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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 11:36 am
touch & snow

This is like a logic problem, except some of the clues aren't yet available.

Tim's Family:Plans Family Gift Exchange and General Pandemonium on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day festivities and dinner on the following day, in Salem.
Nicole:Lives (and works) in Portland.
Works a shift Christmas Eve, and has Christmas Day off.
Tim:Lives (and works) in Portland.
Plans to attend Christmas Eve events solo.
Plans to attend Christmas Day events along with Nicole.
Nicole's car:AWD. Automatic. Chained.
Tim's car:
FWD. Manual. No chains.
And no one in North Portland currently has any in stock.
Roads between Portland and Salem:At least some require chains.
And also:Nic isn't comfortable driving stick even with no snow.

Now, if the boat only fits two people, how do the three cannibals and three anthropologists all get across the river safely?

The original plan was that I'd drive my car down on Christmas Eve for the FGE&GP, maybe attend Midnight Mass with Mom, drive back up afterward, crash, celebrate Christmas morning with Nic, and both of us would head down to Salem sometime on Christmas Day for some more family gathering.

Then came the Portland snow. The revised plan was EITHER (a) that I'd do the same thing as above except that I'd get some chains for my car beforehand, OR (b) that I'd take Nic's car instead, after dropping her off at work and making sure I could get back in time to pick her up around midnight at the end of her shift.

Then came the Salem snow, the forecast for more snow in Portland and Salem tomorrow, and my failure to actually, you know, GET CHAINS. With reports that the 50-mile trip is taking a few anxious hours to traverse in current conditions, option (b) is probably scrapped unless I can guarantee that I won't leave Nic stranded at work on Christmas Eve. It depends at this point on what the weather does between now and then, and whether any nearby auto parts stores gets a restock delivery today.

Worst case scenario: Christmas Eve plans are kaput, and we go down together the next day. Which is hardly terrible, considering that thousands of folks are in far worse circumstances.

In any case, this will be the first White Christmas, in Oregon, that I can remember. :)

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solteronita
solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)

My family has rain-checked festivities until Saturday, since the grandparents that host are in the almost boonies under lots of snow.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

I have an extra set of chains you're welcome to, I just don't have a clue how to figure out if they'd fit your car.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)

Hoo! Really? Well, my front tires are 185/65 R15, and I understand that a semi-standard chain size that fits this tire size is "1026." Does that help at all?


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

These are them (not my ebay auction, just same make and model):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ALPINE-PREMIER-QUICK-FIT-TIRE-CHAIN-1545-14-15-16-Snow_W0QQitemZ160305671180QQcmdZViewItem

If you think they'll work I can either swing them by tonight or tomorrow morning.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)

Crap, looks like they don't fit :/

Fits Tire Sizes:

205R14

215R14

P215/75R14

P225/70R14

P235/60R14

P195/75R15

P205/70R15

215/65R15

P225/60R15

P235/50R16

P215/60R16


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)

Bummer! Thanks for offering, though. :)


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

you have a way of phrasing things that makes me feel like an ass for not learning how to drive stick at the ripe old age of 35. :P


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)

Gah, you're right. I totally didn't mean to imply anything like that. I'm sorry.


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)

mmhm. eees okay. ;)


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yoopie
yoopie
Hi
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)

Eh, don't feel bad. I cannot drive stick and I am older than you.

If there were an emergency, I could manage to drive stick...I would probably kill the clutch but I could manage.

Tim plans to remedy this and teach me again this spring/summer.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)

Yup. Not practicable in this situation, however.


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