ARLINGTON, Va.— Last week, two newspaper boxes for The Onion appeared on my block in Pentagon City. Back in January, I blogged about The Onion’s arrival.
The Onion is not available until April 5, but it already has two more boxes on the block than the CityPaper. Even though they are different types of publications, they are competitors. Why? Advertising. Both are publications target the 18-34 audience and at least in Pentagon City, The Onion clearly has the edge in reaching that audience.
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
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?
ARLINGTON, Va. ‐ Here in Pentagon City we got our deepest snowfall total of the season, a whole 3½ inches. How much snow did you get?
This guy wants to know how long until Opening Day:
Retconned from Metroblogging DC
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.
ARLINGTON, Va. — There was a fire around 10:15 tonight at Woo Lae Oak, a Korean restaurant that is equidistant from my apartment building and Fritz’s. I covered it over at Metroblogging DC. The fire does not appear to have been too serious. More tomorrow, I have to get back to bed.
ARLINGTON, Va. —
Well, up to a foot of snow fell in some parts of the region, but at WWN
headquarters there was about five on the tops of cars and four on the grass — in other words a cataclysmic Washington snowstorm. Had we gotten what the Ombudsman got up in New York, well let’s just say the federal government would not open until Wednesday or so. There is probably a downside too.
A snowy military-industrial complex
Some official WWN snowfall totals
Pentagon City 5″
West Alexandria 6″
MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Being brave, Erica and I decided to tempt fate and dared to venture out onto the roads, which were largely okay. We found our way to Whitetail for a little bit of skiing. I had not been there in over ten years. It is a nice resort, the cafeteria for one thing is better than most and a number of other little things reflect the relative newness of the resort. Still, it’s not the Poconos, but not bad for a spontaneous trip.
It’s hard to smile in the middle of a squall
Back to our regularly scheduled programming…
ARLINGTON, Va.— It seems like every year on April 1 my apartment complex starts filling up the swimming pool. It winds up being a cruel tease on days like Wednesday (high 80+) of course, because it will not open until Memorial Day weekend. April fools!
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.
– Take Them Out to the Ballgame
– The 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.
– A Big Reality Check
– The 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-395 – The 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.