Learning has occurred!
Normally snow in Boise is no big deal. It’s rare to even shovel, because the couple of inches we may get never stick around longer then a week. What does Burt Gummer say?
So we started to get snow, and it didn’t thaw and the snow didn’t stop. 14″ later we’re due for a week of rain and some thawing and refreezing. As part of this there are prognostications of power outages and flooding.
Up until now, what went right?
- I’ve had all my neighbors contact information prior. I know who folks are, and folks know me going into this.
- Fitness levels are good. I’ve shoveled not just my drive and sidewalks, but more then a few others. You can’t just sit by and watch a 60 year old man try to clear his walkway. The same goes with pushing cars.
- Provisions are good. We’re good to not go anywhere. That being said, we’ve capitalized on windows of good weather to go stock up (mostly beer.)
What can be better?
- All that house gear that I never got because it never gets that cold… It’s on the docket now. (See the Gummer quote above.) Silcock and vent plugs. A good quality snow shovel. My current plastic shovel is doing great work – but should it break I would be in the hurt locker. Sure I could borrow a neighbors, but two is one and one is none and all that.
- Clothing. I am two minutes away from a hot shower an shelter – and that affords me to be sloppy with my clothing. The gear goal here is to be outside, all day through work and rest cycles and be comfortable in 0* weather + rain.
- Vehicles. Our little commuter car is a no go at the moment. The truck is only an option once everything gets packed down – and only then because of clearance. AWD wasn’t even on the radar (I’ll never need it!) . I got a tow strap and come-along, but didn’t get chains. The wife is up next for a new vehicle and she’s getting an AWD, with chains and all the foul weather fixins. The current truck will finish getting geared up.
- A Generator and grid isolation switch. A generator has been on the radar for a while. If it saves the freezer once it’s paid for itself. Current concerns regarding power outages has the wife looking at generators now too – this makes it a much easier sell.
- Roofing and gutters. Too easy not to clean them in the fall. I’m not sure how much grief this is going to cause as things thaw – but we’ll see!
Actions for next time?
- Clear snow all around the house, and keep it up. Think two moves ahead. A friend wasn’t keeping up with their snow. Then the news does the thinking on our behalf and flooding is suddenly a concern. Now it’s time to have a snowclearing and sandbagging party. Live and learn, I’m betting this mistake won’t be made again.
- Stock more beer.
- Stretch and roll after shoveling.