Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
This story made me laugh last night, as if anyone would ever have thought this could happen after one of the biggest snowfalls in history hit the DC area over the weekend.
"Understanding just how much snow residents have to shovel, some local jurisdictions say they will wait a few days before issuing sidewalk citations." It's part of local law out there that snow must be removed in front of private property or face a ticket. But isn't it nice that the ticket givers will allow a few days break? Who'd have ever imagined anyone getting ticketed when they can't even get out of their own subdivisions?
Katie and Charlie are still boxed in, no plows in sight.
Katie and Charlie and the boys were settled in to the second day of being snowbound yesterday with no end in sight. The streets in their subdivision hadn't been plowed nor did it appear plowing would be done anytime soon. But, at some point in the day several boys in their neighborhood came by and shoveled their driveway enough that their car could get out whenever that time comes. How nice was that? The deep snow was just too much for one person to have accomplished.
Riley checked it out and Drew was still working in the background. I read a story on WTOP in Washington DC which explained why subdivisions and other areas where people live would be the last to get plowed. The process starts with the main arterial streets and highways so that trucks can deliver goods and services to local places. If the main roads aren't cleared then there is no point to leaving home because there wouldn't be anything you could do or anyplace to go.
I do know the Bailey's are very close to being out of food things and it would be so nice if they could get out at some point today.
This picture was taken by Katie at around 3 in the afternoon when there was one of those "hopefully the snow is over" kind of times. But no. Pretty soon it began snowing again and hard and wind. So luckily they were able to get the boys out one more time to run off some energy. You can just make out Charlie and Jake in the distance while Drew stopped to do something with a snow board. That shoveled area is the driveway. Hahahahaha. Charlie must have kept at it all day, doing it over and over. No way a car fits through that opening. But it might make a nice luge run.
Honestly, I've watched so much weather because of this blizzard, I half believe when I look out our window, I'll see tons of snow.
By 8 this morning Katie and Charlie and the boys had a ton of snow out in the Maryland side of DC, but that didn't stop them from getting out to shovel and let Riley the dog, who loves loves loves the snow, get a chance to play.
I'd say Charlie shoveled enough for one day.
Then Katie used a tree in the backyard to practice trapeze while the snow doubled as a net.
It's kind of hard to tell, but she's hanging upside down. Now that is crazy...
I know. My kids are adults and have kids of their own, but I still worry. The Washington DC area and much of the central northeast corridor is looking at a huge blizzard with snow up to two feet.
I start imagining all kinds of things. Will they be stuck at work and not get to the little boys. Do they have enough food to get through the weekend? When you live and work in DC you do your grocery shopping on weekends because there isn't time to do it during the week. Will they stay off the road? Will one or the other be stranded at work?
The snow started coming down right about the beginning of yesterday's afternoon rush hour and as the evening went on the news became focused on the horrible traffic jams on St. Louis highways. Drivers stuck on 70, 170, 270, 44, 64 were facebooking and tweeting how long they'd been sitting on the road. There were accidents and crashes everywhere, multiple crashes on these interstate which backed up traffic and kept other drivers from getting home hours after they left work. One woman wrote, "averaging 2 miles an hour, I might as well walk home." Someone else replied, "Took me two hours."
And on and on from one person after another and you know what? The snow at that time wasn't all that bad, a dusting at best as the news cameras showed, but the dusting on very cold pavement was slippery. And, when asked by a local tv newsperson if the roads had been pre-treated, a MoDOT spokesman said, "No, we did not pre-treat because we did not know what kind of snow we'd be getting."
As I followed this mess last night I began to wonder why all jams and crashes seemed to be on the Missouri side and not in the Metro East. But I didn't wonder long because I suddenly remembered driving to Collinsville at around 8:30 yesterday morning and seeing my windshield get dotted with liquid de-icer. And as I drove along I saw many IDOT trucks out pre-treating the roadways. This is why winter driving is so much better in Illinois than in Missouri/St. Louis. IDOT knows what they're doing and they do it.
At around 6 last evening in the midst of road chaos in St. Louis, KMOV's Laura Hettiger Tweeted, "Things are moving much better on the Illinois side. Near speed limit."
And this is as it ever is in winter. Kudos to IDOT, big thumbs down to MoDOT.
And guess what? The roads on the Missouri side of St. Louis are still causing problems this morning. Snow covered and slippery. KMOX's traffic reporter, Rodger Brand put up this map of snow covered roads this morning. Missouri! Sheesh.
Living in the St. Louis area for so many years, so many winters, I have grown skeptical of snow predictions. Past years have seen so many "sure thing" predictions of X number of inches of snow coming which did not happen that I have become cynical and really don't believe it anymore.
Tonight we can expect 2-4 inches of snow. We'll see