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December 15, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Taking a trip on the Arctic Express

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My wife and I have both seen a lot of cold weather. As a teenager she lived two years in Argentia, Newfoundland when her father was stationed there in the Navy. I endured a six-month deployment to Keflavik, Iceland, and from these and other experiences, we learned a deep respect for icy weather conditions.

Last weekend, I did see a couple of cars come creeping along the road in front of my house. Must have been a heart attack – no one should be foolish enough to get out in that kind of weather for any other reason. Thankfully, before this cold snap, my wife and I had heeded earlier predictions and laid in a good supply of provisions. Since we’re tied onto a gas well for heat, I didn’t have to chop a lot of firewood. However, we did get a good scare on the first morning of the blizzard – our heat was off. Thankfully, it was a bit of frozen condensate in the supply regulator on the line coming into the house. A tea kettle of boiling water solved that little dilemma.

For years I’ve heard the saying that no one ever retires and moves up north because of the weather, but a few more cold spells like this last one, we may see a new trend evolve.

Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to nowhearthis@pwhome.com.

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