1 x Coveted Mug (Post #166) 1/28/2010

Coveted indeed.

It is official I have finally been rewarded for sending in a Sighting. Rovers North gives away their very coveted mug for a submission of a Land Rover sighting in popular culture. A month or two ago, I sighted a white Land Rover Defender 90 behind Jay Leno during a commercial promo. It was a quick shot of the Defender driving by, when he was doing one of his man on the street segments. If you blinked, you missed it. Me and two other gentlemen caught it. I even sent in a screen cap.

You can find the page in the Rovers magazine that hit your mailbox in January 2010. What is that you say? You don’t get Rovers Magazine? Why not? It’s free. You should contact them and get on the mailing list. Its got great articles and helpful tips. Hell, Bill Burke, master of off-roading, even contributes a column. And as you know from reading my blog, I could use a few tips from Bill about getting unstuck. And I’m sure if you like to off-road you could use a few tips from Bill as well.

The mug could not have come on a more perfect day. It was 65 degrees outside when it arrived. Very unseasonable weather for Oklahoma in January. But what seems like unseasonable is only normal for Oklahoma as the next day the weathermen were predicting an ice storm. I have already enjoyed a cup of tea and am on my second cup of hot chocolate. Yes, I’m buzzing pretty hard.

Jed Castles (a local weatherman) on his Facebook page said we would quickly forget the Christmas Eve 2009 Snowpocalypse. The Snowpocalypse was a true “once in a hundred years storm”. It set the record for snowfall in a 24 hour period for Oklahoma. This storm was also a blizzard that shut down the state for 4 days. Thirty five mile per hour winds with gusts to 50 mph caused snow drifts that closed highways all over the state. As is the custom in news, we must name the latest storm, because that’s what the newscasters do. So my friends are sure this has to be ICEPOCALYPSE 2: Electric Boogaloo.

When we get ice storms in Oklahoma we normally lose power due to the ice on the electric transmission lines. SO, Electric Boogaloo seems totally appropriate. So far this morning it has only rained and the temperature has finally dropped below freezing. Sunday night’s forecast called for 3-4 inches of ice and 6-7 inches of snow after that for central Oklahoma. Schools and businesses were announcing they would be closed while we were enjoying the 65 degree day. Last night the news scaled the storm back and said 1/4 to 1 inch of ice and 2-3 inches of snow. We all know why they do that, it’s so you the gullible viewer will tune in to the ten o’clock news every night where you normally get to hear that Mrs. Johnson’s third grade class made balloon animals in art today at some elementary school you never heard of and to hear the latest news on the end of civilization as we know it the coming ice storm.

So this morning after we were cut loose from work I got back to Norman and I gassed up the Range Rover, picked up a gallon of milk, some cinnamon rolls, crackers, and bacon from Braums. When you shop you must totally grab random things as you progress to the check out line. That way the clerk will think you are crazy eclectic. I took the movies (that were late) back to the video store. And now I am sitting here in my office rocking out to Devo’s Oh No It’s Devo, looking North at the wet landscape and wondering if we will all die tonight when the rain begins to freeze. Do not fear my fair reader, the good news is it will be 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday and all the ice will be gone. And civilization will not have come to an end, and every one that raided the Super WalMarts last night to stock up on provisions will wonder if they can drink all that milk before it spoils.

Thanks for Reading and Happy Rovering.