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21 inches and still falling here in our nation's capital.
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Again! Gee, you guys have been hit hard this winter!

EFH, is that your home? It's gorgeous!
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:
EFH, is that your home? It's gorgeous!


Thanks, yes it is. We live in a "neourbanist" development in Maryland; the homes are built in a mix of many different traditional styles. It looks like 100-year old house, but it's actually just 17 years old, so none of the hassles of 100-year-old construction. The houses are close together so you get to know all your neighbors, and you can walk to shopping, restaurants and parks. I really love it here. But the snow, not so much.
 
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Wow, that sounds great (yes, except for the snow). I'm a sucker for traditional styling.

Before moving to TX, I had come close to buying a "painted lady" in New England that had been restored and modernized (but still needed a ton of work). But I ended up in Texas instead (no snow!)
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Wow, that sounds great (yes, except for the snow). I'm a sucker for traditional styling.

Before moving to TX, I had come close to buying a "painted lady" in New England that had been restored and modernized (but still needed a ton of work). But I ended up in Texas instead (no snow!)


I love old Victorians!!
I have a favorite "painted lady" here in Southern CT. Next time I drive by I'll have to take a pic.... if I can do so without looking like a stalker.

The big problem is that they have a billion tiny rooms... so you have to do some construction to get the modern "open floor plan." Some of the homes around here are from the 1800's.... they have signs on them and everything. To do renovations on those homes the town historic society gets involved and everything (I've been told you need to use all the same nails, but I'm not sure I believe it). I like the ones with Widow's Watches too... we have some of those here in town.
 
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Send some out our way. We're supposed to be having the Winter Olympics here in Vancouver starting next week, and we're having the warmest January in recorded history. They're bringing in snow by truck and helicopter from as far as 100 miles away.
 
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At my end,




Natural Spring



Wiped Roads





Swimming Pool




18 Inch

 
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It's nice that DC got all the snow this time around. Or at least for those of us who don't live there.
 
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I know you guys are struggling right now, but I have to say that since moving from Colorado to California, I miss the occasional heavy snow
 
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SNow snow snow! EWWW
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The snow!
 
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Bert Bates wrote:I know you guys are struggling right now, but I have to say that since moving from Colorado to California, I miss the occasional heavy snow


The world stops when we get an inch here! We got just about 3feet so we will see how many days this area will be shut down. lol

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Eric:
Is the government open Monday?
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Eric:
Is the government open Monday?


This is the site we follow: http://www.opm.gov/status/

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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Is the government open Monday?

And not on Tuesday: "The federal government will be closed on Tuesday."

http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=596&sid=1880749

More snow is predicted here Wed, perhaps another foot.
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:21 inches and still falling here in our nation's capital.


Wow, I love your house. I assume its a modern Victorian, not a drafty and uninsulated original.

We got 26" at my house. Its a nice house, but a boring center hall colonial like 99% of the houses in the area.
 
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WOHOO MORE SNOW
 
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From WTOP.com:


Closings & Delays

The federal government is closed on Wednesday.

Many major school systems have already made announcements about the next few days.

All major school systems are closed Wednesday, and Loudoun County, Fauquier County, Frederick County (Va.), Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County (Md.), Anne Arundel and Howard County Public Schools are closed for the rest of the week.
 
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Pat, you forgot one thing to announce. I am 'working from home' today.
 
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Vikas Kapoor wrote:Pat, you forgot one thing to announce. I am 'working from home' today.


So true. Been so all week, expect to do so through the weekend.

Right now, the show is falling and the wind so heavy that I can't see the house across the street from mine.

A lot of folks are losing power to their house, which makes working from home a real challenge.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:A lot of folks are losing power to their house, which makes working from home a real challenge.


You guys must have hearth right? and it's about protection against cold first, work comes second.
 
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Vikas Kapoor wrote:You guys must have hearth right? and it's about protection against cold first, work comes second.


We do, but a lot of houses here do not. Most fireplaces actually are poor heaters, they suck in room air for combustion, taking heated air up the chimney.

Ben Franklin invented a stove that was much more energy efficient.
 
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Between Chicago, Colorado, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula I have experience with actual 'cold'...

That said, even though it doesn't get that cold here in the Santa Cruz mountains, it does get chilly, and our house was built without a furnace. We do have a nice franklin-stove-fireplace-insert thingy, but we also have to use space heaters in certain spots around the house. We experienced houses without furnaces in fairly cold parts of NZ, but even so, a house without a furnace is a real mind-bender for me.

Another mind bender for me is that in California it's very common to see exposed PVC piping used for outdoor plumbing applications like running water from the well to the house - yikes!
 
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Arvind Mahendra wrote:Why don't you people in the US use Halogen heaters like this:


Electric heat is too expensive. Except in a few places with tons of dam generated power.

Most electric power in the US is generated by coal fired plants, which are a double evil for the environment:
1) the mining of coal is a disaster
2) the burning of coal is a disaster

Its far cheaper and better for the environment to have a central furnace burning fuel oil or natural gas.
 
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The snow from last fall was still there and more of equal or more amount added. It surely gives a glimpse of north pole. Every damn thing is covered with inches of snow.
 
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Not a lot of news to folks here, Metro (the subway) is running only underground, roads are a mess.

WTOP BREAKING NEWS

The Federal government will remain closed for a fourth straight day Thursday.


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Someday I will know the snow.
Nowadays, only ice cubes to minimize the temperature of 35ÂșC, something like 95F.
 
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Those are some great visuals of the "snowpocolypse", as they are calling it. I'm jealous actually, whenever i see snow snow packed so nicely I imagine wanting to eat some of it, but at the same time you don't want to disturb it because it looks almost like a work of art after its settled. Very mesmerizing and magical.

Keeping in line with some of the socialist ideologies, maybe Obama should collect some of it and distribute it evenly across the nation so everyone can enjoy it equally
 
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