I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 8:24 AM GMT on January 30, 2012
A couple of nights ago we had a real blizzard. Big wet snow flakes all night. It was predicted, but I pay little attention. When I wake up during the night, it is dead quiet. The Dutch Hum is missing. And no wind. But I knew it was bad when I was wakened by DUTCHIE pawing the window trying to grab snowflakes.
We had a 6 AM delivery that morning, and it was lucky we got it done. Half my crew got stuck on the way to work. This was heavy wet snow, slushy heavy. Hard to shovel. I went out to the Tahoe and knew there was Trubba. A two foot drift was where there was nothing 8 hours earlier. I figured I could get out, WRONG. I did the rocking thing. GNU guy showed up (I was giving him a ride), and he did a bit of shoveling. But all I needed was a gentle push.
People were stuck everywhere. Like my main warehouse guy. But we were too busy to send someone to pull him out. Eventually I went to get him. I had a shovel and a heavy strap. We did a little shoveling and hooked up that strap. The wet snow was very heavy, almost like water.
A big snow shovel rig was plowing the street. The guy saw our predicament and came up and plowed as close as he could. Then he stopped and let us tie the strap up to his rig. It broke very quickly. But he had a thicker strap. We tried again, and he got the van out.
It was a major snow removal effort that day. But there were few places to put it. Piles of old snow were everywhere. And it got warmer. It has been below 20 since I got back from sunny Florida. Now it was at 40. The typical Dutch Major Melt ensued. The first time this year I saw pavement.
My Chow Porch was under 2 to 3 feet of snow a couple days ago. It is now all gone.
Dutchie has not been outside for about 7 weeks. She screams wanting to go out, and I open a window (as a joke), and she slinks away.
STUPID ME, I thought today would be an easy day. YEAH. I was woke up at 7 AM telling me there would be a delivery at NOON. Glad they did not call at 4 AM, I guess.
I was at my place until about 10:30 thinking it was a light day WRONG. One big order for 10 PM, then another for 6 PM. Then 9 PM. Stuff we had top spend time pulling. EVERYONE wanted fresh produce. But we had just filled a large order of produce, so we were already low. And everyone wanted the same stuff we just ran out of. Frustrating.
The Perfect Storm. By coincidence I am watching that movie as I write.
I was there until 9:30.
Sorry about the few photos and blogs. Right now I am just doing what I get paid to do.
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