[aprssig] 3' snow emergency dumb idea...

Rudy Benner benner at vianet.ca
Mon Feb 8 10:07:58 CST 2010

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: david Vanhorn 
  To: TAPR APRS Mailing List 
  Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 11:02 AM
  Subject: Re: [aprssig] 3' snow emergency dumb idea...

  You've obviously not had to deal with 'sierra cement'.  A bulldozer works.

  -- Sent from my Palm Prē

  Mark Cheavens wrote:

  Snow blowers work well for moving snow. Much easier. 

  - As do backup generators for backup power! 

  It had to be said. 

  At 11:29 PM 2/7/2010, you wrote: 
  >Stupidest Emergecny power Idea for me ever... 
  >With 2'-3' snow forcast, I parked my Prius down at the street end of 
  >my driveway so it would be easy to get out. Went inside.. after 
  >suffering through a few hours of my wife's media induced hand 
  >wringing and hysteria over possible loss of power and other end of 
  >the world scenarios, I assured her that the Prius would power the 
  >house - no problem... 
  >See: www.aprs.org/alternative-energy.html 
  >To show I was doing everything possible, I even went out to pre-run 
  >the extension cord from the Prius to the house breaker 
  >box... Looking for the right cord, I could either use a 50' cord 
  >that was too short or a 100 foot one that was too long. 
  >Thinking I didn't want to give up any voltage drop... I came up with 
  >the IDEA of backing the Prius right up to the garage where the 
  >breaker panel is, and that way my 12' male-to-male "emergency power" 
  >cord could connect the two directly without needing any long 
  >cords... The wife would see that I had done SOMETHING in 
  >preparation, And it would make a nice picture if we used it. 
  >Wind blew, snow flew... power remained for me and you.. 
  >And then for the next 18 hours I got to shovel a 100' long by 8' 
  >wide by 3' deep driveway to get the Prius out.... 
  >I think I'll go with the 100' #12 cord next time instead. 
  >As backgroud, the second laughable tale was the euphoric mood we 
  >were in as we prepared for the snow... firewood, DVD movies, milk, 
  >snacks, chips, popcorn, toilet paper.... As two people with 
  >overburdened busy lives we were looking forward to 3 days straight 
  >at home with NO OTHER DEMANDS. We were young again... 
  >Then spent all 3 days digging out (100' of driveway, plus the 
  >culdesac), protecting an acre of plants from breaking under the 
  >snow, chain-sawing broken limbs across access routes, continuously 
  >cleaning and moping up the water tracked in on every excursion, 
  >removing snow from over 200sqft of solar panels, making contraptions 
  >to get the snow off the roof in preparation for the next 5" of snow 
  >forcast in 2 days, etc, etc... 
  >Then collapsing in exhaustion.. 
  >Bob, WB4APR 
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