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Old 12-03-2013, 10:29 PM   #101
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To put the journalistic skills and local knowledge of the reporter in perspective, the article includes this:
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Lethbridge, to the south of Calgary, received 30 centimetres of snow and nearby Pincher Creek was dealing with an excess of 40 centimetres.
Lethbridge is in the prairies, Pincher Creek is in the mountains, and they are 100 km apart... not so "nearby" (as nearby as, say, Montana), and each about 170 km from Calgary.

It has been snowy here, a few hundred kilometres away in Edmonton. Took me an extra 20 minutes to drive in to work today. Four Russian-made Hakkapeliitta winter tires, no panic.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #102
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From Vancouver, Pincher Creek is "nearby" Lethbridge.
Everything is relative.
For instance, I find it relatively interesting that there were 200 accidents in Calgary, where "we know how to drive in the snow".

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:53 PM   #103
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From Vancouver, Pincher Creek is "nearby" Lethbridge.
Everything is relative.
Right... like Toronto and Montreal are kinda close somewhere out east. I get that.

For those not from any of these places: Toronto and Montreal are 500 km (300 miles) apart.

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For instance, I find it relatively interesting that there were 200 accidents in Calgary, where "we know how to drive in the snow".
Calgarians know how to drive in the snow? Haha! The first winter storm each year causes dozens of collisions in Calgary and Edmonton, just like Vancouver. The big difference is that here winter continues so most of the time it isn't "first storm" idiocy; in Vancouver it happens a few times a year.

Also, compared to where I grew up in Ontario, it doesn't snow much here (Edmonton or Calgary)... just takes 6 months to melt!


In my driving around North America, I've concluded that overall skill varies little, but people follow local practices and get good at specific tasks which they repeatedly need; for instance, Vancouver area people merge very nicely when lanes end due to construction or approaching a bottleneck bridge.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:05 PM   #104
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...For instance, I find it relatively interesting that there were 200 accidents in Calgary, where "we know how to drive in the snow".

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As I understand it, those were all people who moved to Calgary recently from Vancouver.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:15 PM   #105
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As I understand it, those were all people who moved to Calgary recently from Vancouver.

or....from Ontario.......it may take 6 months for snow to melt in Edmonton .......not really in Calgary .....sometimes it melts in a day
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:49 AM   #106
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As I understand it, those were all people who moved to Calgary recently from Vancouver.
Or are new drivers in our country. Many white knuckled immigrants on the road these days.

Other than the other drivers in my way, I love driving in this weather. You get a nice feeling of security all warm and cozy in your vehicle, and doing for wheel drifters around corners is a blast too.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #107
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Hi Brian,
You obviously haven't been in the Houston, TX during a freak snow and ice event. Yes it happens about once each decade and you do not want to be out driving during that time. They drive just as fast as ever and ride their locked up brakes into trees, poles, over bridges, and into other skidding vehicles. Body shops and new car dealers love it.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:40 PM   #108
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Dave is stuck in Sioux Falls, SD with a air line leak. Hopefully he can get it fixed tomorrow am and make one delivery to Illinois tomorrow night or early Tuesday. Then it's another 12 hours to York,Pa, so maybe Wednesday or Thursday for BlackJack's arrival. At least the bad weather should be gone by then.
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Dave will deserve a VERY big (and special) cup of hot chocolate by the time he arrives!
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Dave will deserve a VERY big (and special) cup of hot chocolate by the time he arrives!
More like some Irish coffee….
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