Monday, looking back at Sunday’s snow

I did hear “unscheduled leave” on the radio and I think I have the credit hours to use but I trudged into work despite some people not salting or melting their sidewalks. You know who isn’t home or who is a BAD, BAD homeowner (renters can claim stupidity) by the slick paths of ice in front of their houses. People, salt. You can take regular table salt and melt (or at least break up) the dangerous ice outside your house. If you have sand that’s good too so people can have traction. Property owners are responsible for the sidewalk in front of their homes. According to DC Code, 2001 Ed, 9-601 property owners must clear snow and ice from sidewalks 8 daylight hours after snowfall. There is a fine but I don’t think the District really enforces it. What one might be concerned with is the uptick in the ‘walking to work’ lawyer population round here.
Sunday I noticed the lack of a certain population filling up the streets between 10am and 1pm. Lack or decrease in the number of cars for church parking. I think it is really telling when a large number of your congregation lives so far that they can’t make it in. My own church has a bunch of folks who live within blocks, or decent walking distance, from the church had a decent number showing up. But the distance, it doesn’t make sense, particularly when there are things that need to be done and can’t be done when key personnel can’t make it in due to snow.
Speaking of population observations. Early in the morning there weren’t as many people milling about in the Logan and Dupont Circle areas as I normally would see. But later, after noon there were people out walking, shopping, and doing their normal thing. It wasn’t the sort of weather one would drive into the area for, so I’m going to guess that a large portion of the people up and about on the streets were locals who live in the area. Provided business could get their employees in, there were shoppers ready to plunk down the cash and plastic. Sunday showed how important locals are to the life of an area. I think business and other functions that depend too much on folks who have to drive in suffer.

Stupid meme

Okay, I try to make these rare, so I’m burying it under today’s main post.

Four jobs I’ve had (no order):
1. Cashier
2. Library student temp
3. Teaching Assistant
4. Census taker

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Strictly Ballroom
3. Color Purple
4. Holiday Inn

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Gainesville, FL
2. Amherst, MA
3. London, UK
4. Hyattsville, MD

Four TV shows I love:
1. Law & Order (any)
2. CSI (any)
3. Simpsons
4. This Old House

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. London
2. Cambridge, UK
3. Orlando, FL
4. France

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Crab Cakes
2. Lamb chops
3. Mango Salmon roll
4. Chicken and rice

Four sites I visit daily:
2. (keeping up with all the good blogs is so hard)

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. London
2. Florida
3. Cafe Atlantico
4. National Archives downtown

Four books (or series) I love:
1. The Four Loves by CS Lewis
2. The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
3. BCP
4. Bible (NIV)

Four video games I can play over and over (this is as close as I get to video games):
1. Civilization I
2. Civilization II
3. Civilization III
4. Solitare