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Jan. 27th, 2013 | 10:27 pm
location: US, Maryland, Columbia, Howard, Babylon Crst, 6199
mood: irritatedirritated

Let me not give them any ideas.

As the Post aptly put it, the DC area handles winter weather poorly. Not in terms of lack of preparation. I mean that lots of people either freak out and try to get home as soon as possible, or capitalize on the panic of others to shirk work/school in favor of drinking.

On both Thursday and Friday, federal employees had the option of working remotely because of a threat of snow. There was maybe a half-inch of snow on Thursday morning, and it ended up snowing maybe 2 inches (at least at my office in Maryland) on Friday afternoon. It really wasn't enough to screw up the roads, especially given that aggressive plowing and salting was happening. And yet lots of people just completely gave up on their routines and worked from home, or left super early on Friday. I think it's a little pathetic that so many people overreact, and many others are willing to go along with it.

So we certainly couldn't get as much done as we needed to late last week. Now, there is a threat of freezing rain for early tomorrow morning, so OPM has told federal employees not to get on the roads until 10:00 am, with offices opening at noon. I have a 9:00 am meeting, so I plan to be there on time as usual. And I have to say: it is not that hard to drive in these conditions. But as long as people continue to overreact and stop their lives at every instance of winter precipitation (egged on by the local news, of course), folks are never going to learn how to handle it. I will try not to express my annoyance to our federal government colleagues that we are (presumably still) communicating with on Monday; I suppose this blog helps in that I can vent it here instead. End rant.

Also, on a somewhat related note, tomorrow is supposed to be my last day commuting to the Columbia office; as of Tuesday, I'll be permanently in the DC office and will kiss car commuting goodbye! \o/

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Jan. 28th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
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*snickers* aggressive plowing.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 29th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
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Much less fun than the other type of aggressive plowing in my head, of course. :]

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Jan. 29th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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it is a bit ridiculous though. it's been snowing and blowing (ha!) since this morning, and while it's slowed traffic down, it hasn't shut down the city (i'm looking at you toronto, who calls in the army over 5cm of frozen precipitation).

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 29th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
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One of the things I miss most about living in Michigan is that everyone there handles winter weather like adults and continues on with their lives. If snow and/or ice comes every year, it's kind of pathetic to close everything and shut down rather than just learning to live with it.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Jan. 29th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
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because michigan experiences winter like it's suppose to; with snow and cold and wind! the easter seaboard is a special case because of the atlantic, much like toronto is greatly influenced by lake ontario.

my hat goes off to you though; for someone who grew up where you didn't experience winter-winter, you now handle it like a canadian! ;)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 2nd, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm honored. :)

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