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Mon Dec 23rd, 2013


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08:57 pm - Undistinguished
Day off. Gave shifts away to poor 'I have no shifts on Monday' person, because *I* read the extended forecasts. So of course spent the morning chopping ice because the sidewalks I cleared yesterday melted and refroze last night, as the sidewalks I cleared today will freeze again tonight. My version of Sisyphus.

No salt to be had at the super, which was half without power. (Generator for the very expensive turkeys etc.) I observe the bags on certain neighbours' porches who certainly did not salt yesterday, and contemplate a raid. (One told me 'They keep saying not to use salt so we didn't.' I think 'don't use salt' refers to snowfall and stuff like that, not MAJOR ICE STORMS THAT LEAVE SECTIONS OF THE CITY WITHOUT POWER.) Super only had sand, I bought a bag, found it too heavy to lift; they lent me a shopping cart and I manhandled it home over the icy tundra. Shall sand the unsalted. May sand the unsalted's gardens while I'm at it.

Chopped way to coffee shop. Had coffee. Then walked to subway and transited two stops to store that sells ice grippers. Bought ice grippers. Transited one stop to my aunt's; bought wine for Christmas, passed up epsom salts at $9 for 2kg; visited aunt. Carrying an ice chopper with one is unwieldy but useful-- one can clear those damnable sloping curb corners that are just great for wheelchairs and strollers except when they're slippery slopes covered in ice. Transited back to the stop before mine, bought epsom salts for $4, walked home. My aunt's tony end of the world was bare and dry: you wouldn't believe snow had fallen any time in the last month. Mine was... not as bad as I feared, but the Baptist church is again an ice field. Obviously, no Mimi wo Sumaseba tonight down on King St.

Still, things could be worse. Sister is powerless and has gone to younger bro's place in Oakville. Must be up early tomorrow but then- three days of freedom.
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From:incandescens
Date:December 24th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
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Take care of yourself and stay safe! And enjoy Christmas.
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From:flemmings
Date:December 24th, 2013 11:42 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I shall do all those things. And you the same: I hear you guys are flooding again.
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From:incandescens
Date:December 24th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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There do seem to be some problems, but fortunately my route home avoided them.
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From:i_am_zan
Date:December 24th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
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*sneaking in* - Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Happy Hogmanay!

My mother in law (she's on other side of the Pennines) says it's cold and blustery (sleet where she is) - do keep safe and stay warm.

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From:incandescens
Date:December 24th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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And to you! Merry Christmas!
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From:i_am_zan
Date:December 24th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
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As she says ... stay safe and have a lovely Christmas. Enjoy the freedom. ^___^

(I foresee that tomorrow may be slightly filled with mayhem and pandemonium ... as family gatherings tend to be. Hopefully it will be fun filled and not too fraught)

Love and hugs
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From:flemmings
Date:December 24th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Your tomorrow or mine? ^_^ Mine will be quiet until 6 pm when I go next door and listen to S-I-L's family talking to itself. Wine in abundance, so I shall let the gentle tide of conversation and tryptophans wash over and through me. May your own holiday be as peaceful.
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From:petronia
Date:December 25th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Merry Christmas! Was hoping that you were not without power. I have to say I've always found it extraordinarily public-minded of you to do the sidewalks. XD
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From:flemmings
Date:December 25th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
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And you too ie Merry Xmas and hope you have power.

I like to flatter myself that it's public-mindedness but of course it's pure enlightened self-interest. I clear ice and snow from the sidewalks that go where *I* want to go- the super, the bus stop, the coffee shop- so that I can get there without twisting my knees and ankles. I may feel happier doing it if I know someone elderly lives there, like the Greek Gardener; but mostly I mutter about tits on a bull idiots who can't be arsed to clear their own walks.

Side benefit is that, even in this piggy Christmas season with regular treats at work, my weight has actually dropped a kilo or so.

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