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A curious thing …

10 Mar

Having got my car back, I've been a little more willing to go about with a camera (It's amazing how walking long distances in the cold, dragging a heavy cart of whatever one has gone out for, can dampen one's enthusiasm for carrying a camera, too … and for making little side trips.). I'm bloody glad to get the little beast back, I can assure you. It's amazing how the deprivation makes the possession much more appreciated. Despite the fact that the seats make me fold up like a damned jack-knife. She was running just beautifully a couple of weeks ago, when, suddenly, she wasn't. Frustrating would be a good word for the situation. Turned out the camshaft had just snapped, leaving only one set of valves able to move. I've never seen anything like it, and hope I never do again. I really don't like taking cylinder heads off. Makes me testy, to say the least … I get what's known as an "engine-work backache", from the position I have to assume to work in there. Oh, well, all is taken care of, and at a reasonable price, too.
Anyway, I went out yesterday to have a look at the usual places (and, incidentally, to pick up some odds and ends of groceries), and found the little harbour-cum-boat-launch area to be, basically, boringly the same, except for one thing: the area surrounded by breakwaters was completely frozen over. I have never seen it do that before … ice up around the edges, yes, but never completely frozen. And the queerest part of it all was that it hasn't been terribly cold this season … I don't think it's gone below 0°F, except maybe one or two nights, all season. In fact, whatever snow we get seems to melt off at an unseemly rate. In total, I've shoveled perhaps 2 cubic feet of snow, max. Well, enough talk … I took a few frames of the frozen harbour, and came home.


Cheers, all!

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27 responses to “A curious thing …

  1. SittingFox

    March 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Well, it looks cold, even if it isn't (relatively speaking). Pretty photos though.I bet you're glad to have your car back! I miss the Lincoln Town car that I used in Saskatchewan.

     
  2. SittingFox

    March 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    LOL, such things are far beyond my budget in an ordinary way, but this one was 20 years old (and in pristine condition!). So it accompanied me on my dissertation research. The gas consumption wasn't too bad, really. At least not as bad as the hired Ford we'd had prior to that :insane: It's a beautiful car, and it's still sitting in the front yard in my relations' house in Sask, waiting for me…a good excuse to go back 😉

     
  3. MrLeffe

    March 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Beautiful photos and it looks like you have some cold days even if there is very little snow 🙂 🙂

     
  4. derWandersmann

    March 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Adele: Thanks.Lincoln Town Car! Wow! Living in the lap of luxury! I'd miss it, too. Eats petrol like a monster, but it's worth it.Eva: Thank you.Yes, it's been cold, but only in short spurts. As for the snow, this last storm brought our totals up to "normal".

     
  5. crystalacey

    March 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

     
  6. harrytheman

    March 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love the way that you have written this blog post. It brings a whole different perspective to the accompanying photos. I felt like I was sitting with you around the kitchen table with a glass of whiskey while you produced treasured photos from an old tin box that you keep on the top shelf.Does that make sense or am I sounding a bit daft now?

     
  7. derWandersmann

    March 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    It must be the single malt. I've a lovely bottle sent me by my Scottish Lassie … quite unique stuff, this, from the Isle of Islay. Quite sufficient to produce the effects you describe.Thanks for the compliments, from you and Crysta."They sit in the kitchenSome tea with whiskey keeps away the dew"

     
  8. crystalacey

    March 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

     
  9. Aqualion

    March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Amazing… Seems the weather gods have decided you must have your deal of snow now, on the doorstep to summer.

     
  10. Stardancer

    March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Nice photos. Not had to deal with frozen water down this way much (knock on wood 🙄 ). But I'll be glad when spring fully arrives.Glad you were able to get your car fixed. Understand the frustration. Mine's on life support.:D

     
  11. serola

    March 12, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Indeed you managed to capture the coldness :sst: :up:

     
  12. derWandersmann

    March 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks, Star … and good luck.Thanks, Sami … I think the cold was enhanced by the fact that I noticed that the barf-bottle for the cooling system was empty, indicating that there wasn't much coolant in the system. I filled it up, with the consequence that the heater was making it hotter'n billy-be-damned inside the car, and when it was being repaired, someone unhooked a vacuum line, and forgot to put it back, and I can't find it. So I can't manipulate the little doors in the air ducts. I'm running with the windows open. So I got out of the hot car and the cold air felt REALLY cold.

     
  13. mrandmrsbard

    March 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    It appears your dock area is much more shallow than the surrounding water, and protected by the rock breakers. This will help to make it freeze harder. But, back to your real problem, twin cam cars have a failure rate higher than the old cam in block engines, but do give you more HP per pound. I am still partial to the old chunks of iron, but upkeep on old jalopies is expensive. Really good shots of the lake, and I agree it is quite unusual for the snows and cold to be missing all winter. must be global warming, sell your parka.:psmurf:

     
  14. serola

    March 13, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    I'm running with the windows open.

    But make sure you don't get draft :worried:

     
  15. gdare

    March 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I like the first photo, calm and cold :psmurf:

     
  16. derWandersmann

    March 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks, Dare.

     
  17. tdjmd1

    March 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I hate the cold, but looking at your photos I forget it. Nice shots.. Loving the lines –they are everywhere, particularly in the case of that play of them in the background of both of your pictures. To me, the different shades of blue in the background and the exaggeratedly horizontal skyline is very impressive. Many thanks to you, señor dW.

     
  18. derjungeamfluss

    March 25, 2013 at 3:03 am

    snow snow snow… similar here, really long winter this year. just own a bike… and tired of clothing like michelin man 🙂 have a nice week!

     
  19. derjungeamfluss

    March 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    hey thank you! i have a friend from US, veteran living here. he lived in Arizona and loved the heat much! he went to work by bike always 🙂

     
  20. PainterWoman

    March 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I sure know what you mean about not having a car, didn't have mine for about three days because the heater had gone on the blink. Of course, it had to be when it was minus five! And you won't find me traipsing around in the cold with my old camera. I really don't like the cold at all. In fact, I can almost say I hate it like the person above. I am not handling it well here at all. I want my Arizona sun!Think positive! Back to your photos. I really like the first one especially because of all the angles. They are everywhere: the clouds, boat docks, road, the shape of the land, etc! Very cool!

     
  21. tdjmd1

    March 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    I can almost say I hate it like the person above. I am not handling it well here at all. I want my Arizona sun!

    What was the average temperature of your place in Arizona, if I may ask, of course, Painterwoman..

     
  22. PainterWoman

    March 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Here is a nice graph that shows the average temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona where I lived for 60 years. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USAZ0166It shows only three months of 100 degrees. It can sometimes start in April and go to October, but not every single day.

     
  23. tdjmd1

    March 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    O, great! Very interesting info, Mz. PainterWoman.. I'm going to publish those charts in The Lunarist.. Every single piece of info comes to match in some way in that Global Weather Pattern… Sooner or later.Ah, you are part of our The Lunarist Group, huh? You look like being very interesting in climate conditions as I can see. Good thing.I'm not an expert, just learning. My local climatic conditions are not as changing as yours, inhabitants of temperate regions or continental climate, so I need to learn a lot from you all.Thank you very much for the data..

     
  24. greatZenaida

    March 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

    :yes: :cheers: Have a happy easter…I've seen some family pictures that you created short while, it's wonderful to see you, when you were young, your wife and kids too…:love: ly 😎 😀

     
  25. derWandersmann

    March 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    It's not the earth; the jetstreams have been definitely displaced from their former patterns … this is about the second year that it has been so disturbed, and I fear we must get used to an entirely new climate pattern, because it shows no sign of switching back.A few years ago, my wife and I decided to go see a Rendezvous encampment up in Sheboygan; some 2 hours north of here. This was January, and it was supposed to be a Frostbiters' Rendezvoux, perhaps 10 tipis and all, out in the snow. In order to keep the snow from being too deep to manage, they had hired a snowplough to scoop the snow down to a more manageable level … say 4". A nice job, and they just dumped all the scraped-off snow 'round the edges of the camp area, and the folks all set up their tipis and made camp.Well the two weekend days turned unseasonably warm … the day we got there, the second day, the temperature was above 60°F, and the day before had been about the same, and the night not much cooler. You can imagine that the snow started melting, big time, and the piles around the outside of the campground made very efficient walls (besides making their own not-inconsiderable contribution of meltwater), and the encampment was being held (bravely, I must admit) in about 2½ feet of cold water. It was quite a sight to see. We didn't bother to go in; we just extracted our feet from the mud and drove home, with a good chuckle. Went out to dinner that night, as I recall.

     
  26. mrandmrsbard

    March 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    @dW, South of you, in St. Louis area, we had 12.6 inches of snow on Sunday, this week, snow gone temp in the 60's. Who would guess? All through the Winter months we had a total of 14 inches, first week of Spring we get 12+, must be Global Warming, or the Earth has shifted on it's axis.:worried:

     
  27. derjungeamfluss

    March 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    good example you describe! its not about uncomfortable or unseen extremes i think, the average temp. is rising if we look global. 😦 this happened before yes… but not made by human; this made by human industry is scary because development is so fast we see extreme we never seen before; just like you describe. Did you ask the people there about what they remember? have they seen before what you describe? In our european mountains Alpen people describe similar like you do. Even freezed eocks started melting now… dangerous for the valleys.

     

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