January 31, 2011

#261 in Life’s Little Instruction Book says:

Take family vacations whether you can afford them or not. The memories will be priceless.

I’ve got a head full of priceless memories, and a few pictures.

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I went to a friends house Saturday night and while I was there I got a call from my neighbor telling me that our power was back on. While I am happy that it is back on, I’m unhappy it took 4 days to get it back on. I was very lucky that I had a place to go to sleep and eat in warmth. Many people had nowhere else to go. I don’t have the answer, but 200,000 customers without power is unacceptable.

I heard on the radio that the Governor of MD wrote a scathing letter to Pepco.

And guess what? We are getting more snow and ice sometime between Monday night and Wednesday.

I was plowing for most of the outage so I had to throw out 99% of what was in my fridge. There’s nothing in there now so if the power goes out again, and it almost certainly will, I wont loose anything else. I have a friend who has a whole house generator and they ride out theses outages brilliantly. Perhaps it’s something to think about down the road. Truth be told, I’d love to get partially off the grid. Creating my own power using wind and solar. It would be nice to get something back from the power company.

Until then, I’ll keep the fridge un-stocked  until after the next storm.

Pepco = Crapco

January 29, 2011

According to my neighbor, our power has been out since Wednesday. I called Friday and was told it would be on at 11pm…maybe a little later. Its Saturday. All the streets around our street have power. One of the spokespersons for Pepco went on the radio and said the majority of their customers would have power Friday at 11pm. I did not. They said it would be on sat. It was not. I hope it will be on later tonight, but I don’t have my hopes up. I’m going to a  friends house. I expect it may be Monday before I get power back. I’ll keep you posted.


January 28, 2011

I was on hour 31 of a 38 hr shift. I truly thought i was taking a picture of a sunset… for a min.


I was not on the GW parkway, so I can not speak as to the causes of the 8 to 12 hr event, but my guess is always “Stupid People”.

If you own a sports car, and you take it to work on a day when every media outlet in the region says we will have snow…heavy, fast, big snow, starting between 3 and 4 pm, You are an idiot. You are part of the problem. For all I know you could have been THE problem.

I saw camaros, corvettes, Porsche’s, stupid looking little lowered sports cars that sound like lawn mowers, and even a scooter! Dumb Asses! Who gets behind the wheel of a corvette hours before a snow storm? Why would you risk getting caught in the storm?

“Maybe it’s his only form of transportation.” Ah…sure, right. If you can afford a corvette… Anyway it’s a stupid primary form of transportation on the day of a major snow storm. In my opinion.

I was in Springfield VA, spreading salt at the start of the storm and then plowing. Again, this picture just doesn’t capture the stupid things I saw stupid people doing.

People not moving

Write. Do.

January 26, 2011

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Either is good. I’m gonna try both.

Eight-foot sharks netted in Potomac River

via Eight-foot sharks netted in Potomac River – NatGeo News Watch.

See…this is why I like swimming pools and lakes.

Photo: Christy Henderson, Buzz’s Marina.

The mnemonic goes like this, “i” before “e” except after “c”. There are more exceptions to the rule than words that follow the rule. In a guide, Support For Spelling, that was distributed by the British government to 13,000 primary schools it was suggested that the rule, “I before E except after C”, should be dropped because it “is not worth teaching”.

The truth is I don’t think this rule has ever helped me, just the opposite, It never fails to mess me up. Thank god for spell check, otherwise I guess I’d have to learn to spell all these words!  Here are some of the words I use pretty much all the time.



Happy Birthday Mom

January 23, 2011

I’m so lucky to have both my Mom and my Dad. Many of my friends do not. I am also lucky to have a great relationship with them both. They’re both good people who I, even if I weren’t family, would want to know. So, happy Birthday to you mom! I hope you have many more.


Your number one son!

Mom and Dad

Opinions are like…

January 22, 2011

You know how it goes. I was curious, so I looked it up.


opinion pronunciation /əˈpɪnyən/ Show Spelled[uh-pin-yuhn] Show IPA


1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
3. the formal expression of a professional judgment: to  ask for a second Medical opinion.
4. Law. the formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.
5.a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.: to forfeit someone’s good opinion.
6.a favorable estimate; esteem: I haven’t much of an opinion of him.
While researching I also found this:
Opinion, sentiment, view are terms for one’s conclusion about something. An opinion is a belief or judgment that falls short of absolute conviction, certainty, or positive knowledge; it is a conclusion that certain facts, ideas, etc., are probably true or likely to prove so: political opinions; an opinion about art; In my opinion this is true. Sentiment (usually pl.) refers to a rather fixed conviction, usually based on feeling or emotion rather than reasoning: These are my sentiments. View is an estimate of something, an intellectual judgment, a critical survey based on a mental examination, particularly of a public matter: views on governmental planning.
So, in my opinion, while I’m arguing what I believe to be my opinion, you are arguing what you believe to be fact.
I respect your opinion.
Can you respect mine?