Whine like a baby, now with 500% more drama!

I hate snow. I hate whoever designed this house to have a 100 foot driveway and have the detached garage way in the backyard with around 60 feet of the driveway left with nowhere to put the accursed water. Second time shoveling today and it filled in my shovel tracks as fast as I could make them, which over the last hour was getting slower and slower as the wet, heavy bullshit took its toll on my back.
Come to Texas, you’ll rarely have to deal with frozen accursed water.
 
I hate snow. I hate whoever designed this house to have a 100 foot driveway and have the detached garage way in the backyard with around 60 feet of the driveway left with nowhere to put the accursed water. Second time shoveling today and it filled in my shovel tracks as fast as I could make them, which over the last hour was getting slower and slower as the wet, heavy bullshit took its toll on my back.

At least I don't live in Vancouver, not because it's not a wonderful city, it is, but it's kind of beginning to fall into the ocean. Must be some random occurrence. Good thing the UN Climate Council decided on a half-assed we'll let the future handle it as if it isn't happening right now.

A barge got loose today and crashed into the sea wall.

We're back on the island as of last year but it's not fairing much better. Lots of flooding and the Malahat, the one highway connecting the North and South island, was closed and completely flooded in several places. Looking at the pictures of it and knowing where it occurred I'm not at all surprised they are shutting it until they can get a survey done, all that water going over the edge and back washing the fill under the road has got to have weakened it.



In addition to what's going on on the island itself, lower mainland is basically cut off from the rest of Canada at the moment due to closures, and that was as of Monday morning, it hasn't improved as the day has gone on. Some places saw they're average November rainfall between Sunday and Monday alone. And given Novemeber is typically one of our wettest months, we're very definitely getting more.

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It is hard to explain how bad the flooding is around here. I barely made it home before they closed the highway due to flooding. The water level is almost 2m higher in some spots. The whole sumas prairie is now evacuated. Whole towns in the interior are evacuated due to flooding.

I am lucky to be in a high spot, so no worries for me, but many are not that lucky.
 
I don't WANT to travel for Thanksgiving. I've been on two round-trip flights over the past month. I'd really rather prefer a low-key Friendsgiving like I had when I was a grad student. But the people I'd usually have Friendsgiving with can't this year. They're married and are starting to pop out kids so their Thanksgivings have become chaotic family affairs where they must shuttle the kids between two sets of grandparents.

My university's Thanksgiving break is only Thursday and Friday that week. Nearly all the students will be gone but faculty might be expected to stay on until Wednesday. Some universities let the professors cancel class that week but others inspect classrooms and write up professors who aren't holding class when it's supposed to be in session. My department won't know for sure until our meeting on Thursday. I'm up for tenure in a couple of years so I have to be careful about this sort of thing. That means I will likely be flying on the busiest travel day of the year. And the airlines are returning to normal. That means overbooked flights and the same coach we all know and loathe.

Last year, my fiancee and I were just dating. I had Thanksgiving here with some friends while she went to her family and that hurt her feelings. This year we're engaged, the wedding is coming up soon, and she has brain surgery in a couple of weeks. She'll still be recovering over Christmas so this is her last major holiday before the operation. She's nervous about the upcoming procedure and wants to be surrounded by loved ones right now. It would meant the world to her if I attended. I want to be there for her and I want to enjoy Thanksgiving with her and her folks. So I will be there. It's just that I'm so tired of traveling at the moment.

Yes, I know this is just me whining. This is the appropriate forum.
 
Glad I wasted all that time and my back on the driveway. It's kneedeep everywhere now. I literally cannot leave my driveway without another couple of hours shoveling. My back is not up for it.
 
Man, it's cool to get as much snow as we usually get before New Years overnight.

Positive, neighbor who I thought hated me (we've never had a positive interaction because he's a fucking lunatic who'll scream at you if someone visiting your house parks in front of his.) leant me his snowblower. Negative, the snow is too much for the snowblower.

Man, I'm in a seriously shitty mood.
 

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It is hard to explain how bad the flooding is around here. I barely made it home before they closed the highway due to flooding. The water level is almost 2m higher in some spots. The whole sumas prairie is now evacuated. Whole towns in the interior are evacuated due to flooding.

I am lucky to be in a high spot, so no worries for me, but many are not that lucky.
I'm very much, at least currently, ok. Our power went out for about 2 hours yesterday but luckily otherwise we're in a pretty high area of the island as well. Stay safe.

Update on the Malahat. They're closing it for at least the next 5 days from 6pm to 6am to work on it, and during the times it is opened, it's only doing one-way traffic in half an hour increments. Been hearing stories of people waiting 3+ hours to get over.
 
Wife gave me a cold, can't sleep. No one told me about this possibility, can I get an annulment?
Well, I've heard of people leaving their marriage over getting diseases from their spouse, so I think yes.

Most such cases seem to concern Aids, gonorrhea, etc, but same principle, right?
 
He's making a joke distinction, refering to venereal disease (like Aids) and mortal disease (like...The man cold, I guess ;-) ) on one hand and venial sin ("minor" infractions) and mortal sin (the Big Seven) on othe other hand.

Of course, apparently the joke failed :)
 
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According to the law in Taiwan, apartment buildings must have a management committee. Usually this is done by having apartment residents serve on the committee, but sometimes richer people pay management companies to do it instead. The management committee is sort of like a HOA, except with no real power, instead it's so that when the government needs to communicate with residents there's definitely going to be a contact person for the government to talk to, and so that when there are necessary expenses for the building (repairs, alterations, etc) there's a group of people overseeing the transparency of the expenditures.

My apartment building has a system where residents take turns to serve a one-year term on the committee. And it turns out this year it's my turn. I've been elected the deputy chairperson of the committee. And given that the chairperson this year is a literal blind person (he lost his sight in a traffic accident a little while back) I'm going to need to shoulder some of his responsibilities.

I already work long hours and have other family responsibilities, I don't want to have to handle this stuff too.
 
My mother has been in the hospital for almost a week now. She’s 77 years old. She went in with what was thought to be gallbladder issues, after tests and 3 days in the hospital it isn’t. Wednesday, a cat scan showed she had a blockage in her colon. Basically she had several inches of colon removed and part of her abdomen cleaned to try to get her as well as they could. Still waiting on tests to return from her removed colon that had gone necrotic to try to figure out the cause of that problem. Since the surgery her blood pressure has been all over the place and her kidneys have lost so much functionality that they put in a catheter to do dialysis either tonight or tomorrow morning. I’m not blaming anything on the hospital staff for taking so long to figure out the problem, all the early signs pointed to gallbladder and not to blocked and necrotic colon. This is something that she had to have felt something was off, but pushed it to the side because “it couldn’t be that bad.” This type of thing just doesn’t happen overnight.
Thanks for letting me just vent a little.
 
On my way home last night, police had set up a roadblock and were stopping everyone. They asked the standard where were you, where are you headed and how much did you drink.

I don’t drink and said so and he said he wanted me to get out of the car for a roadside test!?

While examining my license etc. I mentioned that it had been like a decade due to medical issues and he told me I didn’t need to leave my car after all.

Thank goodness. I didn’t like the sound of that.
 
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