Snowmageddon

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Wow.

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We certainly got a healthy dose of snow today, eh? Having lived in Arkansas for so long, and then with a few recent mild winters, I lost respect for how impressive Wisconsin winters can be.

My workplace was open today, but encouraged everyone to work from home, so I did just that. The photo from above was taken at around 8:00am, just as I was trying to coax the Flea to go outside. She had other intentions... here she is at around 10:00am.

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Sometime around noon or so, the snow picked-up again; according to the news, Madison had nearly 13" of snow by noon. While I was attending to conference calls and work-stuffs, I peered outside and was shocked to see the snow "falling" horizontally. This photo was taken at around 1:00pm.

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Flea had decided to move, but not by much... apparently she got too warm under the blanket, so she adjusted her position.

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With work winding down, I decided to go outside and attempt to tackle the snow. I opened the garage door and almost collapsed. The snow blower has a 22" wide opening and is about 16" tall at the opening.

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The best part about the snow? It was super wet and heavy and the snow blower could barely handle it. Oh wait - no, that wasn't the best part. The best part was trying to shovel the far end of the driveway, where the snow plows had deposited nearly 4-and-a-half-feet of packed, icy, dense snow that I had to move 100% by hand. OMG.

It took just over 3 hours to "snow blow" and shovel the driveway... and, it looks like I need to do it all again... oh, this is fun.

Here's what the back deck looks like as of about 5 minutes ago:

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I just turned to the local weather station, and they're reporting Madison has hit 19" of snow. Next up are the winds - 45mph gusts tonight. So much for the shoveling.

And guess who absolutely does not want to venture outside, not even for a second?

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But enough about the snow...

I had a good time this weekend - I helped a friend from work fix an electrical problem that manifested in headlights that refused to work. She was quoted something like $2500 by the local dealership to fix just one side. I did some research and found out the problem was most likely related to either the "ignitor" or "ballast," both of which are located inside of the headlight assembly.

With a little more research, I found the OEM part numbers and was able to order new parts from Amazon (love that site) for just $292. So, her and her spouse swung over to the house on Saturday and we tackled the repair. Here's her car at its "worst" -

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A few hours later and the surgery was a success. The lights all worked, we zipped-up the car, and they saved about $2100. To celebrate, they took me to Smoky's Restaurant - a very classic steakhouse in Madison. I hadn't been there since around 1989 - not much had changed, but the steaks were phenomenal. If you're in the mood for a good steak, I'd highly recommend Smoky's. Wow.

And with that, I think I'll sign-off. The power is now flickering, so I'm not sure how long I'll have an internet connection. Stay warm!

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