Thursday, February 24, 2005

Snow Day

Yup, it's snowing in Washington. Which means everything shuts down. It started at 5:30 this morning, when loving children woke us up to inform the parents that school was canceled. To be fair, they have to get up that early, because the bus arrives at 6:31, and neither mom nor dad is going to drive them to school if they are late.

Looked outside. Not a flake of snow to be seen. Turn on the radio to WTOP. Yes, indeed, it's going to snow, 4-8 inches, with the peak at about 1:30, when the school buses start hearding children home. So, for once, our blessed school administrators have listened to the weather men. Usually they will wait until the roads are totally impassable before doing anything. Of course, if they do believe the weatherman, then likely as not there is no snow.

Today, however, everyone was right on. Right now (1 pm), we've got 3-4 inches on the ground, and it doesn't show signs of stopping.

Now the government has not shut down. All those Federal Employees slogged into work, faithfully spending your tax dollars. Well, except for those who to Liberal -- uh, make that "Unscheduled" Leave, taking a vacation day in exchange for not tying up traffic by trying to leave work now, as the Federal government is closing two hours early. Given the way Washington drives in snow, leaving work two hours early means that those who went in will get home only two hours later than usual.

We didn't seem to have a big runup to the storm. No panic buying of toilet paper and extra bottles of water. Maybe people had stocked up for the dud storm over the weekend, or maybe they just didn't think a late February storm would be that much bother. It shouldn't be, things are supposed to clear out tonight and we'll be starting to warm up again.

In the meantime, we'll stay right here a Blogger Central, tweaking the template and looking for things to post. Leave a comment below. You'll actually get a quick response today.