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I feel like playing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. In fact, I think I will right now. Hang on…





there we go, the proper mood music for my triumph.

So, it wasn’t the starter that went on the plow truck. My battery was too dead to hold a charge. Yesterday we went to the battery store and got a new one during lunch - $96 !! Geez, I can buy that old Megatron at the comic store for that! (I still have to post the toys I got from there. Later.)
Anyway, Whitey started up after a couple tries. Yes! I love my truck. I can leave him alone for 2 months and he’ll start right up – as long as the battery is good.
I still had to deal with the hydraulic leak in the plow itself. I left work early after our one and only patient. (We almost got stuck in the parking lot, the snow was coming down really hard and heavy.)
Anywho, I checked the plow over and couldn’t see where it was leaking over the summer, and the reservoir was still full. I figured I’d just connect and see what happened. And it worked! No leak in evidence, yet. We’ll see what happens today when I plow my driveway and travel around the block to plow out mom. Their snowblower broke – in the first snowfall! Suckage. Hopefully I won’t leak either.

Here’s Whitey, all ready to go! I love my truck(s).

 

I’m watching the news and we really got dumped on – it’s the first significant storm of the season. 
And the lake effect snow warning is extended until 11pm tonight. We already got close to a foot of heavy snow, and there’s supposed to be another 6-8 inches on the way. I HATE SNOW!   Or large amounts of it, anyway. It looks like everything is closed, schools, businesses, even the NYS Thruway. The TV has shots of a long, long line of stranded cars and big trucks on the I-90. Announcers say there are thousands of drivers stuck. Don’t know about that, maybe hundreds. 
Always keep food and drink in your car in the winter.  I also have a blanket, shovel, chains, straps, matches, candle, gloves and socks behind the seat.  Knock on wood - I've never been stranded, but I like to be prepared.  Just in case.

Reminds me of the couple times my late husband was stuck on the thruway between Buffalo and Rochester during blizzards. Once he was stuck for 2 days. But, he always carried food with him and in this particular instance, stuck motorists were invited into a home right near the thruway. They could go to the bathroom and relax a bit. 
But, he had a funny story about the beginning of the ordeal, which he would tell in a typical ‘truck driver’ style. 

It had been snowing, and the thruway got clogged because a truck slowed down and got stuck. (Another thing he always said was big trucks could get stuck on wet newspaper. You gotta keep moving.) He had gotten stopped in the late afternoon, and he entertained himself talking on the CB. After a few hours, people got out of their cars to walk around and see what the scoop was. There was an older lady behind him in a big, old Cadillac. She walked up to his cab and knocked on the door. Looking up at him after he rolled down the window, she asked, “Do you have a bathroom in there?” He was polite and said no, without any sarcastic comment. Then, once she was gone, he got on the CB and told all the other truckers what she asked. Rick said, “Yeah, I told her it was down the hall, second door on the left.” They all had a good laugh at that poor lady’s expense. 
Although I can see asking the question, especially if you’ve never seen the inside of a cab. There’s no room in a double, but some of those really huge cabs do have a small potty. You rarely see those trucks around because they are so expensive. 

Anywho,
I have to get dressed now and go outside and plow. Hopefully, I won’t have to go to work today. I have stuff to do. I need to clear the other side of the garage out so I can put Ace in there tonight, put weight in his bed, finish clearing the basement so I can start my stove, bring wood in, start grinding my deer meat, and get the pics ready to post.



Maybe I'll go back to bed.


 


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pjcaruana
Dec. 2nd, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Whitey is well ...
Good News ... all that 'waste of imagination.' ;-)

Excellent advice to stock our vehicles with winter essentials. They'd save our lives if we were to break down on a country road.

I'm totally jealous that you get snow days off from work, especially with your CRAZY Commute!!!

BTW, there's been almost NO new SNOW here since my drive home last night. The roads are clear ... as of 10am.

mdnytryder
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Whitey is well ...
haha, yeah I drive so far to work. What, 4 miles? But, nothing was going on at the office today, anyway.

Not much new snow here, either. I'm waiting to see what happens before 11pm tonight.
mewsing
Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Glad your plow truck is back in action!

(Another thing he always said was big trucks could get stuck on wet newspaper. You gotta keep moving.)

Love that expression! Wet newspaper. Sounds like my dad. :)
mdnytryder
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
You and me both.

Your dad must be super cool and witty!
mewsing
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
In my eyes, he's both (and a whole lot more). :D
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mdnytryder
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks.
I like to be the girl driving the plow truck.
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