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Duke Of URL
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From: Syracuse, NY, USA
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posted 12-30-2012 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I was staring out the window looking at our huge snowdrifts I had an astonishingly good idea about training astronauts for living and working on Mars: NASA should do the training in Syracuse. As a matter of fact, the major difference between my lawn and the surface of Mars is the frozen dog doots in my front yard.

Don't send our astronauts to Baffin Island to train for Mars, send them to Syracuse where crushing boredom is the norm and hideous, slobbering creatures who live in ancient ruins are everywhere.

Gonzo
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From: Lansing, MI, USA
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posted 12-31-2012 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL.

At least Syracuse is a CITY. Try lasting all winter in Middle-of-Nowhere, Michigan. Same cold, dark, grey winter. Same snow. Same Neanderthals. Same frozen dog doots in the front yard (OK, I don't have those any longer since my black lab passed away, but you get the idea). And even LESS to do than Syracuse!

moorouge
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posted 12-31-2012 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have snow and winter? How lucky you are! All we British have is weather. Perhaps that's why we're overlooked when it comes to training astronauts.

But never mind. Being a nation of stalwart folk, whether the weather be bad or whether the weather be good, we weather the weather whatever the weather, whether it's bad or good.

AJ
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From: Plattsburgh, NY, United States
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posted 12-31-2012 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL! I live in the far reaches of northern New York as well and as a child who wanted to be an astronaut the winter landscape certainly did help my daydreams.

Steve Procter
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posted 12-31-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure whether to show my daughter this thread or not. She's considering a semester as an exchange student from UK to USA (Jan-May) in Potsdam NY...

moorouge
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posted 12-31-2012 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In order to give our trans-Atlantic cousins a better understanding as to why we British have weather:
January brings the snow,
Makes your feet and fingers glow.

February's ice and sleet
Freeze the toes tight off your feet.

Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wert not so unkind!

April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.

Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day.

June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops.

In July the sun is hot.
Is it shining? No, it's not.

August, cold and dank and wet,
Brings more rain than any yet.

Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood.

Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail.

Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog.

Freezing wet December, then...

Bloody January again!

Courtesy of Michael Flanders.

mikepf
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From: San Jose, California, USA
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posted 01-01-2013 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great idea. I used to live near Utica, NY. Bundled up for all day ice fishing on Onieda Lake did make me feel like I was in a space suit. And that great poem fairly well sums up Utica weather, at least before I moved to San Jose, Ca 30 years ago.

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