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    damn dogs (owners that let them roam free).
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    I'll take a farm dog running from far away over those surprise dogs. Wouldn't even have time to defend yourself. Good job.

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    panaracer cross blasters have wciked traction even slightly subzero on city streets!
    stoppied to avoid ipod'd pede who wandered out between cars.
    she crossed 4 lanes of traffic to find herself in my way... but was nice enough to apologize when my carradice bag popped me in the back of the head.
    think she realized I'd obviously hammered HARD on the brakes to make sure she didn't get so much as a tire print.

    **** fixed gear riders, sometimes there is NOWHERE TO GO but into a person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchmedic View Post
    I'll take a farm dog running from far away over those surprise dogs. Wouldn't even have time to defend yourself. Good job.
    i get those farm dogs too. This was just as I left work in town. I have another 2 sets of dogs that tend to give me interval training in the mornings.

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    ^^ Clearly, that dog is trained to retrieve anyone that might not obey the stop sign.

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    Getting there, Brian. A few more weeks you`ll be passing the leaping lizards.
    Do fat bike tires roll over groomed ski tracks, or get rut-bound?

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    Melted my favorite gaiter with a hair dryer this morning trying to dry it out all speedy-like.
    Melted with a hair dryer? Wow, what material was it made from?

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    Coldest commute for me, ever. Funny thing though, my co-workers weren't incredulous about me riding in sub-zero temps, but that I carry my bike up a flight of stairs when I get here.
    I bet they thought you`d climbed to a record height in the stariwell, but already knew you were a cold weather master

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Clearly, that dog is trained to retrieve anyone that might not obey the stop sign.
    "Error occurred", so I have to take your word for it.
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    After patching nearly 50 holes in a decon shelter at work, just about the last thing I wanted to do was patch a tube, but I had to anyway. We received a decent amount of sleet and freezing rain yesterday evening. Due to my last experience with an icy MUP, I decided it would be better to take a bike with knobby tires. I didn't want to take my main mtb, but my older Cannondale was stripped of a rear wheel. So after getting installing the cassette, tire, and tube, I began to pump and noticed a leaking sound. I swapped to another tube and got the same thing. It turns out the first tube had a stem that was tearing away, and the second tube had a puncture that I neglected to fix last time. Not having another presta tube, I either had to fix the tube or ride my mtb (the singlespeed with slicks was not a viable option at that point), so I fixed the tube. Oh well. Still beats driving.
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    Anchorage trails have turned as hell froze over...20F, walkers and animals have post-holed the trails very badly making for a very chatter slow ride. The fat tires do help with this problem, but still bad. The sidewalks are ice rinks, but very fast with Dillingers!!!

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    I pulled the 'clava down over the chin about half way to town this morning, and got som Jordy-caliber beard-cicles going. I thought it was 10 or 11 degrees F (based on the forecast)...reality check when I got to work showed that it was actually 3.
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    I agree with JordyB - lots of holes and ruts to work around, though it is a bit of a fun challenge finding that one strip that is fairly smooth and fast rolling. As I'm rolling studless, the streets are a bit slow for me. Though I have to say that the fat tires with lower pressures do surprisingly well on the ice apart from the one section of overflow I have to ride on. Looks like snow is coming in, so maybe we'll get a bit over an inch before the ride home to help cover up some of the ice - hopefully it is wet, sticky stuff and not the dry, sandy stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominic49 View Post
    damn dogs (owners that let them roam free).
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    That dog was very lucky I was able to kick him off of me.
    Ah, crap! That was a surprise, going from sniffing around to attack mode just as you approached. No way in hell I`d have stopped at that sign either!

    Blockphi, what are the "overflows" that you sometimes mention? You mean where water runs out of something and freezes or somewhere for excess traffic to bypass a standard route?
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Blockphi, what are the "overflows" that you sometimes mention? You mean where water runs out of something and freezes or somewhere for excess traffic to bypass a standard route?
    Part of my commute is through a swampy area that, when it warms up starts flowing - so water running over the trail and then freezing back down. Just part of the fun of living in Alaska! What's even more fun is when one layer freezes, then another layer forms but does not freeze completely so you break through as you ride or walk over it! Dangerous on a river or stream, but pretty harmless when the water is no more than a couple of inches deep, though last night I broke through in a deep spot and went over the top of my boot. The rest of the ride was a bit chilly.

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    Rodar:

    This is kinda of what overflow looks like. It's when a body of water can't flow through its natural path and spills over onto trails and then starts to freeze or turn into a slushy nightmare.


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    You surprised it, that poor dog...I kid...sounded vicious. Started snowing on my way to work this morning, 3 inches or so on the ground for the ride home. Freshies on super solid trails is the bestest.

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    ^^ Nice, bring an extra layer or 2 tomorrow, Schott & Bedwards, and any other N'n New Englanders and Quebecers out there. Arctic Front is supposed to drop temps from 25F for the a.m. commute today to 10 or less for the ride home. About 3" at my house today too, but I drove the foster pup to get spayed today.

    CB, hope you get a little warm up, and maybe more ice for the studs.

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    No riding for me today

    I was lucky enough to spot one of these Tuesday night on craigslist and the lady was willing to hold it for me until I get drive (yuck) the 50 miles to pick it up.

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    A bit too chilly at -8F. Fortunately the forecast says this does not last long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Just come over to my house hunter...they run through my yard almost daily. Back when my wife was keeping chickens they would come around and snatch a chicken when we were not watching. Last year I startled one on the Sammamish River trail - it was standing on that section of trail in front of the apartments south of the ballfields and I chased it down the trail for about 50 yards until it cleared the apartments and was able to dart off to the side.
    Yeah, that's where I was. But 4 years of commuting through that area, this was the first time I'd seen one.d

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Nice, bring an extra layer or 2 tomorrow, Schott & Bedwards, and any other N'n New Englanders and Quebecers out there. Arctic Front is supposed to drop temps from 25F for the a.m. commute today to 10 or less for the ride home. About 3" at my house today too, but I drove the foster pup to get spayed today.

    CB, hope you get a little warm up, and maybe more ice for the studs.
    Thanks for the warning. I didn't see it until I got to work but I've got all my layers with me. Right around 0 for tomorrow morning too.

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    My commute at 6AM this morning temp was a chilly 24' according to the Garmin. 24'C that is.
    I wasn't bothering commuting during our rainy season, just getting the bus or a cab; you can generally set your watch by it around 2 to 3PM it clouds over and by 4PM it is absolutely lashing it down usually with lightning thrown in to boot; just in time for the ride home.
    Seeing you guys out there in arctic conditions made me feel a tad guilty so have rode every day in 2013 so far. It doesn't really get that cold even when it rains here.

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    I had to walk across the street to the store after I got to work. Frighteningly cold out there after the change into work clothes. I see why people think we're crazy! I don't know how I just rode to work in that!
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    ^^ I use skiing silk underlayers (allergic to wool) and took to saving the lightest for under street clothes. You don't get too hot unless on top of a heat source. Such strolls outside only affect the exposed head and hands. Tolerable short term.

    Others would say, "You're Canadian,eh?"

    "Yes but I am naturalized."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ I use skiing silk underlayers (allergic to wool) and took to saving the lightest for under street clothes. You don't get too hot unless on top of a heat source. Such strolls outside only affect the exposed head and hands. Tolerable short term.

    Others would say, "You're Canadian,eh?"

    "Yes but I am naturalized."

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    gotta link for the silk underwear....I used to have a full set including liner gloves but it hasn't been around for a while.

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    About 3" of nice fluff over the packed trails made for nice fatbiking this morning. The only thing that detracted a bit was running late. But I still stopped for photos. The temps haven't dropped much here yet, but a good squall went through with gusty winds and blowing snow.
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    Excellent commute this AM. Nice fluffy snow falling down. Fairly warm. The overflow section of my commute was nicely covered with snow and a few tracks to help it freeze down, so not too slick. I did lose grip on one spot, but was able to ride the whole section today. JordyB's pic shows a good example of what it looks like without the snow cover. Good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    This is kinda of what overflow looks like.
    Blech- what a slushy, sloppy mess! I can imagine how it is to ride over after it freezes up with all those tracks.

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJon View Post
    My commute at 6AM this morning temp was a chilly 24' according to the Garmin. 24'C that is.
    I wasn't bothering commuting during our rainy season, just getting the bus or a cab; you can generally set your watch by it around 2 to 3PM it clouds over and by 4PM it is absolutely lashing it down usually with lightning thrown in to boot; just in time for the ride home.
    Seeing you guys out there in arctic conditions made me feel a tad guilty so have rode every day in 2013 so far. It doesn't really get that cold even when it rains here.
    SJ, your profile says Scotland and Singapore. I take it you`re not looking out the windows at any castles about now . Is this your rainy season right now?

    We`ve been enjoying beautiful windless days with sunshine and highs in the 40s, then dropping like a rock when the sun goes down to single digits by dawn. Had quite a fog for my midnight return commute with zilions of ice crystals dancing in the air- makes a really neat cone from my headlight and sort of paints a textured white finish on all forward facing surfaces. I made myself a nose shield at work from cardboard and duct tape, tried it out in good nose shield weather (cold and damp). It really did keep my nose warmer but fogged me up terribly. Too much overhang at the end of my schnozz just funnels my breath straight up under the lenses. I`ll work on it, but kind of doubt I`ll be able to do much with glasses- better idea for goggles. How do I look?
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    ^^ I see from your photo why you're having trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Had quite a fog for my midnight return commute with zilions of ice crystals dancing in the air- makes a really neat cone from my headlight and sort of paints a textured white finish on all forward facing surfaces.
    That's it, right there. Dropping like a rock when the sun goes down. Not getting warm enough here for any really good fog though. Our highs are barely getting to the mid 30's. Just a few trickles of water coming out a foot or so from under the snow piles before they freeze up again. boring forecast for the next several days... single digit low, high of 34, single digit low, high of 35, single digit low, high of 33,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ...I made myself a nose shield at work from cardboard and duct tape, tried it out in good nose shield weather (cold and damp)....
    Making a nose shield out of cardbord and duct tape really says somebody but I'm not sure what that is. . You should add (Dark) to that list.

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    After being cloudy for the past week, the sun is finally out! It's going to be a nice ride home.

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    As I was changing into my riding clothes to go home I saw the groomer go by on the thru-town snomo trail. So good. I've been having to go by the grocery store 3-4 times a week lately, it's been a while since I've been able to take the Ute down for a big shopping trip. It really is a push to get up my hill, with snowy roads, fat tires, work stuff, and 10-15 pounds of groceries. May have to try to get the old VW started for a grocery run...then again, maybe I'll wait until after the -20 temperatures.

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    I live on a hill as well, and canít get motivated to haul more than a quart of milk or so. I applaud those who do. I use the car and combine grocery shopping with other errands like trash, bottle return, getting gas for the snowblower etc. If it was available here I might use some of my bikecommuter gas savings to pay for that Peapod online grocery delivery service. Itís about $10 for delivery in NYC, would have been great in my gramís 5th floor walkup. With the added benefit of not spending my free time at the grocery store.

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    The 10-20 mph winds were 16 gusting to 30 at an angle that was a bit of a headwind outbound (I assume my body was an airfoil, and more of one returning. Was 40 dropping to 39 F. Colder is coming.

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    I was pedaling up the snowmobile trail section tonight that doubles as a mile-long driveway, and pulled over to let a truck pass. And waved, while trying not to blind him. He stopped to chat and then gave me a $10 gift card to his restaurant "The Quarry" in Barre.

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    ^^ Like getting a couple of beers (guy here recently got given one) except you have to get there, but very nice!

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    [QUOTE=rodar y rodar;10081070]SJ, your profile says Scotland and Singapore. I take it you`re not looking out the windows at any castles about now . Is this your rainy season right now?

    .........How do I look?
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    Yep - should delete the Scotland bit - not lived there this milenium yet - only visited. BTW it's mostly concrete in the cities not castles.
    For the last three months it has pretty much rained every afternoon - although rain doesn't really come close to describing it - more like being caught in an oversized power washer is closer to the mark. Showing some signs of improvement over the last few days though

    BTW you look something that Hitchcock or Sam Raimi would have been proud to have imagined

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
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    That's it, right there. Dropping like a rock when the sun goes down. Not getting warm enough here for any really good fog though. Our highs are barely getting to the mid 30's. Just a few trickles of water coming out a foot or so from under the snow piles before they freeze up again. boring forecast for the next several days... single digit low, high of 34, single digit low, high of 35, single digit low, high of 33,...
    I feel your pain, my feet were cold when I got home. BTW temp is lower left on pix.

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    6C(43F) this morning, capping off a really nice and really sloppy week. Trails have been too soft, so I've had to stick to the roads on the way home. There's still plenty of snow around, but there's even grass showing through in a few spots.

    But that grass is stupid, because on Sunday it's supposed to be -27C(-17F). Thankfully I don't plan on riding anywhere, and the rest of next week is only supposed to be normal-cold and not really-cold. But Monday morning could be pretty rough, and all of the slop is going to flashfreeze into icy little moonscapes.

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    We have the icy moonscapes now. 5F when I passed the thermometer sign near work. I was dressed for it so no problems but I am slower than a spotted salamander in these temps. Although spotted salamanders might be frozen nearly solid right now. If not solid I think the cold would slow them down more then me so I may still be faster...but I digress.

    I wish the trails were passable, maybe after this weekend.

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    Whoo, free lunch That`s even better than a free beer.

    43F in the morning, Newf? Crazy!

    Hang in there Simple John, and don`t drown.

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    You should add (Dark) to that list.
    I added (Dork) to my list. That`s okay, the chicks really dig it. The dorky chicks, anyway.
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    ^^ I've thought about trying to fab some cardboard and duct tape pogies. I'd use black duct tape to make sure it fit my bike's decor.

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    I had an epiphany this morning. A well-digger's a$$ really can't be that cold at all, since the simple fact that he's digging a well implies that the ground isn't frozen solid like the arctic tundra that I'm commuting on. I would pay good money to be as warm as a well-digger's a$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I had an epiphany this morning. A well-digger's a$$ really can't be that cold at all, since the simple fact that he's digging a well implies that the ground isn't frozen solid like the arctic tundra that I'm commuting on. I would pay good money to be as warm as a well-digger's a$$.
    Well well diggers often have to dig through frozen ground around here....

    Actually we do most of the pipeline work in the winter, and hand expose the pipelines for tie-ins ...

    Takes a while and the diggers get stinking cold.

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    I can't say that I've heard that expression, but I'd have to agree with you, as the groundwater stays pretty much the same temperature year round. Similarly, I don't see any reason why a witch's teat should be particularly cold either.

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    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    I ride down to about -15 C with a single layer of tights...5 F.

    The trick is to have really well insulated feet (winter snow bike boots shimano MW81 or equal).....I also wear a pair of chamois shorts underneath the tights.

    I hate wearing two pairs of tights, I layer a size large on top of the mediums....the do restrict the laeg somewhat.

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    Cold for this morning's ride. 1 F. A bit of a shock to the system after the last two weeks being so warm. Also, I just had no energy at all. In fact one of my co-workers commented after I got here that I was looking a bit pale. Hope I'm just tired and not getting ill.

    The colder temps did a good job of consolidating down the snow we got yesterday so things were not too bad in terms of being slippy.

    It does sound like more snow is in the forecast for this weekend, so by Monday the trails should be amazing for riding, particularly if the groomers are able to get out.

    I did run up on a young bull moose on the ride in. Just taking his time walking down the center of the trail. Those darn moose really slow down the commute. They don't respond to cries of "Passing on your left." Well they do. About as well as the skiers do.

    Thank goodness it is Friday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    Somewhere in the mid 20's I throw on a windproof pair of rain pants over the tights. I either wear mtb shorts and leg warmers, or thick (Sugoi 'subzero') tights, and then put the windproof pants on over the top. Once you block the wind, you're good to go. I've ridden both combos in the negative 4 range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^ I've thought about trying to fab some cardboard and duct tape pogies. I'd use black duct tape to make sure it fit my bike's decor.
    CB can use camo duct tape.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Well well diggers often have to dig through frozen ground around here....Takes a while and the diggers get stinking cold.
    Had to dig out the 4 ' deep line to the barn or haul a ridiculous amount of water one winter. The exercise of pick axing down keeps you warm enough until you hit water. Water has a hellacious heat capacity. Sucks you dry. Fingers lose feeling fast. A$$ not far behind.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I can't say that I've heard that expression, but I'd have to agree with you, as the groundwater stays pretty much the same temperature year round. Similarly, I don't see any reason why a witch's teat should be particularly cold either.
    Well I'd guess the ones in Salem, Mass were pretty toasty at one time. Different meaning to "Light my Fire!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    I have different density layers so I use the stand in a sheltered area of the house test. Yep need another layer. Or that's about right. Neighbors know I'm nuts. So no problem if they see me. I ride a bike in winter. Enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Had to dig out the 4 ' deep line to the barn or haul a ridiculous amount of water one winter. The exercise of pick axing down keeps you warm enough until you hit water. Water has a hellacious heat capacity. Sucks you dry. Fingers lose feeling fast. A$$ not far behind.


    BrianMc

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    I had a job as a soils tester....worst job was measuring the fronst level....pretty high say 2 feet down in Decmeber....by March frozen down to about 8 feet

    In June we still have a layer of frost that goes from about 8 feet down to 10 feet down.

    We had a 4 inch diameter auger...when you hit ice you knew you would be there for quite a while.

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