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Hey Humma Hah, what was your conversion rate for snow shoveling?(31 posts)

Hey Humma Hah, what was your conversion rate for snow shoveling?lonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 8:55 AM
And while we're at it, you East Coasters can have your #@$&*!! weather back now.

I shoveled snow for 3 hours on Tuesday and 4 hours yesterday. CDOT and local municipalities do a great job on primaries, but they never clear the secondary streets at all. If you don't live on a major throughfare, you are SOL. We snowshoed to the grocery store yesterday, which was, amazingly, open (employees probably skied or snowshoed to work?) and saw several neighbors who also variously snowmobiled, snowshoed, tele skied, or skate-skied. There was a pretty varied collection of nice Nordic equipment cabled to signs and light poles in the parking lot, and 3 cars total, all of which buried in snow and didn't look to be going much of anywhere. Half a dozen pairs of snowshoes were just sort of stacked next to the door. Hey, everyone's got all this crap in the garage, and the cars sure as heck aren't going anywhere, might as well use it, right?

30 inches in downtown Denver, 22.5 in Boulder, and one of my co-workers up near Rollinsville (along Peak to Peak Hwy) got SEVEN FEET. It was all wet, heavy "concrete snow", too, so shoveling it has been a real bear. Now it's bright and sunny, temps to 50 degrees today, 60 tomorrow. This is gonna get interesting...
Looks like RAAM to me :-) nmDougSloan
Mar 20, 2003 9:06 AM
is that bump in the snow your car?sievers11
Mar 20, 2003 9:10 AM
My brother lives in Winter Park, they got 73 inches. He could hardly talk on the phone he was so excited.

I think your pain, is my brother's pleasure.
picnic table & gas grilllonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 9:20 AM
It took us a half hour just to excavate the grill, then we grilled out (yes, I know, we're a little strange). Our deck is not in real good shape, so we shoveled it off 3x because we were worried it would collapse.

One of the trees in the front yard looks like it got hit by a tornado. I was going to climb up in it with a saw yesterday to take down the branches that were threatening to come down onto the roof, but my SO told me "if you're that bored, start shoveling the sidewalk!". The 4 hours was just to clear a path from the doors to the driveway, and the driveway to the street.

The main roads are clear and mostly dry, so I brought the 'cross bike to work today. It will be wet, but rideable.
What? We thought you MISSED it!Humma Hah
Mar 20, 2003 9:11 AM
Shucks, in Virginia we usually get little 2" snowfalls, and then once about every 10 years get clobbered by one of your misplaced storms.

From all accounts, you seriously NEEDED the snow. Or, maybe, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California needed you to have a huge snowstorm.

I did some energy expenditure calculations for moving 30 tons of snow, and its actually rather abysmally low compared to a few hours of cycling.
Nice pic, but MB1 and wife would still be out riding in that nmFez
Mar 20, 2003 9:19 AM
Fez, I would LOVE to have seen that, reallylonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 9:28 AM
Dude, we are talking about 30" of snow. Remember, the city doesn't touch the side streets. Even our roommates Jeep was hosed until about 6PM yesterday, after the guy who lives up the street and just happens to have a 4x4 with plow came and dug us out. Unless you snowshoed or tele skied 1/2 mile out to the main road portaging the bike, it was not do-able, and I'm a confirmed harsh-weather nut.

We rode our MTB's in the historic 22" snowfall in Cincy back in '96, but the plows were running 24/7 keeping our streets packed down. Believe me, you can barely WALK in 30" of snow, much less ride a bicycle. This is not your typical Colorado powder, either - it is about the consistency of a Slurpee.
anything for you, LFR. see below! :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 9:52 AM
Yeah, I saw the news reports...Fez
Mar 20, 2003 9:54 AM
Saw how Denver airport is closed and how people who were out on the roads were stranded and tried to go to the nearest shelter. Now might be a good time to hit the slopes for some skiing!

But I know how you feel. We just had 20+ inches of snow out here and my Jeep had trouble on anything that wasn't driven over and packed once. And I couldn't ride for days :P
My, my, my, that looks so familiar!look271
Mar 20, 2003 9:24 AM
Too bad ours is all but melted! 70F tomorrow; I'll have to break out the sunblock!
DAAMMN!! Yeah, it prolly wouldn't stop MB1 & wife! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Mar 20, 2003 9:24 AM
Looks like Ottawa two weeks ago, we'll be riding next week.nmSpunout
Mar 20, 2003 9:26 AM
Better you than us, I have had enough snow for a while.MB1
Mar 20, 2003 9:39 AM
We actually skipped a day of riding during the big snow days while we attended a wedding and reception. I did spend a few hours shoveling that day.

I feel for you.
Miss M *DID* ride colorado this week, MB1 chickened-out!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 9:50 AM
(it's almost friday)
Wait a minute...Fez
Mar 20, 2003 9:57 AM
Is this picture a fake? I don't see shoe covers, which are a must in 30" of snow.
are you kidding me? not a fake. how insulting! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 10:02 AM
good one; but who took the picture? nmDougSloan
Mar 20, 2003 9:57 AM

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Bob Roll. who else? duh! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 10:03 AM
Bobke *WAS* there, I tell ye. here's's on film!JS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 10:11 AM
Mar 20, 2003 10:06 AM
and it's too bad, 'cause LFR was just on her way to the store...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 10:21 AM
(note: this high-quality image was processed by a graphics professional)
Haiku, that is just possiblylonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 10:42 AM
some of the WORST "farking" I've ever seen. Has no one ever taught you how to use the magic lasso tool and 'difference mask' to feather your selection?

Of course, that assumes you'd actually care, right? Are you a regular on I'm surprised you didn't add a 'cliche kitty' or domo-kun to this one, it's just ripe for the picking.
that IS a real pic of Roll in your yard, tho. :) :) :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 10:54 AM
I'll second that, LoneFrontBaby!Bob Roll
Mar 20, 2003 11:03 AM
Beth rides a Colnago. She goes on headlong bezerking, shirking preconceptions. She knows people got all kinds of problems -- the majority of which are exacerbated by driving cars. She knows her friend Bobke's got lots of problems -- the majority of which are soothed by riding his bicycle.

I hated Colorado when I raced there. The chip and seal roads busted into goo by the summer sun seemed to drain life out of my body. The pastoral elegance so richly treasured by French ("Freedomite") tourists is nothing like you experience as a bike racer.

Colorado is as glorious in its fecund creation vessel as it is debilitating and gloomy for the Excel racers. In this way, your purgatory as a racer is given more and clearer significance as you pass over into the heavenly repose as a past Tour raconteur and all France's glory is laid at your feet. Her gifts are best appreciated by those who've survived her cruelty. By watching the great race as it winds through the most glorious backdrop of any sporting event you too can get a sense of this beautiful and cruel dichotomy.
I'm guessing the Chinese Bike Martyr is close behind (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 21, 2003 7:28 AM
i wish i could say i feel sorry for yourufus
Mar 20, 2003 10:29 AM
but better you than us. i've had just about enough of winter.
Oh, that's okay, even I don't feel sorry for melonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 10:34 AM
It's been dry and warm all winter here and I've got well over 2K miles in this season, so I'm not complaining; this is actually one of the very few times I've been unable to ride outdoors for more than a 3 day period.

We really, *really* needed the snow. And it was really quite fun to use our snowshoes without having to drive somewhere to do it.
Try shoveling with your leg in a braceColorado Ron
Mar 20, 2003 11:09 AM
I've got an 600 sq ft deck. There's not much more enjoyable than shoveling almost 3 feet of wet cement off of it while wearing a leg brace. Oh, well we needed it so I guess it was worth it. It was great watching our German Shephards trying to move around in it. They both had no trouble sleeping last night.
I'm also an avid backcountry skier and get a morning forecast from the CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center). Here's a blip from this AM's forecast.

Storm totals from the high peaks to the foothills are in the 55 to 87.5 inch range; base
depths at several sites (ABasin, Loveland, and Winter Park, 120 inches) have topped the century
Hey LFRColorado Ron
Mar 20, 2003 11:16 AM
know anyone who has worked with Andy Pruitt at the Boulder Sports Medicine center? Please e-mail me
roger that, e-mail on its way (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 11:43 AM
We had 27.5" in Boston in this year's big blizzardkenyee
Mar 20, 2003 3:36 PM
At least you guys have lots of space to put the stuff in. Our streets and sidewalks were half buried w/ snow piles 4-5' high. Good reason for SUVs, though most wouldn't make it through 30" of heavy wet snow :-)

Gotta love wacky weather like this...