Thursday, January 27, 2011

You Okay?

I admit I'm a little sore from pushing cars out of the slush and pulling branches out of the road, shoveling, even walking in it was hard. We had no electricity most of the night. Can't get out of the driveway this morning but it looks like the roads are mostly cleared.

It was not a whole lot of snow but I have never seen such a mess. Traffic was at a standstill everywhere.

How did you do?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


my 15 minute commute last night took two hours

wasn't that much snow when I started home but it started piling up while I was sitting in gridlock

several times the gridlock was caused by idiots who stop in the middle of roads, especially hills

at home, an oak branch longer than my car and fatter than my thigh fell on my car, denting the hood, taking the power, phone, cable, and internet lines with it

and, of course, the road was clear this morning, since it's a snow emergency route, but that just means the plow hard-packed a mountain of snow at the end of my driveway that I had to chisel through before I could get out

once out, the McDonald's was closed so I couldn't get my breakfast burrito fix and traffic lights were out the whole way to the office

January 27, 2011 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Knock wood! We never lost power other than a few momentary blips. We paid a couple of teenage boys, who gladly sidetracked on their way to the big sledding hill around here to earn some unexpected money to clear the wall the plows built at the end of driveway, after we had cleared the walks, steps, and the rest of the driveway ourselves. Who needs PT when you can shovel heavy snow?!?

Let's hope all the area residents without power get it restored quickly and safely.

Richard Montgomery High School just off Route 355 in Rockville is a warming center for MoCo residents who don't have any other way to stay warm.

January 28, 2011 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we never lost power during snowmaggdeon but have been out since wed night.

did anyone else notice the transformer that lit up the sky wed around 7 pm or so...

we were sitting around the kitchen table playing cards by candle-light (good thing I hadn't taken Christmas down yet, lots of extra candles) and all of a sudden it was light outside.

very strange.

we just got power back a few hours ago, and the contents of my refrigerators are still outside in plastic boxes in the snow.

apparently pepco, even though they are much more expensive then dominion power, is much less reliable. Our energy runs about 14-17 cents a KWH but in VA Dominion charges 8 cents a kwh in summer.

Much cheaper, and much more reliable.

Any ideas why that is ?

I am going to assume MD over regulation and a 1.5 cents per KWH for montgomery taxes, of course.

That means if your total electric for the year is 3000.00 in MD, it's 1/2 in VA, or 1500. 1500 a year in after tax money or 15,000 for ten years, right there, to live in MD over VA.

Something to certainly consider when picking places to live, I would guess.

Why is Pepco SO much more than Dominion, even though we are 10 minutes away from VA ?

Anyone care to hazard a guess ?

January 28, 2011 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"did anyone else notice the transformer that lit up the sky wed around 7 pm or so..."

we saw it too

it was eerie

for a few moments it was like noon

I briefly wondered if something else was going on

then, it started turning colors like the Northern Lights

someone I know had walked to Safeway in Kensington at the time and said there was an enormously loud explosion and everyone went out front and blinding white fire was moving across all the wires

btw, I still don't have power, cable, phone, or internet but the rest of my neighbors had everything back at 3:45 this morning

a huge oak fell and ripped out all the wires going to our house

January 28, 2011 6:36 PM  

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