Friday, February 5, 2010

Addressing Several Items in One Post

Time to do a little housekeeping.

First, I apologize about the links in yesterday’s panda post. They've been corrected to actually take you somewhere now; apparently HTML code is a little sensitive when it comes to its font, and it rejected my use of quotation marks within the hyperlink tags. If you know HTML code, that made sense; otherwise, all you need to know is that the links work now.

Secondly, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Natalie is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., on May 1 and 2, and she has a Web page set up to accept donations. I’ll be leaving a link to that page in the left hand column until the end of April, so if you feel so moved, please feel free to donate.

This is Natalie, Mom and Mindy at the 2008 walk.

Finally, I don’t like to write about weather, but what is happening in D.C. right now is nothing short of epic. The region is teetering on the brink of collapse. Western civilization, as we know it, could be a crossroads as this winter’s SnowStorm 4.0, “The Bigger One” has this city gripped in fear.

(Quick aside: In D.C., the mere threat of snowfall constitutes a snowstorm. So far this winter, we’ve had one real snowstorm, two snowfalls, and what appears to be another snowstorm, possibly larger than the previous.)

Want to see humanity at its worst? Check out the parking lot of the Crystal City Costco at 5:30 p.m. on the eve of the largest storm human eyes have ever witnessed.

As of this morning, they are predicting 5 inches to fall during the day, followed by about 10 to 18 inches over night and then maybe another 10 inches on Saturday. Estimates range from 20 to 30 inches all told.

If I don’t post another entry by Tuesday, send a search and rescue team.

Wait, a flake just fell. Our office announced it is closing, and there is a mad rush for the staircase. My boss is on the verge of being trampled to death. Should I stop to help him? No, no time to be a hero now. Run down the stairs! Get out of my way!

On second thought, our earliest ancestors survived an entire era known as the Ice Age in loin clothes with large cats with large teeth trying to eat them, so I think we’ll be alright.


  1. Ha ha ha - as a Colorado emigre to the DC area I, too, have been very much amused by the extreme reaction to the snow. I went to a supermarket last night only to find that the entire meat department had been ransacked (combination of Super Bowl and Snow-in?) and that the lines extended all the way down the aisles. This was at 11:30pm.

  2. I went to college in Syracuse. Talk about snow!!
    Then moved to DC. "Oh, no, it's expected to mist lightly, everybody get in your car and pretend the highway is a parking lot!"
    Funny. Enjoy the time to not have to go out. Forced rest.