OT - skiing this morning

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Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 10:23am

We got about 10" of snow out on the other coast, and I put on my x-c skis at 7 am and went to hang out in Central Park. Y'all may not appreciate this, but here is why some people can't live without four distinct seasons:




Submitted by cvmom on February 9, 2013 - 10:56am.

Gorgeous! Am a bit envious, but still would take San Diego overall. We go to "visit winter" in the Sierras whenever we miss it.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 11:16am.

Absolutely gorgeous, spdrun!

Just don't fall through any ponds ;)

I'm planning on "retiring" in a place with lots of snow :)

Submitted by AN on February 9, 2013 - 11:39am.

spdrun wrote:
We got about 10" of snow out on the other coast, and I put on my x-c skis at 7 am and went to hang out in Central Park. Y'all may not appreciate this, but here is why some people can't live without four distinct seasons
I guess you won't be able to live in you're retirement condo in SD. We don't get to deal with snow dumping on us.

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 12:10pm.

No plans to retire, far too young for that. Just building up enough rental property to be able to have a comfortable income while going to grad school in two years. I'm interested in being a student or going back into research, but not a broke-ass one with loans out the cornhole. In short, I have no interest in living the financially miserable life of the average American.

@bearishgurl - if you don't move to New Mexico or wherever you were looking, you could do a lot worse than a small college town in northern New England. Pretty scenery, generally walkable/bikeable in summer, and civilized but not boring people.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 1:17pm.

spdrun wrote:
No plans to retire, far too young for that. Just building up enough rental property to be able to have a comfortable income while going to grad school in two years. I'm interested in being a student or going back into research, but not a broke-ass one with loans out the cornhole. In short, I have no interest in living the financially miserable life of the average American.

@bearishgurl - if you don't move to New Mexico or wherever you were looking, you could do a lot worse than a small college town in northern New England. Pretty scenery, generally walkable/bikeable in summer, and civilized but not boring people.

Thanks, but I've only been to MD (Baltimore area) and DC a few times and both FL coasts. I'm not too crazy about the east coast as a place to live (except I luv the "crab cakes" and "hailing a `car'") :=D

I'm going find me a nice ski-oriented community in the Sierras or Rockies to try out, the less permanent residents, the better :=]

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 1:29pm.

Coastal Maryland (too swampy) and DC area (too much traffic) definitely aren't the finest parts of the Northeast, at least in my book. Much prefer parts of Mass, Vermont, and New Hampshire given a choice.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 1:37pm.

spdrun wrote:
Coastal Maryland (too swampy) and DC area (too much traffic) definitely aren't the finest parts of the Northeast, at least in my book. Much prefer parts of Mass, Vermont, and New Hampshire given a choice.

Yes, I saw all the "swamps" from the air in the daytime :)

The MD countryside is nice, but the two-lane "hwys" taking you from town to town are winding with blind spots and a bit dangerous, I think, due to all the local traffic.

For this reason, I wouldn't want to be a daily commuter between MD and DC.

In the few times I went to DC, we parked in an underground garage and got on a double-decker tour bus.

I love touring fall leaves in the rockies but will put a NE fall tour on my "bucket list."

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 1:50pm.

DC can't really be appreciated unless you walk around. Fly into National next time, take the train in (about 10 min) and walk around the Mall and Southeast, then go to Georgetown and up along CT and WI Avenues.

Maryland has national route 50 going into DC from the eastern shore, which is freeway a lot of the way. I don't see the 2-lane feeder roads as being much different than the non-freeway portions of 74/76/78 east of Fallbrook and San Juan Capistrano -- it's just a matter of what you're used to I guess.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 2:18pm.

spdrun wrote:
DC can't really be appreciated unless you walk around. Fly into National next time, take the train in (about 10 min) and walk around the Mall and Southeast, then go to Georgetown and up along CT and WI Avenues....

I have walked up and down the Capitol Mall and toured the Smithsonian and saw all the attractions a couple of times, including walking across the bridge to Arlington Cemetery.

I've also been there on "spring break" to the "Cherry Blossom Festival" where we were lucky enough to find street parking. It is was very beautiful!

I wanted to get off the tour bus at the south end of Georgetown, but we didn't have time to catch another one that day.

A walking tour of Georgetown (and possibly Chevy Chase) is also on my "bucket list" :)

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 2:25pm.

spdrun wrote:
...I don't see the 2-lane feeder roads as being much different than the non-freeway portions of 74/76/78 east of Fallbrook and San Juan Capistrano -- it's just a matter of what you're used to I guess.

These roads were from small towns as far away as Frederick County. They are considered "bdrm communities" to DC and the traffic volume on them is astounding! I've been on the (CA) SR-76 thru the avocado groves a few times and there is no way there are as many commuters/drivers on this road as there is in rural/semi-rural MD.

SR-78 is a 4-6 lane route and is a major fwy here. It is NOT a winding country road.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 2:27pm.

spdrun, is your first xc skiing pic of a jogging trail in Central Park??

Submitted by AN on February 9, 2013 - 3:18pm.

The other side of a blizzard... http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/us/northea... yeah, I'll let you have your four seasons :). Not jealous one bit while I deal with the harsh 60s and sunny.

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 3:28pm.

That's mostly the other side of shite infrastructure design. Things like this happen 1-2x per decade at least, and power grids should be designed to handle them. (Sandy was an outlier, since it hit during high tide, during a full moon -- but not unprecedented either: look up the 1938 New England super-hurricane)

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 9, 2013 - 3:44pm.

AN wrote:
The other side of a blizzard... http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/us/northea... yeah, I'll let you have your four seasons :). Not jealous one bit while I deal with the harsh 60s and sunny.

IIRC, didn't you once post here that you were really impressed with Chicago, AN?

Or did that mean just to visit but not live there :=0

Submitted by AN on February 9, 2013 - 3:54pm.

bearishgurl wrote:
AN wrote:
The other side of a blizzard... http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/us/northea... yeah, I'll let you have your four seasons :). Not jealous one bit while I deal with the harsh 60s and sunny.

IIRC, didn't you once post here that you were really impressed with Chicago, AN?

Or did that mean just to visit but not live there :=0


Chicago downtown. But I'm more impressed with SD :)

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 4:05pm.

The few times I've been in Chicago, the place has left me cold and feeling bleak. It probably didn't help that it was windy, raining, and dreary basically all of the time I was there -- so maybe spending a week there when it's sunny in summer would change my view.

Submitted by AN on February 9, 2013 - 4:15pm.

I'm not impressed with Chicago weather. Just their wide clean streets with high rises.

Submitted by sdduuuude on February 9, 2013 - 7:24pm.

I can fly the whole family to Reno for $840 on Southwest and ski Tahoe. Don't want the snow anywhere near my house.

Submitted by AN on February 9, 2013 - 7:40pm.

sdduuuude wrote:
I can fly the whole family to Reno for $840 on Southwest and ski Tahoe. Don't want the snow anywhere near my house.

agree, I rather snowboard in Tahoe, Vail, whistler, etc than central park or anywhere near my house.

Submitted by sdduuuude on February 9, 2013 - 7:48pm.

If winter is so great, why do all the east coasters fly to Florida every winter ?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ?

Submitted by spdrun on February 9, 2013 - 7:53pm.

Florida is on the East Coast last I checked. Nothing wrong with getting away for a few days, but I'm in NYC by choice. Not because anyone forced me to live here :)

Submitted by CA renter on February 10, 2013 - 3:15am.

Those are gorgeous pics, spdrun! Lucky you!!! :)

Submitted by paramount on February 10, 2013 - 9:26pm.

I've been reading a book called:

Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell.

It is an excellent book, and has me thinking I should relocate to NY or Boston, maybe even VT.

Picking up on what spdrun said, outside of NE and maybe San Francisco and a few other areas, I've always felt a lack of civility in this country - the dominant redneck culture that is so pervasive.

Submitted by bearishgurl on February 10, 2013 - 10:22pm.

paramount wrote:
. . . Picking up on what spdrun said, outside of NE and maybe San Francisco and a few other areas, I've always felt a lack of civility in this country - the dominant redneck culture that is so pervasive.

paramount, did you ever stop to think that you may have come upon this feeling of "lack of civility in your countrymen" honestly? After all, you moved yourself (from SD?) to TV, near, if not actually within the "SoCal `epicenter' of `redneck culture'" :=]

Submitted by KSMountain on February 11, 2013 - 11:02pm.

Gorgeous.

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