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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fastnacht Day!

Last year's fastnachts
Early in the morning of "fat Tuesday", my husband will go to his brother's house to pick up fastnachts. A few will come home, but many will go to Nod's office. His boss just LOVES those fastnachts (Nod is joking that he can get away with anything on Fastnacht day).


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Ice continues to be a problem and is in the news quite a bit. Here are a series of photos from the local newspaper. Normally, residents are required "... within eight (8) hours after snow has ceased to fall ... remove the snow or ice from the sidewalk to its entire length and to a width of at least three feet ...". Most towns around here have extended the time until this morning (York, to our south, has re-extended it to Thursday).

The problem is that the ice is now like cement and it hasn't been warm enough to do much melting. Oh, sure, you can dump a load of roadsalt on it - that's horrible for the environment - or you can spend hours chopping it. I've seen people out with axes and pick axes and all sorts of other tools, trying to get rid of the ice. Often they spend hours getting a small area cleared. I did it for too long on Saturday and am still feeling the effects. This weekend a man died of heart failure after clearing his driving - unfortunately, this happens every winter.

When is spring coming?

9 Comments:

At 6:21 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

After PennDot's lousy performance, I think it would take a lot of nerve to fine individual residents.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Spring will arrive on time. As always. Everything in its time.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Spring will come when it wants to.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Spring will come when I eat a fastnacht.

 
At 12:06 AM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

What kind of communist bull manure is that? I do not own the sidewalk. The City / County does. THEY need to clear it.

Seriously, I would try the torch. Maybe it would not work. But that would be what I would try. And sand.

It may take me longer than 8 hours. I do not deal with the cold very well. However, give me a hurricane and Ill have the tree that blocks the road cleared with a quickness.

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

Those things look delicious, I'd like to bury a few in the backyard if it ever thaws out.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Get back here and post something that isn't calorie-laden.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Spring does not come until the students are tired of "snow days." Maybe March 20, when spring DOES come....

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Rabbit Rabbit!

 

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