Snowsplosion!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It snows in Seattle every now and then. Usually not much, but when the entire region is on a 90 degree incline, a little goes a long way… toward sliding your vehicle into a freezing body of water. Some of you might remember the mixture of caution, fear, and hilarity that lead to my own snow-stranding last year. That totally had no influence on the fact that I now live amid the apartments typically referred to here as Paizo East, a whopping three blocks from the office. So, when the Great Flurry of ’12 hit, I sledded down the hill to collect the blizzard of “Out of the Office” e-mails. Lets see what we’ve got:


Not even the Paizo golem is immune to the snowmageddon!
Illustration by Liz Courts, Snowed In Specialist

Jerome Virnich, Editorial Intern
Wes. Unfortunately I'm under the weather, both literally and figuratively. Still planning on being there on Friday. Hope you're well!

Mike Brock, Campaign Coordinator & Survivalist
Hi all. After sliding backwards down the 150 yard hill in my apartment complex, I gave up trying to drive to work. I hear Seattle has a great bus system so went to their website. My results from here to work:

Trip Planner
Error Planning Trip
(#20007--Trip not possible)
Modify Trip

So, looks like I'm working from home today.

Judy Bauer, Disaster Opportunist
Mutinying for Snow Days! In a shocking twist, I'll be editing from home again today. Currently rolling on the AP adventure.

Jason Bulmahn, Senior Snowman Wrassler
Yetis stole my car. I am pretty sure they are doing donuts in the intersection. Sean, Judy, and I are going to be staying home today. I've got work banked up still and will be taking breaks to yell at those damn yetis. Stay warm everyone.

Erik Mona, Snowscarred
Folks. After last year's 520-ocalypse, I'm playing it safe with the snow this year. I've got a pile of work to do here at home today, so I'll be editing and working on emails all day today (and possibly tomorrow, given the way people on the radio are freaking out). If you need me, please call.

Lisa Stevens, Lives on a Mountain
You Redmond folks don't know what snow is! And this with the snowpocalypse major snow not even fallen yet! You may not see us until spring! :)

[Picture of Hoth omitted]

From the incomplete nature of this list I can only assume that many others are wandering about disoriented or huddled cozily in their tauntauns. Some though—like James Sutter who owns a parachute and had a toboggan delivered to the office last week—we might never see again.

Stay frosty everyone.

F. Wesley Schneider
Managing Editor

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nathan blackmer wrote:
Sharoth wrote:

WHIMPS!!! All of you at Paizo are complete and total Whimps! ~basks in the 68 degree temperature of sunny Savannah, GA~ Letting a little bit of snow cause such problems. ~sneers in contempt~ I expect better out of you all.

~grins and runs~

PSHAW! PSHAW I SAW! 1/4 inch of snow in georgia and the whole STATE IS CRIPPLED!

BAD SHAROTH!

:-)

I experienced the winter ice storm we had in Atlanta last year. You know, the one with one inch of ice on one day that closed the city down for a week. And I drove in that all 5 days as I was on patrol with the rest of the police department.

You will notice, that photo Sean posted a link to with the bus. That bus had chains on the tires and still slid down.

I put chains on my truck and almost made it up the hill. I was 50 yards short of the top before my truck saw ice yetis and decided to full defensive withdraw. Luckily no attacks of opportunity.

By the way, it is starting to snow again and winter warning just extended until 4 am tomorrow morning :)


Sara Marie wrote:


Granting of PDFs is intimately tied to the shipping of the books. We've gotten some out already and we will be getting the remainder out as soon as possible.

I was afraid that this was the case, but it was worth a try. Thanks for the clarification. I'll have to hope that things have returned to normal tomorrow ;)

Judy - that video is crazy XD

Lantern Lodge

yeah.. I'm in the "Sandhills" area of South Carolina. only it's not that hilly but very sandy. only 100+ in the summer time probably why I look like a genie. I don't that crappy type of weather.. used to live in Boston/southern Nh/southern maine areas. don't miss that either. I would never move back and I don't think I'll ever move to Seattle. I'll take my chances with the Tornadoes and occasional visits of the Tropical Storm & hurricane.


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Judy Bauer wrote:
...This was the storm that trapped Wes in the office last Thanksgiving...

Was that when we were privileged to witness firsthand Wes' slow descent into madness as isolation and the triops chipped away at his sanity?

That was fun!


Treppa wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:
...This was the storm that trapped Wes in the office last Thanksgiving...

Was that when we were privileged to witness firsthand Wes' slow descent into madness as isolation and the triops chipped away at his sanity?

That was fun!

I think it was also the one where Sutter came close to being trapped with him and there was brief discussion of the ship names that would have been inspired by their sharing the office couch.

But there was also a storm where several people were snowed in at the office. Maybe that was the year prior.


Well if your stuck in your apartments/houses and run out of food, be careful to avoid the curse of the Wendigo. Those spouses/children/family members are starting to look pretty savoury and flavourful..........


Kazarath wrote:
Well if your stuck in your apartments/houses and run out of food, be careful to avoid the curse of the Wendigo. Those spouses/children/family members are starting to look pretty savoury and flavourful..........

Spouses, children, and assorted family members? An embarrassment of riches! The curse of the Wendigo must be indecision. :)

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

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Anybody got a Zamboni I can borrow? Its looking to be about the only way I could make my way to work...

Jason


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
Dear Paizo, I TOTALLY WANT free, loose, hungry rot grubs to be included in my next subscription mailing.
You WANT rot grubs in your subscription package, you say? Okay! Who are we to argue?

Bring it on, big boy! You send me rot grubs and I will send you kittens. Besides, I have read How to eat fried Rot Grubs before. In my case it is a win / win situation.

~grins~

Sovereign Court

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C'mon you have one of the REI flagship stores in Seattle, lol! For those of you in "Paizo East" there's always snow shoes, cross country skis, or dog sleds.

Thankfully there's only a dusting of powdered sugar here in Detroit Vrock City. It's been a roller coaster of tempretures just this WEEK! Sunday and Monday 20s with light snow, tuesday 50s and rain, wednesday and today 20s and light snow. The weather is downright bi-polar (pun intended).

--Vrock Salt

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

After the winter we had last year in New Hampshire, I'm glad for the relatively snowless winter this year, though last Thursday was a messy commute into work.

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

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There's fighting in the streets!

Sovereign Court

Judy Bauer wrote:
Renraku wrote:
Though it could be worse, I have a friend up in Issaquah without power. You all have emergency generators for writing/editing right? :)

Printouts and flashlights are a lot like generators, right? <_<

Our power's been flickering this morning, so I'm keeping my laptop charging as long as possible. If it goes out, I'll have to strap snowshoes on the cats before herding them onto the treadmill that serves as our backup power source.

Ugh. Hope the power is back on steady for you. Reminds me of winter here in Dallas two years ago. My lights (during a large snowstorm for us) seemed to dim. Then, all power was lost. I thought, "Hey, should be a few hours and all will be restored." It was 5 (five!!) days without power in my hood until all was restored.

Stay warm all. Keep the cats warmed up in the on-deck circle.

Silver Crusade

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Jason Bulmahn wrote:

Anybody got a Zamboni I can borrow? Its looking to be about the only way I could make my way to work...

Jason

Obligatory video commentary.

Liberty's Edge

Judy Bauer wrote:
For reference, here's what the unplowed, unsalted, and unsanded Seattle hills are like when it's snowy/icy: link—check out the bus at 2:42. This was the storm that trapped Wes in the office last Thanksgiving. That hill continues down for another mile down to Puget Sound, and some of the streets along it have a 20+ % grade. AFTER regrading.

That reminds me of the huge pileup here in Colorado just over a year ago.

Silver Crusade

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Jesus F Christ, Americans! You don't know how to handle snow! Over here, we don't have Zambonis. If it snows, we FIGHT it. We draw out our bottles of spirytus (99% alcohol, sold commercially, vodka ain't got a thing on it), we set them on fire and we FIGHT THE SNOW. We burn it, we shove it, we hit yetis on the head with road signs, we FIGHT. I dare you, I double dare you, I triple doggammit dare you, FIGHT (and get my subs sent out while at it!).

Contributor

Some of our friends in Issaquah are without power (and thus without heat) and are staying at our place.

Thank goodness for gas heat. *glad her desk at home is right next to the fireplace*


Take care there and stay well.

And to think, last week I was visiting some friends in southern California (I normally live in Pennsylvania) and I had to listen to them complain about the horrible frigid 70-degree temperatures. Gosh, don't you just pity those poor people? :P


Ravenbow wrote:

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Edit- Looking at Sean's pics reminded me of something I have missed since leaving Crater Lake... Snow Chains!! ytf MN doesn't allow them is beyond me

Actually, 4 months of chain use will deteriorate the roads real bad. Winter tires are a more effective way to drive safely in winter.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

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I always remember in high school that snow days were the best days to play D&D.


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Paizo staff, here's a big Canadian "stay safe" well-wish to all of you.

You're spot on about the physicality of your area making all the difference. Where I'm at, we're used to basically what you've got now, through most of January through March. Thing is... here's it's the flattest area you can find. No hills, no valleys, no third dimension for a couple hundred kilometers. Despite that, and despite "knowing how to drive", when it's slick, getting up and down my driveway can be entertaining. And that's with snow tires. And maybe a 5 degree incline.

I wouldn't trade with you folks.

So stay warm, stay healthy, and wait it out. My big-butt January shipment isn't urgent. I've waited this long for the minis... what's another few days? Especially when compared to the inconvenience the weather's throwing your way.

Contributor

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Treppa wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:
...This was the storm that trapped Wes in the office last Thanksgiving...

Was that when we were privileged to witness firsthand Wes' slow descent into madness as isolation and the triops chipped away at his sanity?

That was fun!

Why are people "Favoriting" this post!?!

My slow descent into madness needs no extra encouragement!

Contributor

Samnell wrote:
I think it was also the one where Sutter came close to being trapped with him and there was brief discussion of the ship names that would have been inspired by their sharing the office couch.

Still dirty.

Silver Crusade

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Dear Wes,

Please don't get trapped in the Paizo building again.

We don't want anyone to have to resort to cannibalism to get through the night. :(

Dear Paizo,

Please don't let Wes get trapped in the Paizo building again.

LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND.


I feel like there's a story I'm missing about Wes. Details?

Silver Crusade

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Cheapy wrote:
I feel like there's a story I'm missing about Wes. Details?

A tale of abandonment and isolation in the midst of a white, powdery hellscape of winterland wonder.

Dark Archive

Starfinder Superscriber
Mikaze wrote:

Dear Wes,

Please don't get trapped in the Paizo building again.

You know if Wes is trapped in the office, he can pack and ship out all the pending orders (rot grubs or not). Nothing like some hard work to keep warm and all. I am good with this.

Silver Crusade

You guys stay safe now. Over here in the Quad City are we canceled school for the first time in 19 years, so I know what you are going through. And just for the record getting snow on a regular basis does not mean the snow gets cleared any better. we have three inches of ice on the road because the snowplow drives gave the roads a trim when they needed a buzzcut.

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Rot grubs? I thought those were just packing peanuts.

Good thing I put them in the recycling bin before they came out of winter torpor.


Meanwhile, here on the Tropic of Cancer, it got chilly enough last night for me to wear long pants and socks.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Samnell wrote:
I think it was also the one where Sutter came close to being trapped with him and there was brief discussion of the ship names that would have been inspired by their sharing the office couch.
Still dirty.

There's nothing dirty about lovingly snuggling with a coworker for warmth when you're snowbound together. Not even if you whisper tender speculation about what your ship name should be to one another.

I mean really, if you're snowbound with someone you're that much further away from autocannibalism. Three hundred sixty-four days out of the year that's nothing to sneeze at, though understandably it's lamentable on Eat Your Own Clone Day.

Dark Archive

Here in Portland the city throws a collective fit and shuts down after a few flakes of snow ><


I lived around seattle for 7 years. I have never seen a state that can get crippled so easily. Something about the rain, freezing temps and black ice mixed with continual road grades.

Good luck, Paizo Staff

Also, pets are the other white meat.

Silver Crusade

Red-Assassin wrote:


Also, pets are the other white meat.

Soooouuuunds like it's time for a new alignment thread!

edit-nm, I just remembered we actually had that one once. :O


Aarontendo wrote:
Here in Portland the city throws a collective fit and shuts down after a few flakes of snow ><

It's been good so far! But I fear that we will pay for this dry, mild winter with drought in the summer from lack of snowmelt.


I was watching the news the other night (whatever one features Diane Sawyer) and they opened with a story about Seattle's big snowfall. They had live footage of one of your mile-long hills and said most of them had been closed to traffic.

Meanwhile, the camera was showing folks sledding, skiing, and snowboarding down the street. That's how much snow and how steep the hills are folks. I don't even like driving on the damn things in the summer when I go over to visit.


Stay safe y'all. Maybe you can collectively brainstorm a new AP for a winter apocalypse, set in the Land of the Linnorm Kings?

Dark Archive

If it makes you feel any better....up here in Saskatchewan, Canada the last three days have been around -46 C (50.8 F) with the wind chill. So not to jinx anything but it could be worse. Stay warm


So, did Mr. Wesley "I'm mad I tell you! MAD!!!" Schneider survive the winter storm?


Back in ma day, we had to get to school if the headmaster could make it to his office. And he lived on the grounds. And I carpooled with a kid who lived on a private road. At the end. All two hilly miles of it.

You ain't really lived until you've gone up a half-mile hill sideways.

Now I live in Africa. And man, is that pool calling.


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PSHAW! PSHAW I SAW! 1/4 inch of snow in georgia and the whole STATE IS CRIPPLED!

:-)

Don't worry, it won't happen here again. After last year, Atlanta and GA spent $3.5 million on snow removal equipment. Thus guaranteeing that it will never snow in GA again.


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The whole state of Washington (yes... believe it or not, there really IS more in Washington State than just Seattle) got hit. I live in the central portion and it looks just like Cosmo's pic... minus the trees, of course. What I would really like to know is if snow can make it over the mountains, why can't rain make it over here as well?


/Obligatory Canadian comment: bah, that's nothing.

Then again, we're obligated to have winter tires after December 15 by our road code.

Dark Archive

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Looks like there is a series of rainy days ahead. Be safe in the slush and ice.


Reptilian wrote:

/Obligatory Canadian comment: bah, that's nothing.

Then again, we're obligated to have winter tires after December 15 by our road code.

Even then it doesn't prevent bad driver from causing accident :D

Just last week I've seen an accident happened just in front of my eyes. At the intersection down the only hill we have in town, a car figured he could just turn left before the car coming in the opposite direction get by. I don't know why people believe that winter tires will get them the same grip on an icy road than on a dry roadway... In the end the car coming from the opposite direction couldn't stop hit the car turning left, which rammed into a car waiting to cross the intersection...

Also a few years ago, I lived in a town where there was a few steep hills, one next to the college where I studied that I had to drive uphill to get to the parking lot. Street light on top of the hill (you see where I'm getting to :D). So every morning was the same in winter, on a red light, cars will lined up down all the way down the hill, and as the lights turn green, there's always someone fearing that he will slide down when he'll release the brakes, just push the gas pedal to the florr, causing his wheel to spin, creating more ice under the wheels and this until his car bumps the car behind. Way too often I had to litteraly push a car up the hill with my car :( It's like nobody ever learned to use the handbrake to help you out in a hill


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Jason Bulmahn wrote:

Anybody got a Zamboni I can borrow? Its looking to be about the only way I could make my way to work...

Jason

So you want to make it even slicker for those behind you...? Also zambonis are horrible on anything not flat. Or smooth.

Sovereign Court

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Mikaze wrote:

Dear Wes,

Please don't get trapped in the Paizo building again.

We don't want anyone to have to resort to cannibalism to get through the night. :(

Dear Paizo,

Please don't let Wes get trapped in the Paizo building again.

LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND.

If Wes does get trapped, will he raid Jason's beer stash?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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Surprisingly, Jason's not the one with an infamous cache of booze at the office. Who those employees are, I'll leave to speculation.


sykoholic wrote:
The whole state of Washington (yes... believe it or not, there really IS more in Washington State than just Seattle) got hit. I live in the central portion and it looks just like Cosmo's pic... minus the trees, of course. What I would really like to know is if snow can make it over the mountains, why can't rain make it over here as well?

Yep, over here in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) we had over 70 accidents reported just on Tuesday when the snow started. All day yesterday was freezing rain. Bleh.


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So what's the news from Paizoland today? The Yetis on the East Coast are waiting in anticipation.

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