So I guess it is supposed to snow

The weather experts are forecasting a major snowstorm for this weekend. It is supposed to start snowing at three in the afternoon or perhaps at seven in the evening. I live in Hagerstown, Maryland. We may get anywhere from 10-15 inches or 15-20 inches. That’s what the weather experts say.

The problem is, the weather experts are all a bunch of lying liars. They lie more than politicians or televangelists. Unlike politicians or televangelists, who sometimes get thrown in prison for their lies, weather experts are never held accountable for their lies and half-truths.

I don’t really care either way. I lived in upstate New York for four years. I’m no stranger to snow. I’ve personally witnessed massive amounts of snow and arctic temperatures. If it snows, it snows. I will deal with it either way. The only problem I can see is that because of the timing, the city may not be out plowing like they’re supposed to. Because it’s supposed to start Friday night and maybe continue into Saturday, the city may not be as concerned with getting all that white death off the roads.

And then there is the neighborhood we live in. Although we live in the middle of the city, technically, we live in a private community. I like to refer to it as a non-gated gated community. The city doesn’t pick up our trash. The city doesn’t pick up our recyclables. The city also does not remove the snow from our roads. Our HOA hires a private company to handle our trash pickup and another private company to remove the snow. I have noticed in the five years living here, we do not seem to be a high-priority to whatever company has the contract to remove our snow.

So we may not be going anywhere this weekend and that’s okay. As fate would have it, I don’t really feel like going anywhere this weekend.

Super Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines

A massive super typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday, leaving hundreds, possibly thousands dead. The brunt of the storm, named Super Typhoon Haiyan, seems to have concentrated on the island of Leyte. The Philippines is a country comprised of thousands of islands. This is a photo of Super Typhoon Haiyan taken from space:

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Photos taken on the ground of the carnage left in the storm’s wake aren’t nearly so beautiful. In fact, they’re pretty terrible. As a general rule, things normally look better from space.

I spent three years in the Philippines, from 1985 to 1988, while serving in the Air Force. I was stationed at Clark Air Base. I remember Super Typhoon Dot in 1985. I don’t remember it killing a lot of people, but I do remember it leaving a lot of people without homes. Mostly this was because some people living near the air base lived in little more than plywood shacks. In the Philippines, people would build shacks wherever they wanted, with whatever materials they had, whether they had any legal claim to the land or not. The house I was living in was made from solid concrete. although that construction method made it nearly impossible to hang anything on the walls, it made for a very secure dwelling, especially during a super typhoon.

The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations online.