Archive for November, 2006

Even the snow plows are nice

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

As mentioned yesterday, the snow plows try to protect the end of your driveway from snow by reguiding the blade from burying the driveway. In Chicago, burying the driveway with a huge pile of snow was a sport for the plows.

Today, I saw something completely new to me. The street was being plowed by huge tractor. What was more amazing is that when it passed a driveway, a black shield drops down parallel to the road to prevent snow from being deposited on the driveway. In this picture you’ll see it with the guard down although it’s hard to distinguish from the regular blade. You can also see how small Gritz (my car) looks compared to this massive machine.

Snow plow with guard down

Protecting the end of my driveway with it’s shield down. Also, note that this tractor has chains on it! Hope that isn’t a foretelling of things to come.

Socked with Snow

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Today marks our first real snowfall. About 8-9 inches in about 14 hours. Reminds me of Chicago. It’s light snow but that still didn’t make shoveling the two car driveway very easy. My brother Ray in AZ wants me to say it’s “a dry snow” so he can tease the heck out of me. Not a chance.

There’s a mountain about a mile west of here. I can predict snowfall 20 minutes before it gets here based on when the mountain disappears in a cloud of white stuff.

Cost Of Living:

The cost of living just went down by another $50. Our healthcare provider charges less for folks who live here in Northern Idaho. I guess we live longer or cheaper or something. No complaints.
Observations of Small Town Living:

The snow plow edged off the curb while passing the driveway I’d just shoveled. The result is that there was no pile up of snow left at the end of the driveway in his wake. I don’t know what to say. Maybe I’m mistaken.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Sunday, November 26th, 2006
  • The Golden Dragon serves up some very good Chinese food. I went to pick up dinner. The price was $21.20. I counted out twenty-one and then began to search my pockets for the change. At this, the kind lady said that if I didn’t have the change it’s OK with her. I paused for a second because I didn’t understand what she meant. When I figured it out, I almost hugged her for being so gracious.

A view of our land from accross the valley

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

The town (what there is of it) of Cocolalla lies in a valley. The centerpiece of Cocolalla is it’s lake. Our property is west of the lake by about 2000 feet and up about 300 from the valley floor. Here’s a shot of our land across Lake Cocolalla looking west.

The new neighborhood

Panorama Shots of Our Land

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

We’ve purchased 5 acres (Approx. 325′ by 665′) of relatively wooded land on the side of a mountain. Our plan is to build a modest home here in 2007 where we can frolic among the woodland creatures.

Click on the below image to see a 360 degree panorama from our property. This shot was taken on November 20, 2006.

MEDIUM IMAGE: 360 degree panarama

LARGE IMAGE: Full Size 360 degree panarama

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Here are some additions to our Observations of Small Town Living

  • We finally cleaned out the coins that have been collecting in the ash trays in our cars, along a can and jar in the house. We put the combined mass of coins into a zip lock bag and headed down to the bank. The bank’s coin counting machine is on the fritz and isn’t counting things accurately. The solution? The teller hands you a handfull of coin wrapping sleeves and sends you home to do it your self. No worries about your ability to count accurately, they just trust you.
  • Headed down to the local Radio Shack for a phone jack. The phone jack they didn’t have but they do sell hand made leather goods such as slippers, purses and other goodies. It’s a family owned store and the man wanted a Radio Shack and the woman wanted a leather goods store. In small town Idaho, I guess you can do that. While typing this I got a call from the guy at Radio Shack. He found a handful of the jacks I was looking for in back and will leave them up at the front desk for me to pick up. They’re only $2 because they’re not in the package. Now that’s service.
  • Got the bill from our ELECTRIC/GAS company. Here, they’re one in the same. For 2 weeks of service we were charged $36.67 which would be a whopping $73.34 for a month. I checked last month’s bill for Com-Ed: $209.41 and Ni-Gas averaged $78 for the last 12 months for total of 287.41. Okay, the cost of living just went down a few hundred dollars per month.