My brother Christopher reports that the Pitchers and Catchers Day Storm dropped a foot of snow on Burke, Va.
— Christopher Yurasko (@cyurasko) February 13, 2014
Where I’m at in Alexandria got 8½ inches.
TYSONS, Va. — It is kind of hard to believe, but after last winter’s snow drought was followed by some measurable March snow, we’re already into our second winter storm of the 2013-2014 winter. In as many days, no less. The snow wasn’t really measurable yesterday; just enough to make it pretty before the mixed precipitation started. Today though, there is enough, only I had a problem — I can’t find my ruler at work. A co-worker offered this solution:
The official WWN Weather Bureau reading – 3 inches, though some may be from yesterday. I hope to have one more protractor-measured reading around lunch time.
CHANTILLY, Va. — As the parent of a five year old son, LEGO® has become a big part of our lives again, so I was pleased to see another LEGO® event was going on last weekend. As LEGO® events go, Brickfair, held annually at the Dulles Expo Center may be the biggest and best out there. Dozens of tables featuring different themes such as Castle, Military, Mindworks, Space, City and more. There is also a Stay & Play area and vendors selling old LEGOs probably bought at garage sales and craigslist. Also, lots of Star Wars minifigs at $5 a pop.
The highlight of the show was the Great Ball Contraption , a large Rube Goldberg machine with Ferris wheels, trains, conveyor belts and all sorts of mechanized parts that moved tiny soccer and basketballs around.
Other highlights include a gigantic LEGO Serenity
a superhero scene with the Stay Puft marshmallow man
and of course, a RUSH concert which begs the question, what would a venn diagram of RUSH fans and adult LEGO builders look like?
I have about 70 photos up or you could just view the slideshow embedded below.
The Town of Vienna, Va.’s preeminent historian Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, aged 97 years, has died. Stuntz was a lifelong resident and co-author of the book “This Was Vienna, Virginia” that was published in the late 1980s. He visited my social studies class and shared with us his memories of the town.
My brother Christopher, who provided a photograph of the book included here added “the town of Vienna will owe him a debt of gratitude for generations to come.”
FROM VIENNA PATCH
Remembering Vienna’s ‘Unofficial Historian’
Last week, I was pretty happy to learn from WTOP that the Fairfax County area was not likely to get hit hard by the Brood II cicadas this year. However, today I heard a report that said we’re going to get them though mostly in the suburbs – Billions of cicadas to emerge this season.
Which is it WTOP?
Fairfax County to see minimal number of cicadas – WTOP/AP
Recently, a co-worker was wondering when the cicadas would come out. I remembered the Brood X appearances in 1987 and 2004, but did not remember the Brood II cycles. Now, I know why — BeltwayLand is on the outskirts of Brood II’s range. I am not disappointed by this at all.
Stay tuned for our next cicada update, eight years from now.
This Sunday at Gunston Hall near Lorton, Va. is Britain on the Green (BOG) a celebration of British cars. It looks like it will be a nice day, so if you love Triumphs, Jaguars, MGs and so on like I do, stop on by. The Capital Triumph Register description:
Past shows have featured nearly 200 British cars registered in 25 Classes and image003hundreds of spectators. The British Car hobby and motor industry are extremely well represented. Dozens of Triumphs and MGs are joined by Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Rolls and Bentleys, Minis, Lotuses, Land Rovers, and cars you’ve probably never seen before, such as Jensen, Riley, and Wolseley. The show is a participant’s choice voting for class awards plus special awards such as Best of Show chosen by the BOG committee. The price of show car registration includes a dash plaque, a commemorative poster, and a tour of Gunston Hall. Spectator admission will be at standard Gunston Hall prices, which includes a tour of the house and grounds as well as the car show. British car regalia and food vendors are available for your enjoyment all day long. Plus you will have an immersion in American Colonial history with the period reenactors giving demonstrations in outdoor cooking.
If you have a British car you’d like to show, the cost is $35.
Admission – Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Children 6-18: $5, Children under 6: free, Family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children): $25
My brother Christopher will be showing our father’s 1968 Triumph TR250 that was bought new in Arlington and restored multiple times. We have great memories of going for rides with Dad from the time we were toddlers strapped in the passenger seat together and up until last year. Christopher now owns “Tommy” as he “held the light more” when we were growing up. He’s an excellent steward and eager to be participating in his first BOG. VOTE FOR HIM!
Also, there is the irony of celebrating British cars at the estate of an American patriot!
I got a sneak peak of the Triumph contribution to BOG last weekend when I joined my brother in a ride up and down the George Washington Memorial Parkway with almost a dozen Triumphs. I took a few photos of that too: [flickr : Photos of Capital Triumph Register ride/slideshow]
Big changes are coming when the Silver Line opens, some of them outlined in this Dr. Gridlock update from earlier in the week. The Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discloses that Blue Line riders will experience a decrease level of service as a result of the Silver Line, but argues that five riders will see benefits for every one rider who sees repercussions.
Last month, I went to an open house about the Silver Line in Crystal City hosted by WMATA. I jotted down some notes and took some photographs. A few notes:
It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out – I’m kind of skeptical they can get it operational by end of 2013.
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project– DC to Dulles Metrorail
At last, all major construction associated with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is coming to a close. The completion of the new Telegraph Road (VA 241/Secondary 611) interchange (vamegaprojects.com)was celebrated last week. The actual new Woodrow Wilson Bridge has been fully operational since 2008 or 2009. According to dcroads.net‘s Capital Beltway Historic Overview the whole Wilson Bridge project built bridges for the Inner and Outer Loops of the Capital Beltway, as well as new interchanges on both sides of the Potomac River, broke ground on October 20, 2000.
I drove through the interchange on Telegraph Road and near it on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria yesterday and found the signing to be a bit disappointing. While I-95 and I-495 are both marked along the Beltway in this area, I-495 signs weren’t always posted with I-95. Additionally, the VA 241 and County Route 611 signs were not as clearly marked as they could be. Of course, part of the problem is the confusing nature of those routes – VA 241 branches off onto N. Kings Highway right after the Beltway, while Route 611 continues south on Telegraph Road. Better signing would help clear that up. Still, the new construction is a significant improvement over the antiquated set up that was there previously.
This project, along with the rebuilt Springfield Interchange and the EZ Pass Express Lanes restored most of the Virginia side of the Beltway, while Maryland has crumbling 50 year old infrastructure.
View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.
Drivers Pleased With New Telegraph Road Interchange – NBC Washington
Highway markers courtesy of Shields Up!
TYSONS, Va. — Just outside the Capital Beltway, 4 inches of spring snow have accumulated.
Travel between Alexandria’s West End through Arlington (Ballston in particular) to Tysons was fine. Slushy on occasion, but not icy.
PREVIOUSLY: Alexandria, Va. March 25, 2013 snow fall total at 8:35 a.m.