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  • devilchicken
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    My wife's disappointed in our "mild" New York winter, which by all accounts the UK is now receiving... Having lived in Southern California all her life, she was actually looking forward to a white Christmas - all in all it's been quite disappointing.

    Of course, I shouldn't wish for inclement weather - we might get something like this....

    Something tells me it will take more than 15 minutes to scrape off the windows and start up the car...
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  • Miqque
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    My, oh my.





    And it hasn't melted yet...

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  • David Mosley
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    Originally posted by johneffay
    By the way, David: how did your daughter manage to reach up to do the head of that snowman?
    That's what parents are for, I guess. :)

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  • johneffay
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    Originally posted by David Mosley
    We've had about 6 inches of snow round our way today, so my daughter rushed out this morning to build a 'little' snowman...
    It's all right for some! My six-year old daughter has been avidly watching the weather forecasts which have been promising 2 inches of snow around lunchtime. We got nearer 2mm before it all turned to sleet. I'm going to be picking up a very disappointed little girl from school.

    By the way, David: how did your daughter manage to reach up to do the head of that snowman?

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  • David Mosley
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    We've had about 6 inches of snow round our way today, so my daughter rushed out this morning to build a 'little' snowman...



    There ain't no finer weather to be reading The Ice Schooner!

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    Yeah, I think the weather people got a bit over excited here, as Doc said. But probably if they hadn't even more idiots would have skidded on black ice, tried to drive through flooded rivers or (a Texas favourite) sideswiped a freight train...

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  • Miqque
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    It's the second day in the sixties (Farenheit) and there is a wonderful melting of the snow. Most side streets (especially in Denver) are ice-packed to a depth of about 8" - just solid layers of ice with "potholes" of melting, playing hob with suspensions. The brake caliper on the truck came loose, and we were lucky that the thing had to go in for a brake job anyhow, and the problem was discovered (it could have been mucho expensive!). Of course the big piles in the parking lots and so forth are untouched, but that's due to the overall cold, which has left snow on the ground nearing seven weeks. (In this part of Colorado, the 'Front Range' as a stairstep before rising another 5-7K feet to the ski areas and mountains proper, snow tends to last three or four days then all melt away.) There's still a solid three feet or so in the back yard, where there's more shade.

    So, Mike - what was the sum total of the Texas ice storm? Just the one brief power outage? No doubt lots of broken branches and general wet mess, huh?

    With my memory operational (a rare occurance) I think the rest of this winter will be a flip - what has been too warm will be too cold, and vice versa. There was a winter in the early 1980's very similar.

    We're expecting more snow this weekend - fits the pattern of snow on Fridays (six of seven of the last weeks, the last Friday snow-free, but we got some Saturday). Longmont, where I live (just a bit south of Boulder on your maps) has gotten hit hard, about twice what Denver has gotten. We're somewhere around 70" in a 45"-normal season. Denver even went so far as to rent giant ice-melters that can thaw 200 tons per hour. Given the amount of snow, that wouldn't make much of a dent. It's going to take God's Ice-Melter (we call it "the sun") to make a real difference, and there will be flooding when it takes place.

    It's been an exciting winter, and the first real blizzard for Mr. California Boy Miqque. I moved here for some weather, and got some. All in all, I vastly prefer it to the brurning-hot summers.

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  • voilodian ghagnasdiak
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    Or an Ice Schooner.
    Everyone is wearing full winter face coverings and goggles here so that only their nasal apparatus is portruding.
    We look like armies of Ghoolegh's.....
    And all I can hear playing inside my head is Choose Your Masque's.


    Way To Go Mike!

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    Um -- it's bye bye Gulf Stream afraid. Got some ice skates ?

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  • Kipper
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    Originally posted by voilodian ghagnasdiak
    The Fhoi Myore passed through here again last night dropping the temperatures to -35C. Is anyone else experiencing this deep freeze?
    It's not that I've engaged 'gloating' mode here VG & DC, but the temperature in Liverpool, UK has just plunged (well - dropped slightly)to -1C. We've had our first scattering of light snow overnight.
    It's just not good enough! I was promised Global Warming! I've had to put my thick jacket on!
    Stay warm you guys 'n gals.

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  • devilchicken
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    It was savagely cold in NYC today. The last time I felt cold like that was on the Norwich coast out by the big offshore wind farm they have there now - made your teeth ache!

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  • voilodian ghagnasdiak
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    The Fhoi Myore passed through here again last night dropping the temperatures to -35C. Is anyone else experiencing this deep freeze?

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  • Miqque
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    Originally posted by voilodian ghagnasdiak
    Most people associate show-biz with big bucks. I am inclined to think on the contrary, that wages for a job such as you describe aren't very high. I also would assume that there is so much cash being funnelled towards the big stars (Richard Dawson) ...that there is little left for the pee-ons that actually make the whole process viable.
    Correct me if I'm wrong Miqque.
    $50 a day plus providing your own insured vehicle is dirt; and that was the pay at the time. I don't think it's much higher now. Stage and office rentals were the highest costs, with salaries next. Basically, there was more money in the budget for snacks than there was for runners ("production assistants"). Many use such jobs as a way to get involved in the industry and make the personal contacts needed for advancement. (I did manage six weeks as assistant to the producer - note the subtle change in job title - pulling down a $2K/a week salary.) My boss, the production coordinator (who works under the production manager, under the assistant producer, under the producer, under the executive producer) did advance nicely to being producer or assistant producer - which pays nicely if one can put up with the pressures.

    The most controversial issue was that instead of Guild writers, many productions have shifted to "segment producers" who do everything from engaging the talent to reserving rooms for them and writing the dialogue. This is SOP for talk and newsy shows - anything other than drama or comedy. Luckily, most prime-time work still bases itself on the script; but even then co-writing credits (and accompanied salary-sharing) often go to director or even actors who contribute significanly to said script. Writers are considered only a necessary evil to studio execs, and they would like to eliminate those costs and just let the production create itself if they could.

    Entry-level jobs are really more on-the-job training than a career. One takes these low-level jobs to get rid of them, and take a higher-level - and better paying - position.

    Rather than a runner, if I were starting I'd get a job as a secretary, and not do that good a job. I'd make contacts ad get myself known, but not provide such skill as to not want to be replaced. And that's pretty much what one has to do. Perform a job well enough to meet expectations, get the job done and shine every once in a while; but not do it so well that the powers-that-be find one irreplaceable. The trick is to keep moving upward until you get in the position you wanted in the first place.

    But don't expect to make money on the road to that job. Expect Raman noodles and working 16-hour days. Expect no social life or perks whatsoever. Rewards on this road are free lunches and a few people treating you kindly (and not like a piece of furniture, which is typical).

    It can be a lot of fun, but it is truly the route to be taken by the young and energetic. We old farts just cotinue to pound words out of a keyboard with the everlasting hope someone will purchase those words.

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  • L'Etranger
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    An article on Spiegel-Online International with several incredible pictures shows quite well what forces were unleashed on Thursday ...

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  • voilodian ghagnasdiak
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    We've been chipping ice off of material all day, every day since monday. It is quite monotonous with no foreseeable warming trend on the horizon.
    It is -20C with the wind here today and I'm off to go work in it...yippeee .

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