Archive for February, 2010

Feds Declare Unscheduled Leave for Friday

The second snowpocalypse of the winter of 2009-2010 has already begun, even though flakes are not predicted to begin falling until tomorrow. In case you can’t see outside from your cubicle; it’s partly sunny and around 35 degrees outside just now, here in NW DC.  Perfectly nice weather.  (I just went to CVS.)  However, the federal government has decided to declare Friday, Feb. 5 an “unscheduled leave” day already, due to concerns about commute troubles and other worries.

This grocery cart doesnt have snow tires

This grocery cart doesn't have snow tires

The flakes are supposed to begin tomorrow sometime around mid-day, and wreak complete havoc on the evening rush hour.  With inch-an-hour snowfall possible during the workday, it’s conceivable that Metro could close its above-ground stations (due to 8″ or more snow) before the rush hour period even ends.

If you are planning on going out for supplies and haven’t yet, please be sure to allow plenty of time for standing in the check-out lines, and try to bring your most Zen-like patience with you.  I’ve already heard several co-workers talking about long lines at grocers last night and this morning. During December’s Snowpocalypse, several major grocery stores in Arlington and Alexandria became almost completely devoid of meat, in addition to the usual staples of milk, bread, and toilet paper.  Since it’s Super Bowl weekend on top of the snowstorm, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that chips and dip will be thin on the shelves this time around, too.

Once the snow stops falling, please wait for the roads to be cleared if you can, before attempting to drive (especially if you are even the least bit intimidated by snowy conditions).  If you must head out, please clean the snow off your entire car.  Don’t drive around with two feet sitting on the roof; it can slide off and hit drivers behind you, causing major accidents.  If you’ve got a sidewalk going through your property, please be courteous and clear it so that others may pass by.  In some jurisdictions, this is required by law.

Try to be ready, be patient, and enjoy the snow!  Do some sledding, build a snowman, have a snowball fight.  Be safe, DC!  Happy flaking!

Snowgasm: Where Arlington Alert Says You Should Lay Low

I am easily amused by DC’s over reaction in warning people of massive events. So I’ll just let the text of the Arlington Alert I received yesterday say it all:

Another severe winter storm, with near blizzard conditions, is forecast to hit Arlington Fri., Feb. 5 through Sat., Feb. 6. Be prepared to shelter in place for 3 to 5 days . Please stay off the roads. Snow crews will plow primary and secondary roads first for emergency vehicles. After severe storms (more than 10”), it may take 36-48 hours after the snow stops before County plows can get to residential streets.
If they think I’ll be snowed for 3-5 days for a near-blizzard, what should we do if Snogasm turns into a full fledged Snopocalypse?

Local Awards Season Kicks-Off With WATCH Nominations

WatchlogoToday the headlines may be about this morning Oscar nominations but a couple weeks ago the DC theatre scene was already buzzing with the recent announcement of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards. The organization nominates and rewards the best in community theatre in the Washington DC area.

Back on January 17th, the nominees were announced 38 categories. The big nominees were Reston Community Players (32 nominations), Little Theatre of Alexandria (27 nominations), and Silver Spring Stage (23 nominations). Reston was not only the most nominated theatre but also had the top two nominated shows, with their recent production of Curtains earning 19 nominations including outstanding musical. Reston’s production of The Full Monty came in second with 13 nominations. The Arlington Player’s production of Follies came in third with 12 nominations.

Here are the nominees for outstanding musical and play (the complete list can be found here):

Outstanding Musical

  • Curtains – Reston Community Players
  • Falsettos – Elden Street Players
  • Follies – Arlington Players
  • The Full Monty – Reston Community Players
  • The Musical of Musicals – Elden Street Players

Outstanding Play

  • columbinus – Silver Spring Stage
  • The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? – Silver Spring Stage
  • Gross Indecency – Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • It Runs in the Family – Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • Six Degrees of Separation – CCT with 2nd Flight Theatre Company

The awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony on March 14th at The Birchmere. The WATCH awards are the first of the local theatre awards in the DC area, with the Ruby Griffith awards and Helen Hayes awards presented later in the year.

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