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An excellent neighborhood in Arlington County, Va. that mixes suburban and urban characteristics. I live there for 6½ great years and still miss it.

Finally, a decent snowstorm (for a while at least)


ARLINGTON, Va. — The “light snow & sleet, turning to rain” forecasted today has turned out to be a 3½ of snow instead, our highest total of the season. I am not complaining though, if it is going to be cold out, it might as well be snowy. Erica, Fritz and I took advantage of it by building a snowman in Grace Murray Hopper Park, also known as the front yard of our building.



I also have more photos in my flickr set National Capital on Ice. Here is a preview:

How long until Opening Day?

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SNOW!


ARLINGTON, Va. — I was just outside with the official WWN ruler measuring the snowfall in Pentagon City. Total as of 7:15 p.m. EST: just under 2 inches. Not a lot, but better than nothing.

Wasn’t it great watching the Bears vs. Saints game today? Snow, grass, mud, and frozen breath — real footbal. It makes watching the second game tough since they are playing in that stupid dome. At least a lineman scored the first touchdown for New England. Hopefully, they’ll continue to poor it on Indy.

By the way, Indy will be replacing their current dome with a retractable roof stadium. They had a chance to fix the sitaution and only did it half way. What are the odds they will ever have open when the weather is poor? Doubtful.

Any way, internet connectivity at WWN World Headquarters is limited only to my RSS reader — no http, pop or smtp, so I probably won’t have an update tomorrow morning. I’ll try to get something up at lunch. Right now, I’m at the South Pentagon City bureau using Deputy Editor MC Hamme’s workstation. Comcast is scheduled to fix the situation tomorrow.

Okay, time to sign off. More tomorrow — I hope.

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Observations XV: Scenes from a Mall

  • Aside from cutting through the food court at Pentagon City to get to the Metro, I spend very little time in malls. I did little Christmas shopping at Tysons Corner Center last week. I was successful, but reminded that even in one of the best malls in the country still suffers from the same problems as all malls — bad service and scary teenagers. Seriously, the majority of teens there seemed to have unnatural hair colors, lots of visible piercings or both. The only young women there who didn’t seem to have lots of body mods were wearing hijabs. For all I know, they have green hair underneath.
  • After a trip to Hershey, my boss came back with eight different kinds of Hershey kisses. EIGHT! As a culture, we just might be getting too specialized. The ones with caramel were really good though.
  • I’ll miss having classical music on the radio. D.C. might be the worst major radio market in the country.
  • D’oh! Russia seems to have fully embraced never stopped its old ways.
  • I can’t say that I am a Mariah Carey fan, but her “All I Want for Christmas is You” is one of the better original pop Christmas songs. That’s not enough for me to overlook her ripping off the Tom Tom Club though.
  • John Denver and the Muppets — A Christmas Together is the best Christmas album. We listened to it while we decorated our tree.
  • It always seems to be less than 30° on the night of a company holiday party.
  • We have nine Penn State ornaments on our Christmas tree.
  • I really missed spinach, I’m glad it has returned. Along similar lines I never get around to buying green onions because whenever I think of it, they are being recalled by a Mexican restaurant chain.
  • Another state (Pennsylvania) wants to sell or lease a toll road (The Inky). I am very skeptical of this being a good idea.
  • Cable TV has officially run out of ideas: Animals in The Womb
  • If there was an ocean in Colorado, everyone would move there.
  • I don’t think there is anything that ruins a workout quite like running on an elliptical next to a woman with a serious eating disorder who has just soiled herself.
  • I think I blew out my PC’s speakers with “The Laundromat Song” by The Dead Milkmen.
  • You can always tell when a Collegian columnist is taking Dr. Calvert’s Media Law class.
  • Tons of old school reminders lately, the latest being the song “Heaven Beside You” by Nervarna & Chains. That tune was ubiquitous my freshmen year. Also, someone found my site by Googling one of my former roommates names.
  • Hmm, that reminds me of a Steely Dan song I need to buy.
  • Merry Widow, my favorite run at Big Boulder ski resort, has been turned into a snowboard run, d’oh! That seals it, nothing but Camelback from now on. Hopefully, it will get cold up there soon.
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  • MORE ON THE BALLPARK WIN

    This is what I tried to post earlier. Here are the lead articles from The Post:Amended Deal on Stadium Approved and The Wash. Times: Deal puts District back in the ballgame.


    David BroderTake Them Out to the BallgameThe Post

    The dean of Washington’s political columnists, Dave Broder rarely writes a sports column, but when he does, it is always good. He thinks that Congress got a lot less friendly after Bob Short moved the Senators in ’71 because they could no longer go to games together and put the politics aside for an evening. Along a similar line, I bet the schools were a lot better then too.

    Thomas BoswellA Big Reality CheckThe Post

    A little cold water from Tom Boswell is kind of surprising and you may not want to read it, though there is a photograph of councilman Vincent Orange holding a Ricky Henderson picture, which will no doubt delight one blogger. Boswell thinks we are looking at 2009 for a ballpark opening. I think I could live with that, couldn’t you?

    NOTE TO THE OMBUDSMAN

    Let me tell you, on April 4, it’s getting personal, real personal.


    IN OTHER NEWS: TROUBLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Truck Explodes on I-395The Post

    A tanker truck exploded a few blocks from my apartment early this morning. Somehow, I slept through that, though I do remember a car alarm going off for a long time. My commute got delayed somewhat, but not too badly. I could smell the fumes though and the air was hazy.


    PENN STATE BRIEFS

    • The Lion cagers lost to Buffalo last night, which is really bad and a reminder the team has a loooong ways to go. – CDT
    • Kelly Mazzante was honored by PSU at the BJC. – CDT
    • WR Terrance Phillips is done at Penn State. I guess this will give someone we know something to talk about the next time he runs into Terrance’s dad at Safeway. – Patriot-News
    • Yesterday was Joe Paterno’s 105th birthday. No, really, it was his 78th.
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