24th Jan2017

And Here’s A Snowy GTI

by Michael Chandler

This weekend I was helping my girlfriend move into her new apartment.  Hooray for a change of scenery!  Unfortunately, we had that monster storm.  I was confident it wasn’t going to be that bad.  They said 1-3 inches!  I can deal with that, even with the sub-optimal tire setup* that’s on the GTI.  Then I woke up, and looked out the window.  

GUH!  That 1-3 inches wound up being over 6.  That much snow would be too much for the GTI, but it wouldn’t be that much of a problem for the Nissan Rogue that was tucked in the garage.  I just had to get it out, which meant moving the GTI, which meant I’d have to clear the driveway of all that snow.  All that heavy, wet snow.  So heavy and wet that it rendered my little snowblower useless.  Normally, I’d have another cup of coffee and fire up the old Playstation; however, I had made a promise, and damnit I was going to keep it!  I grabbed the shovel, and got to digging.

And dig I did!  It was not fun, nor easy, but I did it.  And I saw some of my neighbors challenge the hill that is my street.  Everyone made it, but my God were some sketchy.  Have you ever seen a Mercury Mariner do a tank slapper up a snow covered hill, with a nervous teenage guy at the helm and his scared girlfriend hanging on to anything in the cabin for dear life?  I HAVE.  It’s pretty damn scary when you’re in the killzone, funny in hindsight.  Anyway, I managed to get the GTI moved, the Rogue out, and helped my girlfriend moved.  Expect a weird review of the Rogue here in a little bit, I have some thoughts on that crossover.

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*All Seasons on the front, summer tires in the rear.  Always have the proper tires, kiddos!

07th Apr2016

For Those Complaining About Rain

by Michael Chandler

NASA Utah Round 6 Lightning CAMautoMag Michael Chandler 2014 (2 of 5)

There’s  40% of showers later in the day.

NASA Utah Round 6 Thunder CAMautoMag Michael Chandler 2014 (28 of 32)

The show is in four days, the forecast is probably going to change between then and now.  It could get worse, but it could get better too.

NASA Utah Round 2 Saturday-144

And if it rains, so what?  First off, they’re forecasting rain showers.  Showers don’t last all day.  Second, it’s PM showers.  I know the show starts at 1, but there are a lot of hours in the PM part of the day.  Third, it’s not like there aren’t ways to fend off the rain.  Umbrellas have been a thing for nearly 2000 years.  Jackets, coats, hats, pants and closed toe shoes are staples in modern American society.  And if you’re going to be there shooting photos or video, I have some great news for you: there are readily available, and affordable products designed to keep your cameras dry.  Hell, I have a bunch so I’ll bring extras.

Don’t fear the rain!  Embrace it!  Revel in it!  I’ll see you on Sunday!

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