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Still freakishly cold here. I’ve seen several places, like nearby
apartments, that have ice running all the way from the structure to
the gutter. That mess of frozen crap tells a sad story. We’re leaving
faucets dripping all the time until it warms up, even though I don’t
think we’re in much danger. Our pipes run through the same crawlspace
that contains the furnace, so there is always a layer of ambient warm
air at the top of it. I went in there yesterday to get something and
while it wasn’t toasty, it was significantly warmer than the outside
air, maybe 50 degrees or so.

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On SFF.net, John Bartley asked a
crucial question in response to my post about giving blood: “Do you
want to kick it up a notch?” I’m not sure if I do. For the moment, I’m
giving the maximum blood I can – 6 1/2 pints per year. He offered up a
link to Oregon Red Cross
and to CERT pages for several emergency
organizations . At this
moment in time, I think what I’m doing is the max I can stand. I am
CPR certified (which I might need to renew) and I give a little over 3
quarts of blood a year. I’m not quite prepared to be one of the
emergency preparedness people.