Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Snowmageddon" Hits the Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C.- By now, I'm sure you've all heard about the BLIZZARD currently moving through the East Coast. The snow was more than knee-deep as I was shoveling this morning and it is predicted to keep falling until late tonight. Even though I grew up in a snowy climate, I have never seen anything quite like this.

I remember once when I was in sixth grade it snowed a few feet of snow and school was cancelled. That was the first and only time that ever happened growing up. So, it's not like I haven't ever seen this much snow before... it's more the response to all the snow and the region's reaction to it that is most amusing. Take this scene for instance:

In preparation for the big snowstorm, (which the news just called a "monstrosity") my roommate and I headed to the grocery store, only to find half of the community, many bare shelves and long lines running all the way down the aisles. We waited in line for more than an hour to buy our food.... It was amusing to say the least. Airports also had already begun to cancel flights, all before even a snowflake fell. And then there's scenes like this:

Amy and I were both ordered to work from home on Friday, even though the snow hadn't even started falling yet. So, we decided to make the most of our "teleworking" and hit up the gym. Afterward we decided to go look at some of the shops nearby. But... that idea was quickly shut down (pun intended). The snow was just barely beginning to fall and the "closed" signs were already up, lights off, shops desolate... not an employee in sight. Laughter ensued. And more amusement followed, when we woke up to this today... and spent hours digging ourselves out.

Yes, no matter where you grew up, more than two feet of snow was a lot to fall in 24 hours. It helps to think that next weekend, for my birthday, I will be enjoying sunny Florida beaches here:
...that is, if the airport doesn't close down again. More snow is scheduled again for next weekend. So, unless I can dig my car out of this mess sometime soon, it looks like I'm stuck for awhile.
Yes, that is my car. Where, you ask? Look closer, it's there.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Winter Wonderland on the Way to Work

WASHINGTON, DC- It snowed. Again. As much as I hate the white stuff it sure looked pretty on my commute to work this morning.

If you look closely you can see the Washington Monument and top of the Jefferson Memorial drapped in white.

And now I'm ready for it to melt.