather, by Andrew Storm...)

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