The Week in Walks, etc. Vol 29

Ok, anytime winter wants to switch off and go into spring, I’ll be quite content. πŸ˜‰

Sunday, 3rd February

Walking 3/2/08

A bit of Americana here – one of the few road signs that are permitted to be in the opposite lane of travel – the NO PASSING ZONE sign. It’s also one of two triangular signs along the road – but the only warning sign. You probably also guessed that this is not on the road I walk on, but rather the road that crosses over it. πŸ™‚

Total distance – 1370 steps, 1.09km

Monday, 4th February

No photo today, but I did log some walking from when I was trying to not fall after the rain that had fallen all day started to freeze when I was walking into and out of a couple of buildings…

Total distance – 1861 steps, 1.48km

Tuesday, 5th February

Walking 5/2/08

A bit of a perspective shot here. This was how much ice had accumulated in a section of the driveway – about 1/2 inch or so. It wasn’t too bad to walk on with some salt, but a little further down the driveway, there was absolutely no traction at all. I wound up spending the time cleaning up some of the ice, but not all of it. There also was some walking in a store involved here.

Total distance – 3026 steps, 2.42km

Wednesday, 6th February

No walking at all, but a few pictures (we had somewhere around 18 inches of snow (45cm or so), and it fell literally all day).

(Not) Walking 6/2/08 A

The snow accumulated, literally on the side mirror on one of the cars, to a height of about 1 foot.

(Not) Walking 6/2/08 B

My favourite tree here, with the snow accumulated around it. I got this shot in quick before the dog went out and jumped (a la PepΓ© le Pew)

(Not) Walking 6/2/08 C

Another perspective shot, this time from about 2 inches off of the ground, looking towards one of the cars, and you can see all the snow piled up from drifting and just plain old falling here.

Thursday, 7th February

Walking 7/2/08

This is what the driveway looked like at around 2 pm the day after the snow fell. Our normal plowing service was very slow in getting to the driveway. While I was out walking and fighting through the snow (and the foot of accumulation between the road and the mailbox), they came, so I had to follow them up to the car while they did their work.

Total distance – 2243 steps, 1.79km

Friday, 8th February

Walking 8/2/08

A railfan special! πŸ˜‰

This is an old-meets-new shot here, with the lead unit, SD-70MAC BNSF 9821, in the BN’s final paint scheme (known as “Executive” and quite snazzy if you ask me), followed by one of the railway’s newer acquisitions, BNSF 9366 – an SD-70ACe, in the Heritage 2 livery, complete with new logo. If you look closely, you can see somewhere around 20 of the 24 wheels carrying the locomotives. πŸ˜‰

Total distance – 1809 steps, 1.44km

Saturday, 9th February

Walking 9/2/08

You’d be excused for thinking that it was foggy, but in fact, it was snowing, with about 30 mile per hour winds. I love the snow effect on the lights of the locomotive. Needless to say, it wasn’t the longest walk in the world (and the weather hasn’t improved yet, but the snow has stopped).

Total distance – 747 steps, 0.59km

In other news, I had the weekly therapy appointment on Monday, and I learned a bit of something about the treatment I’m getting. My therapist said that for some it would ruin how it works, but to me it makes sense. What happens is that when you choose a color to replace something with, that color has significance for you. Apparently there are some therapists who discourage some colors from being used, but as she said, it’s about the patient, and not about the therapist.

On the job front, I picked up an application for a service station to fill out. It’s not the job that you’d think that I would like, but I’m interested in it – it’s a new servo in the area, and they have night and weekend positions open. When I head over for my therapy appointment tomorrow, I’ll drop off the application. Also, I’m going to contact an employment agency in the area (one of the bigger ones, and most respected) to see what they can do for me. I had sent an email to one of their offices, but they left a voicemail for me saying that I’d be better off going with one of the more local offices to me.

I’ll say it again – with another 3-6 inches of snow forecast for tomorrow, when will it end? I know it’s nothing like 1947 or 1979, but for me, this has to be the most snow I’ve seen for a long time (plus the temperatures going below zero every two weeks or so is getting really annoying!) πŸ˜‰

Someone remind me to come back here when I’m whinging about the hot weather in summer to point out why it’s better to be warm than cold, ok? πŸ˜‰