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  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,593

    I was just watching the weather. We're expecting somewhere between 2 inches to 20 inches Wednesday thru Thursday depending on which forecast (european or domestic models).

    I was thinking about Atlanta and the pendulum swinging from last time too little to this time probably too much. I predict Atlanta will get 12-14 inches of salt on the interstates before any snow falls.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327

    @snakeweasel said: there are companies that will turn your car into a ragtop

    I was quite sure someone would have made a 4-door convertible.......but, that would take a lot of work. it is hard enough making them so they feel solid. Those 4 doors looked pretty nice though. A 4-door convetible would be a little impractical...the wind is bad enough for the passengers in the rear......unless you are going really slow it isn't much fun being back there in a vert.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,003

    @mako1a said: I was just watching the weather. We're expecting somewhere between 2 inches to 20 inches Wednesday thru Thursday depending on which forecast (european or domestic models).

    I was thinking about Atlanta and the pendulum swinging from last time too little to this time probably too much. I predict Atlanta will get 12-14 inches of salt on the interstates before any snow falls.

    Ha ha that's how they salt the roads in NY. I think cars shipped to NY are coming pre-rusted to get it out of the way. Looks like this next storm will just graze us.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540

    @oldfarmer50 said: Ha ha that's how they salt the roads in NY. I think cars shipped to NY are coming pre-rusted to get it out of the way. Looks like this next storm will just graze us.

    They are crying around here that because of all the snow this winter (not too much in my opinion) they are running low on salt. But that didn’t keep the Genny from turning back to White again from the pretty factory color of Cabernet Red Pearl. Mrs. j’s Subie is silver so it doesn’t look too bad with its salt coat.

    This next storm is supposed to miss the Pittsburgh area too but the temp in my Burgh this morning was + 6 F. When I got out of the car this morning in the company parking lot (about 25 miles away) it was - 5 F. I’ve never seen a swing like that before so I guess global warming explains this. I’m ready to go visit Mike or my SIL in southern Florida. I usually don’t mind the winters too much but the cold of this year’s winter has just about pushed me over the edge. If that miserable rodent is right, we have at least 4 more weeks of this stuff. What’s the best way to put a rodent out of my misery?

    I think I’d even put up with Mike’s limericks to get away from this winter.

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327

    @jmonroe said:I think I’d even put up with Mike’s limericks to get away from this winter.

    Then you must be serious!

    2 or 3 cold days isn't too bad, but constant cold for weeks or months is hard to take. We get a cold day in Tampa on Thursday, people will really be complaining...it will "only" be 60! Then headed back up to the 70s.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556

    My lab loves the cold. When I get immediate frost bite he frisks around like a puppy. He is going to be really bummed if I finally pull off my move down south

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028

    My Lab loves it also, but not when the snow collects between her toes. I had a crazy thought about getting her booties to wear, but after trying to put them on who needs more exercise?

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556

    @Karen@Edmunds said: My Lab loves it also, but not when the snow collects between her toes. I had a crazy thought about getting her booties to wear, but after trying to put them on who needs more exercise?

    We put Christmas booties on our guy once. Was not pretty walking around the house.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,480

    Just dress in layers, folks! Heading to Maine for a ski week next week. Good timing for the next snowmaggeddon!

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,442

    This morning when i got in the the Explorer, the temp read 5 F. Took the long way to the highway to give ol' Henry a chance to warm up and hit a low of -6 F. 20 minutes later at work, the temp read 16 F. That's pretty big temperature swing.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,556

    @Karen@Edmunds said: My Lab loves it also, but not when the snow collects between her toes. I had a crazy thought about getting her booties to wear, but after trying to put them on who needs more exercise?

    How do you guys like your lab's? Someone is asking if we want a lab puppy, I am not to sure about it but the wife is interested.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,003

    @explorerx4 said: This morning when i got in the the Explorer, the temp read 5 F. Took the long way to the highway to give ol' Henry a chance to warm up and hit a low of -6 F. 20 minutes later at work, the temp read 16 F. That's pretty big temperature swing.

    Speaking of weather woes, 2 of my colleagues at work have had trouble with their trucks this week. Both suspected of being head gaskets. One Ford, one Dodge. Wonder if this unusual cold has anything to do with it. Would extreme cold increase the odds of gasket failure?

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,442

    @oldfarmer50 said: Would extreme cold increase the odds of gasket failure?

    How good is the coolant in their trucks?

  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 5,540

    @oldfarmer50 said: Would extreme cold increase the odds of gasket failure?

    Extreme cold isn't good for mechanical gizmos. Just touching knobs in below zero temps can break them pretty easily.

    As for head gaskets, if the engine is put under more than casual load when very cold, I have seen them cause problems.

    I'd rather warm the car up sitting still than running it to get it warm.

    jmonroe

    '09 Genesis V8 and '12 Legacy Limited 6 cyl

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,595
    edited February 11

    @snakeweasel said: How do you guys like your lab's? Someone is asking if we want a lab puppy, I am not to sure about it but the wife is interested.

    As a friend with two labs likes to joke:

    Q: How many labs does it take to change a lightbulb?

    A: Light bulb??!! LIGHT BULB??!! We're gonna change a light bulb!! Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556

    @snakeweasel said: How do you guys like your lab's? Someone is asking if we want a lab puppy, I am not to sure about it but the wife is interested.

    Well, I love mine. He is an absolute sweetheart. Just be prepared for lots and lots and lots of hair. You really do need to keep up on furminating. And they are active, so you need to play (tennis ball or frisbee) a lot, and daily walks are important. Not really a dog to just sit around in a small space doing nothing. But good if you want to stay active yourself.

    Full disclosure, but I got mine "used" (at 4 YO). At 9, he still thinks he is a kid. Lab puppies are very active, but very trainable. You just have to be willing to put the time in from the beginning. If you do, you should end up with a great adult dog. As a puppy though, expect a lot of things knocked over in your house. My neighbor got one a year ago, and it was kind of nutty. Ripped an earring right out of someones lobe. Oops. Not sure if they are any more nippy than other dogs, but they do chew. At least they love people, and really do want to please you.

    Hope this helps.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556

    Robr, every time I come home (doesn't matter if I just went out for Milk or to get the mail) mine greets me like the long-lost prodigal son. If a Lab greeting you at the door does not cheer you up, you are hopeless.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,593

    Our Lab mix, Frankie was wagging his tail next to the Christmas tree. Ornaments, garland and lights started swinging until my wife shouted...Frankie, stop being so happy. It made his tail slow down and made me laugh like crazy.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,556

    oh yeah, the perpetual motion tail weapon. Will clear your coffee table off in no time. And knock you off your feet if he is excited enough.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Michaell@EdmundsMichaell@Edmunds ColoradoPosts: 1,056

    While I don't have labs myself - I've got three dachshunds - I've known folks who have had them. One thing I've heard is that labs are slow to mature; they take forever to get out of that 'puppy' stage.

    Which can be good or bad, depending on your circumstances.

    michaell@edmunds.com

    Moderator, Prices Paid and Leasing Experiences

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT / 2010 Mazda CX-7 GT / 2014 MINI Countryman S ALL4

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