Friday, February 12, 2010


Note the mailbox, also how I am standing out in the street taking this picture. Cool, huh?


Sunday, February 07, 2010


The historic blizzard of 2010 has buried the DC area under a record-breaking two to three feet of snow. The storm, which President Obama referred to as "Snowmageddon" in a speech before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, set records right and left.

Lets talk about snow, shall we? As I write this we have been snowed in for perhaps the third, and definitely the most impressive time this winter. It started during the week. At work people were whispering about how "this was going to be the big one." Then everyone got sent home Thursday night. I worked at home on Friday, and the snow didn't really start falling until that evening.

By Friday night we had maybe a foot of snow. By Saturday morning twice that. By the time we were done we had almost a yard of heavy thick white stuff, and it piled up everywhere.

People down in Virginia are funny. Growing up we had snow like this pretty commonly, but we also had lots of four wheel drives, and snowplows for the roads. Down here snow literally paralyzes everyone. It is Sunday afternoon and I still cannot get out of the driveway. They haven't plowed our street yet.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Not that that is a big deal, both Kathleen and I are not very big football fans. But our cable tv, internet, and phone went out with the blizzard, leaving us disconnected. Kathleen had bought a 550 piece jigsaw puzzle and laid it out on the dining room table on a big sheet of white posterboard. We worked on it over the weekend. Otherwise we shovelled and spent time watching tv and lookingn around at the snow that never seemed to stop falling.

The kids played out in the snow. We shovelled and shovelled and shovelled. It was nice, getting stuck in together in relative comfort and quiet.

I took a bunch of photos, those will be going up on the blog next.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

another pretty snowfall

We have gotten a fair share of snow for Virginia this year, and tonight we had that wet, clumpy snow that sticks to the branches and makes everything pretty.