Saturday morning I turned on the radio and found out the government wasn't shutting down and let out a weak 'yay', mainly because I had plans do get some things done on shutdown days. Instead I'll just take some leave.
Also because of the looming shut down I didn't say anything about the BACA Saturday Cleanup, because I wondered about DPW. Well, DPW came through and picked up some stuff I had left at 3rd and P for the clean up. We saw lots of people out, mainly tackling their treeboxes. A few neighbors picking up trash. The Help even got one kid to assist in filling his bag. The mulch was the good stuff. We didn't take any because this year I'm experimenting with non-wood mulch.
Also I want to give a big shout out to MPD for responding quickly and the dispatch person who suggested I get in contact with my ANC as well to report the property. The problem I called about was a yard of an abandoned (we think, not sure) house that hosted nearly 10 teenagers smoking. The group broke up quickly and were gone by the time the police showed up. About 4 officers showed up, checked out the weakness of the property and left. Yay for showing up. And then I was done for the week calling the cops. Something else goes down, I'll give someone else a turn to reach out a touch local law.
And lastly, this threat of a shutdown revealed that some of y'all aren't savers. You can open a savings account (ING, SunTrust, for ex.) with no fees if you have direct deposit. I have $25 going to one, and $25 going to another. Over time that $25 builds up and makes for a nice Christmas fund, provided you don't raid the account before then.