Wednesday, December 07, 2005

It's Pearl Harbor Day

This past week I was fortunate enough to get to see the news happen, before it was reported on. This rarely ever happens to me and I consider myself fortunate that it doesn't happen often. I am not a person who likes to be in the middle of things. So, check out this article to see the full story.

My part in this...while coming home from my company's holiday party last Thursday, I was passed by a speeding car. I took no notice of this, except that they were really moving. I was going just over 70 mph and they flew by me. I would guess about 85-90 mph. Soon after that I was passed by two police cruisers going about as fast as the original car. They had their lights on and were not after me. Thank goodness. A few minutes later I was home and changing for a my date. I stepped out of my house 15 min. later and started walking towards the Metro station. I heard and saw a helicopter flying above me. It was dark, so I couldn't see what it looked like, but I have heard helicopters before when they are checking on the traffic in the morning commute. My thoughts were that there must have been an accident on the Beltway and I was really thankful that I got off at my exit before the traffic got backed up.

The next morning, I had to go to the DMV to get my plates. On the radio I heard about an incident in Woodside Park (this is the name of my neighborhood). After getting to work, I checked my neighborhood's Yahoo group and it confirmed what I thought. There was a police chase on the Beltway and they fled into the Woodside Park neighborhood after crashing their car. I thought it was cool that I got to see a high-speed chase, even if I didn't know it at the time. Isn't the big city wonderful!

Another story...I forgot to tell this one early. I was riding on the Metro with Sean last weekend. We were coming back from the Sarah Silverman movie. At one of the stops a guy and pretty girl got on the train. They were all dressed up for a formal outing. Sean asked me what was going on, since we had seen so many people dressed up around town. I said that school is almost out for the semester, but the couple on the train looked to be about my age. The next thing that happens was awesome and unbelievable! The girl took the guys head and shoved it into the wall of the train. The guy was stunned, but tried getting her hands off of him. She started pushing and punching him everywhere she could, while yelling at him. He got up and tried to get away. She screamed that he wasn't going anywhere. She jumped on his back and tried to pull him back, but he kept walking till he got to the end of the train car and was able to step off the train when the doors opened. She followed him and never stopped screaming. Needless to say, it was pretty hot to see this girl go off on this guy, but I refrained from telling her this. Partly out of the inconvenience of getting off the train and having to wait till the next one and the other part was fear. The doors to the train shut and we took off towards the next stop. This brought an end to our excitement for the evening.

I learned something that night. If I am really bored, then I can always go for a ride on the Metro and find a free show. Sean thought that was the craziest thing he had seen on the Metro since moving to DC several years ago. I agreed, but I have only been here three months. Can you believe that? I moved here three months ago as of tomorrow. Wow!!

Don't forget to thank the Japanese today and your fellow American veterans. If the Japanese had not bombed us at Pearl Harbor, WWII might have lasted even longer than it did. Which means that the Holocaust might have lasted even longer too. Thank you America! I sure do love living here. In some countries this blog would be considered illegal.

DC had its first snowfall this week! It was very cold, so I only made one snow ball which I splattered all over the garage door. It scared the cat enough to make him retreat into the house. The snow did not stick well to the streets. I had an easy commute the next day, since so many schools were closed. Everyone at work showed up late, so I had the place to myself for the first couple of hours.

One thing I am really surprised to learn is how quickly DC closes everything for the weather. I would expect that they would be equipped like Colorado. This appears not to be the case. The grocery stores are hit by consumers, like people do in the South. Consumers rush to buy all the necessities, thinking they might be snowed in for the next month. I have worked at a grocery store for a couple of years and saw this behavior repeatedly. For anyone who reads this, save yourself the trouble. Usually you won't need the stuff, since the weather man is often wrong. Additionally, everyone has already stocked up on everything. This means that if the worst happens, then all you have to do is make it to your neighbors house to get what you need.

Also, they use salt on the road. This is not very environmentally friendly, nor is it good for your car. There are slightly more expensive chemicals that are much more friendly to the environment that the gov't should be using. The savings by the consumers from less repairs to their cars and the cost of clean-up in the long run should more than off-set the cost of using these chemicals. The Potomac is one of the most polluted rivers in America. Nat'l Geographic just had a front cover story about it a few months ago. This is where everything eventually drains into in this region, therefore, the gov't has no business using salt on the road ways.

This weekend should be interesting. We are expecting another snow storm this Thursday evening. It should be substantial according to the weatherman. Which means, "we don't really know anything yet...ask us Friday morning." Hopefully schools will close again and the commute will be easy. It is supposed to snow all day Friday. I can't wait to wake-up Sat. morning and see everything white. If I get out early enough I will take some pictures of my neighborhood dressed with snow.

I am going to see Rusted Root on Saturday. I have a friend from CO, Justin, who will be in town for work, but is coming to see the show. Also I am going with Sean and Annie, who live in the DC area. It should be a great time. Friday night, there is a happy hour to attend, but I doubt that I will make it with if there is several inches of snow on the ground. Sunday, I hopefully will make it to the soup kitchen and then probably meet up with Justin again before he heads back to CO.

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