Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Well winter is finally upon us this year in the Mile High City. We had several inches of snow last Saturday and more snow last night and today.  The commute this morning and evening was crazy.  It took about three times as long to get anywhere.  Tomorrow morning may not be better.
And there is more snow coming.  There is another storm coming on Friday and we are expected to get another one to three inches then.

Tonight was quite fun when I got home with the kids.  My son came out with me and we shoveled the steps and the sidewalk together.  He was having a lot of fun shoveling the snow with daddy.  He did a good job, but a couple times he would turn to shovel the snow and would flip around and land back on the sidewalk.

But that didn’t matter.   It was good to do something fun with him

First Big Snow Hits Denver

Well the first big snowfall of the season is hitting Denver.  It is nice to see. (Let’s see if I am saying that in a month or two.)
We need the moisture and the mountains are getting hammered.  If you want to ski the Colorado Rockies, now is the time.  They are measuring the snow in feet, so now is a good time to go.

Let’s hope this is a good sign to come for the winter.  We need the water out west and the winter snowfall is how we get most of it.

YEAH!

Keep the snow machine humming and dumping snow in Colorado.

Air Conditioning – Money Sinks

I just want to say what a rip-off air conditioners can be.
We installed an air conditioner last year for about $3,000 to $4,000 and it worked ok for the first summer. But when we fired it up this summer, it was not working.

Well I couldn’t get the company that installed our air conditioner, Heat Exchange, to come out for two weeks. We found Applewood Plumbing, Heading & Electric to come out within a couple days. Continue reading “Air Conditioning – Money Sinks”

Temperature Record Broken in Denver

Well Denver hit a record high of 100 degrees today.  This is the fourth day this month that the a record high has been broken.
It is even hotter when your air condition is not working properly.

We switched it over to air conditioning earlier in June, but it has stopped sending cool air through the system.  The air coming out of the registers was measured at 70 degrees.  That is not cutting it.

We have been able to manage with cooling off the home through the evening, but it has just been to hot.

Hopefully it can be fixed on Tuesday when the repair man is coming.  Just in time for it to cool down.

Schools Brainwashing Kids?

In Vermont and probably around the country, schools are studying climate change and global warning. But are they studying the science or are they studying popular culture?
According to a an article in the Burlington Free Press, “Global Warming in Schools“, students are testifying before the legislature about global warming, watching An Inconvenient Truth” and “Too Hot to Handle“, and putting on plays.

The problem is that they are only pushing one side of the issue. By pushing one side of the issue they are misleading students and they are brainwashing them to one side of the story. Students need to be presented with both sides of the story or issue and stimulate discussion, more research, and let them form their own opinion.

Also, students should receive good science and information. Not propaganda for one-side of the issue. By showing two controversial movies that exaggerate the issues and make false statements and not the other side that gives information to provide balance, goes further than schools should go.

Now, to fully disclose my standpoint on this issue to be fair. I feel that the climate is changing and humans may be influencing it. But the sky is not falling. We need to do what we can to reduce our use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. But we need to study it and use good science.

Schools need to be teaching our students and provoking thought. Not present one side of the issue and ignore the other. The best teachers that I had in school made me think about an issue and fully investigate that issue, form my own opinion, and then write and/or discuss it. This is not happening in Vermont and who knows where else.

Schools, get off your ivory tower and teach our children appropriately.

What is with the Weather…

I spend most of the winter in Denver where the weather has been increadibly cold and snowy.  In fact, for the months of December, January, and February it has snowed 1 in every 4 days.  In the east, it has been mild and warm.
But as soon as I come to Washington, DC, the weather turns cold and snows and the weather in Denver is in the 60’s.  Why can’t it just stay put?

I can’t wait to return to the warmth of the Denver area.

Removing Dog Poop a Priority

In an article in the ColoradoBix Magazine, “Poop removal priority after snow“, they captured the need to get all that dog poop off the backyard.
I am with all of them on this.  We have a golden retreiver and we are having the same problem.  The snow keeps covering it all up and you can’t pick it up.

I was able to get about half the yard picked up a week ago, but the rest of the yard was still covered in snow and I was unable to get there.  I am just hoping we have a little break so that I can get the rest of it picked up.

It is going to be a crazy spring, but let me get the dog poop picked up.

It’s Cold Today in Denver

It is nice and cold here in Denver this morning.  The temperature is 0 degrees with a wind chill of -7.  It is not as bad as Billings, Mont. with a wind chill of -40 this morning.
Stay warm everyone.