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  1. On 15/04/2019 at 15:44, RadGuy said:

    Picture this.

     

    Spring time in Chicago. Flowers blooming, buds forming on trees, sunshine, warm weather.

     

    Last week was just like that. We reached 74°F (23°C) on Monday and nearly the same on Tuesday.

    Felt like summer, spent a lot of time outdoors, listening to good tunes.

     

    And then, yesterday morning, I wake up at noon with my hangover and... on God - several fucking inches of snow on the motherfucking ground.

    It continued throughout the day, including with gusty winds, and the official measurement at nearby O'Hare Airport was 5 inches.

     

    Pretty annoying. I was really enjoying the nice weather and it looked like the leaves were about to show up on trees.

     

    Last year it snowed several times throughout April, which resulted in no green until mid-May.

    This year was looking to get green early, but now this fucking snowstorm will probably delay it. Flowers all died too I'm assuming.

     

    But it's bi-polar ass Chicago weather, so winter isn't back for long. Snow already melted today, and tomorrow it's gonna be 67°F (18°C) and about the same for the rest of the week.

     

    Just over a week later - Easter weekend beautiful. Temperatures soaring to 80°F (27°C) the past couple days, sunny too. Last night we had our first thunderstorm of the season.

    Swear ta God, only in Chicago can you go from winter to summer in the span of a week. God damn this city is crazy.

     

    Gonna be a little bit cooler and rainier now, but nothing to complain about. Winter and snow seems gone for good.

     

    Also, re: foliage etc., trees greening up really fast. No leaves popped out yet, but the buds are so big, it'll take days at most. Flowers aplenty too, including daffodils and tulips in my garden.

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  2. I usually think drought complaints are overblown, but this definitely has been an underwhelming year so far.

     

    Ten days left in April... surely we can't go into MAY with zero Crowdsourced DL hits, only one Deathlist hit, and only one DDP Drop 40 hit... right?

     

    On a personal note, I still have zero hits on my Shadow List, and I haven't had a DDP hit since late January.

     

    OTOH, this year could turn out like 2007. Slow start but a death-stravaganza of a summer.

    Or it could be slow all year, but then allow for a big 2020.

    Regardless, deaths are coming... 


  3. Georgia Engel is dead? Georgia by far the youngest MTM star Engel?

     

    That's actually fucking crazy. Never in a million years would I have thought she'd be the next one to die!

     

    Betty White and Cloris Leachman are both ancient. 

    Ed Asner is a fat old Jew.

    Valerie Harper has been outliving her lung cancer prognosis by a gazillion years and counting.

    And Gavin MacLeod's old and out of the spotlight.

     

    And - fuck me - you're saying that spry, young, "only" 70-year-old Georgia Engel was the first one to die out of them all?

     

    I honestly believed that the 3-decade drought between Ted Knight and Mary dying would happen again with Georgia Engel outliving the rest of em all by a few decades. Goddamn.

     

    Oh, and excuse my long rant. I'm just shocked.

    Georgia Engel was a great, sweet actress and she will be missed.

     

    Edit: Actually a unique DDP hit for my Z-Team, Belmont-Cragin Reaper. I didn't expect her to die (obviously) but that team is mostly comprised of celebs who I don't want to be DDP misses in the unlikely event that they die. 

     

    Edit 2: And I see @YoungWillz just pointed out that "someone" picked her. :blush:


  4. Picture this.

     

    Spring time in Chicago. Flowers blooming, buds forming on trees, sunshine, warm weather.

     

    Last week was just like that. We reached 74°F (23°C) on Monday and nearly the same on Tuesday.

    Felt like summer, spent a lot of time outdoors, listening to good tunes.

     

    And then, yesterday morning, I wake up at noon with my hangover and... on God - several fucking inches of snow on the motherfucking ground.

    It continued throughout the day, including with gusty winds, and the official measurement at nearby O'Hare Airport was 5 inches.

     

    Pretty annoying. I was really enjoying the nice weather and it looked like the leaves were about to show up on trees.

     

    Last year it snowed several times throughout April, which resulted in no green until mid-May.

    This year was looking to get green early, but now this fucking snowstorm will probably delay it. Flowers all died too I'm assuming.

     

    But it's bi-polar ass Chicago weather, so winter isn't back for long. Snow already melted today, and tomorrow it's gonna be 67°F (18°C) and about the same for the rest of the week.


  5. Wow, can't believe I actually managed to get ahead of Banana. I hope it lasts. Regardless, should be a high-scoring round between us two.

     

    As for Mr. Tong, from what I read about him, he seemed like a reactionary sociopath and he will not be missed.

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  6. 10 minutes ago, Sir Creep said:

    Did you go to the painting of the river, @RadGuy?? 

    No, that was at 9:00 in the morning, bit too early for our group, especially since we live a ways away from downtown.

     

    I was gonna say we didn't even get to see the river *at all* during the day, but I just fuckin realized it's right by the damn train station. Had to have seen it, so either the dye had already worn off and thus wasn't memorable, or I was too inebriated to notice or remember the color change.

     

    'Twas a good day regardless!

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  7. 46 minutes ago, alt obits guy said:

    Birch Bayh, a former Indiana Senator and the father of two-term senator & Indiana governor Evan Bayh, has died.  He was 91. 

     

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/14/birch-bayh-death-obituary-indiana-senator-25-amendment-title-ix-bayh-dole-act/3160438002/

     

    A while ago I was tempted to make a father-in-law vs. daughter-in-law "who will die first?" poll between Birch Bayh and Susan Bayh.

     

    Guess we know who 'won' now...

     

     But I feel bad for Evan... just lost his father, and will probably lose his wife soon too to cancer.

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  8. Ah, fuck. Really thought she was a banker to make 2020. If I thought she had even a 20% chance of dying this year (especially so early!) I would have picked her in the DDP.

    This, plus Michael "I think he may have already died off the radar'' Murphy's death yesterday, and McGahan earlier in the month... really shaping up to be a shitty year for me in the DDP. But there's 10 months left so we'll see.

     

    And of course, on a personal note - sad story. No age at all.

    Weird seeing somebody who's pretty much my age becoming a DDP hit. Now I know how youze oldies feels.
    RIP Jordan Dawes


  9. What a shame.

    Dingell's frequent tweets (although presumably written by his staff) were very clever and I'll miss seeing them on my feed.

     

    Honored him with a spot on the US politics theme team last year, and this year I have him on my Z-Team. Despite his numerous health scares and bouncing back from them, this looks like the real deal.


  10. Welp, I excluded McGahan on the basis that he wouldn't obit. This was my major 'make or break'  punt for 2019.

    Now that he did obit, I don't think I have a shot in hell of winning this year (not that I expected to).

     

    Congrats to those who did pick him! Which is - err, all of youze. :D

     

    I now fall to =16th place, tied with Dead Cow and Sir Creep. Both of those teams will make big improvements compared to last year, imho.

    Creep, I think, will have his best year yet, even better than 2016.


  11. School was cancelled yesterday and today.

     

    Wind chills yesterday morning made it near -55°F (-48°C). This morning had slightly less torturous wind chills, but the actual temperature reached its lowest value in years: -24°F (-31°C).

     

    My sister stepped outside to do the ''throw boiling water and it automatically turns into snow'' thing. It worked quite well.

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  12. Alright, so, I've decided I want to change my username back to the original RadGuy.

     

    It's been 1 and 1/2 years since I changed it to Phantom of the Midway, but people still call me Rad.

    Also, I'm occasionally confused with the OG @Phantom

    So fuck it, we're going back to RadGuy.

     

    Apologies to pool runners in advance for needing to edit my name in their masterlists/scoreboards...

     

    (Also, as this might help with confused folks, could my tagline be changed to: "AKA Phantom of the Midway")

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  13. We been dealing with the same shit, other Phantom. High-five for Midwest struggles!

     

    We got a measly 6 inches from this storm, but of course my shitty town didn't clear the roads, so school was cancelled today.

    There's probably well over a foot on the ground now, thanks to the previous snowstorms, so it definitely looks like a winter wonderland out there.

     

    And Wednesday... aye, school will definitely be cancelled. They're now showing a wind chill of almost -60°F at 8:00AM Wednesday morning. NEGATIVE FUCKIN' SIXTY.

    Thursday will be a nice, mild, balmy -30°F wind chill. So school may not be cancelled on that day. Would be nice if it is, tho, cause then we'd have a 5-day weekend (Friday is off anyway for teacher conferences).

     

    And ya know what's funny?

    By Saturday and Sunday, high temperatures will be around 45°F. Almost spring-like.
    The weatherman on TV last night said ''Saturday will feel over 100 degrees warmer than Wednesday''.  wut.gif wut.gif wut.gif   Holy shit that's crazy. Well, that's Chicago weather for you....

     

    Anyway, off to shoveling I go...


  14. On 17/01/2019 at 17:43, Phantom of the Midway said:

    The weather in Chicago you ask?

     

    After that late November snowstorm, December was quite warm without any snow (two instances of flurries in the week after Christmas, but that doesn't really count).

     

    January also started off feeling like spring, but winter has returned with a vengeance...

     

    Last weekend we had about 2 inches fall on Saturday.

    Over the past week a couple flurries... and now it's getting rough.

    A major winter storm is passing across the country and could dump up to 8 inches of snow upon us tomorrow night into Saturday morning. Sunday will feature lingering lake-effect snow showers.

    Next week, some more snow showers with freezing rain are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday...

     

    Cautiously optimistic that if all that starts piling up, especially with the ice mixed in, we might get another school cancellation sometime next week. But it's doubtful, those shits don't come easy! Especially since we already had one this school year. They can only do so many and might want to save it in case there's a worse blizzard coming up later in the season. This ain't Atlanta where a single snowflake causes the whole city to panic.

    So about a week later, an update.

     

    Friday night into Saturday, we did end up with a ton of snow. Around 6 inches fell, possibly more but I'm not sure (well I wasn't gonna fuckin' go out with a ruler, was I?)

     

    Tuesday we had an ice storm. I was leaving school for lunch and had to take several minutes to scrape the ice off my car. On the plus side, it didn't ice afterwards, so I quickly left before the traffic at the end of the day, while most other folk were stuck scraping. B)

     

    Wednesday a bit more snow fell. And Thursday. And today. Fuck sake!

     

    Today was also frigid as hell, with wind chills around -20°F (-29°C) in the morning.

     

    No school cancellations throughout all of this, but I'm not surprised. By Chicago standards, it wasn't that bad.

     

    What's ahead?

     

    A snowstorm coming Monday morning. Funny thing is - one model shows 3 inches falling here, another model shows 13 inches. If it's the latter - definitely no school. Roads will be fucked. And also if it's that much, the snow on the ground - of which there already is a fuck-ton - will probably be 2 and a half fucking feet!

     

    Wednesday morning and Thursday morning wind chills could go as low as -50°F (-46°C)! Definite school cancellations.

     

    I'll be enjoying next week in the warmth of my house, it seems. :angely:

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