February 12, 2010
This past week we have been experiencing a full on blizzard here in the D.C. area. I think the final tally at Dulles International Airport (just a couple of miles from our house) was something just over 50 inches of snow. That was from two back-to-back storms in a matter of 4 or 5 days. I have never seen anything like this. The news stated that to shovel your average two car width driveway was about 2 tons of snow. So Julia and I got quite a workout. You can see in the pictures what kind of task it really was. It was so cold and windy that the girls didn’t even want to be out in it for more than a few minutes. Our county schools were out from release on Thursday until this coming Tuesday. That was an entire week of snow days (11 days total break!!!). They say that they have built in 15 days and they will not have to make this up in June. One more pelting like that and they will be owing some days though. I also have not been to work in that time. The federal government shut down as well. Today (Friday) was the only day that they opened back up. And that was with a two hour delayed report time and/or liberal leave. That allowed those that are in areas still clearing roads (most areas) to take that final day. I opted to stay home myself. I will use that one vacation day to not attempt that hellacious drive. The traffic is bad on normal days. My 1.5 hour trip home could have easily turned into 2.5 with the narrowed roadways. For those that have not experienced this kind of white-out, count your blessings. I can see why Jack Nicholson might have slaughtered his family in “The Shining” now. Cabin fever is no joke people! By the way, the tiki bar is now only serving frozen margaritas. And don’t ask for salt on the rim…we need that to thaw out the dance floor.