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  1. Well, if you live on a cul-de-sac with a slight hill, like mine, the antidote probably involves a shovel. ;=)

    I had to use a shovel and the help of a few friends to get out of the cul-de-sac on Christmas morning to enjoy Christmas with family on Banner Road. I had to use a shovel when I returned home later that day to get back into my driveway because I didn’t quite have enough momentum for the “sling-shot” maneuver which did the trick the day before. Then I had to use a shovel this morning to get back up out of the driveway because someone parked in the “sling-shot” zone and I couldn’t gun it in reverse. I did manage to escape the cul-de-sac, picked up the kids at their dad’s house, and we spent a very long day at the Southcenter Mall (our favorite mall these days because it has an Apple Store, H&M, Champs, Borders, and great food, in a single location to meet all family needs).

    My humble thanks to our neighbor who apparently drove up and down the street several times with his SUV today to chop out a path for my return this evening. He also helped me with the shoveling last night.

    I sold my SUV last year when gas prices were going up. I’m borderline regretting it.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  2. It has been entertaining tracking & printing out all the UPS pkgs. that have not arrived.

    One package arrived Bremerton 12/18/2008 @6:00 AM ARRIVAL SCAN

    Twice it was OUT FOR DELIVERY on the 18th, the third time was at 9:55 PM EMERGENCY CONDITIONS BEYOND UPS’ CONTROL.

    The last notation was 12/22/2008 2:16 AM OUT FOR DELIVERY
    Status ‘In Transit’

    Several more packages sit in Bremerton UPS. About five – all reflecting the same non delivery.

    One FedEx package awaits delivery from wherever FedEx hangs their hat in KC.

    Of the recommended book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition, my three book order has been delivered to one person (Mason County) but not to me in KC nor the third book delivery in King County – downtown Seattle.

    Are the UPS drivers more determined in Mason Co than KC or King?

    To be fair though…our road is not cleared, nor is the county responsible to clear it. UPS is right not to drive down here.

    We kept our SUV and it gets around just fine, but we chain up to get out of here then chains come off.

    Two different cars have been abandoned on the hill above our driveway where they slid and perched thisclose to the ravine.

    Monday we’ll call the local UPS – or drive there to pick up the packages and ask why they didn’t call us and give us the option to pick them up.

    I love this snowfall and am grateful that it has stayed around awhile this year.

    A good book read close to the warmth of a fireplace, drinking hot chocolate and listening to music is a perfect way to end a day of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and making Angels in the snow with your dogs.

  3. UPS must be in the middle of the truck v bicycle changeover!
    Good news…found on bentrideronline a few minutes ago.

    ” By Adam Ghassemi KATU News

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – Forget those big brown trucks this holiday season.

    The economy is changing the way some of our holiday packages will be delivered – and brown is going green.

    UPS is putting cyclists on the road across Oregon and southwest Washington to deliver holiday packages.

    Eighteen cyclists are training to make the first ever UPS deliveries by bike in Oregon. Each mountain bike will pull a cart that can safely haul 200 pounds in packages.

    Even if they only make a fraction of the stops a truck can, officials estimate for every three cyclists on the road they’ll save $38,000 in repair and fuel costs.

    The company also hopes to earn more business by being more environmentally friendly.”

  4. Hey Chris! Let’s meet for coffee this week. I need a break from my wonderful family too!
    Marietta

  5. I think I went into hibernation Chris–and I am having a very tough time getting out of it today! I caught up with all my magazines, read two Books and used half my supply of wood for the winter!

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