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Tubob: Up On The Roof

I just got down off my complex cantilevered-peaked angled roof plane surfaces with my youngest, the six foot five TOWWSG son. It was a nighmarish job of breaking huge slabs of snow to send ripping over the edge plunging into huge detonating hits on the sidewalks, deck, and yard below. I got snow down my boots and down my butt and I was wearing Columbia ski pants and they got soaked. Standing near the vent pipes blasting methane gases generated by a household of huge men through melted holes in the 4 feet deep snowpack, I could scarcely maintain consciousness as the waves of sewer stink nearly overcame me and sent me sliding like some ungainly comatose walrus across an ice floe on some godforsaken frozen arctic hell-land/TUBOB. More here.

Question: What part of winter 2008-09 have you struggled to deal with?

Parting Shot 12/18/08

Sherri Gittel shovels out the sign in front of Gittel’s grocery store Thursday on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene.  Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County received approximately two feet of snow from the latest storm.  JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review

Question: What did you do today while the snow fell?

New Christmas Hats

Don Sausser notes in an e-mail that so much snow fell that the heat from this streetlights couldn’t melt it. Now, the lights have their own Christmas caps.

CDA Sets Record For Snowfall

Coeur d’Alene blew through its 24-hour snowfall record with 25 inches reported at the mouth of the lake with about 3 additional inches expected through today. The old record was 16 inches set on Feb. 6, 1955/Mike Prager, SR

Love: Surviving Drive To CDA

While drivng to and from Coeur d’Alene yesterday (both trips taking a few minutes shy of two hours to cover the 45 miles), I could think of only two other times I’d been so fearful of the possibilities of meeting my maker. And I drove defensively every moment/Marianne Love. More here.

Question: Are you comfortable with winter driving?

Expert: Don’t Shovel Roofs Yet

Should you worry about the snow piling up on your roof? Probably not — at least not yet, says Rick Simmet, roofing manager for Specialty Home Products. This snow’s really light, so I don’t think it’s going to be an issue like it was last year with that really heavy snow,” he said. Some carports in apartment complexes collapsed following last year’s biggest accumulations of snow. Simmet says it may not be a bad idea for homeowners who can safely clear snow to do so, but doesn’t see it as a pressing concern/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Did you shovel your roof last year?

Heating help on the way?

Congress is now considering a big increase in funding for a program that helps the poor pay for winter heating.