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October 29, 2008 - John Stack

First, thanks to the driver of a Dean’s tree service who today swiped out the snowbank created by the town plows in the front of my driveway. My 11 year old boys were quite appreciative.


Second, as smart as they seem to be, Click and Clack sometimes misfire. I remember a caller from Minnesota calling about letting his car ‘warm up’ in the morning. I believe the brothers told him he really only needed a couple minutes at most to warm up the car. I’m sure they were talking about the engine, and that they didn’t mean this applied to Saranac Lake. Today, with the combinations of a wet snow, followed by colder temps, created quite the horrible coverage of ice on our vehicles. I guess could have scraped off all the snow and ice, but I lean towards letting the car run a bit to melt some of the snow, rather than me breaking ice scrapers. Plus, when it hits 30 below, there is no way my car is warming up in a couple minutes, it probably takes 10 minutes just for the power steering fluid to turn from near solid to near thick molasses.


Finally, on the weather, please clear off your whole vehicle! Dropping off my kids at daycare, a woman backed out, her minivan still completely covered in snow, except for the area opened up by the windshield wipers! Bad enough EVER, but in the parking lot of 2 day care centers.


I’m mostly taking the day off from politics. Mostly, because today has given a great metaphor for what next Tuesday will be like, with a blizzard of Obama electoral votes burying McCain up to his ears…


This is my favorite time of the election season though. Not because of the ads (thank you Time Warner Cable and DVRs!!). Its because now is when all the stops get pulled out. Any rumor, story, 3rd hand hearsay comes out now. Use it or lose it as they say! I can’t wait to hear the rumor about McCain secretly wanting Nancy Pelosi as his vice president, or that Barack Obama was really born in Bayou La Batre Alabama, and his real name is Billy Bob Davis, the illegitimate son of conservative party apparatchik Scotty ‘Red or Dead’ Davis and Jenny ‘liberal for life’ Dershowitz. 


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