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FIRST TIME: SLEDDING IS LEGAL ON CAPITOL HILL


In one of the most significant actions of our hapless, hopeless, helpless Congress ever in support of We The People, (well, in recent memory, at least)  they managed to pass a law (astonishing as that electrifying event is these days) to permit sledding on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building.  After prior blizzards here in DC sledding on the Capitol grounds had been illegal, presumably because you can never tell what lurks hidden underneath those puffy red, blue and green parkas, particularly on the 4 - 8 year old set. But apparently reason prevailed and in probably the biggest bi-partisan action on the Hill since the adoption of the the Constitution in 1789, Democrats and Republicans (and presumably Independent Bernie Sanders) came together in a massive Kumbaya moment and actually accomplished something!  Damn!  WTF?  

MY TRASHCANS WITH SNOW HATS
It's bight and sunshiny this morning, a welcome break from three days of heavy gray clouds and blinding white snow.  And it looks beautiful.  Of course, given that we've had either the third or fourth heaviest snowfall on record depending on where the measurements were taken (National Airport 22 inches, Dulles International Airport 29 inches) and what "method" was employed, there's some "question" about the total snowfall.  Really folks?  I mean does every single bloody thing have to be enmeshed in controversy these days?  Who gives a shit if it was 22 inches or 24 inches?  I mean we're all pretty much stuck in place for the next three, four days and if it was an official 22 inches it ain't gonna mean we're getting our cars freed from three, four and five foot high drifts any sooner.  Sheeeesh.  Give us a fucking break, okay?  There was somewhere around three and four feet of snow out in the hills of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. 

C STREET THIS MORNING
Trudged through the drifts on the sidewalk in front of my house out to (plowed) C Street, around the corner to (plowed) 8th Street to my neighborhood "Thank God For 7-11" 7-11 to get a cup of coffee and to see if they had this morning's Washington Post (they didn't) since mine wasn't delivered.  (Do I complain?) Surprisingly all the streets around us were plowed which is pretty much of a damned miracle given DC's past performance following a snowstorm when it comes to clearing the streets of snow. Got back to the house, checked the online edition of the Washington Post and sure enough there were the typical right winger, government sucks,  comments about how badly Mayor Bowser and the DC Department of Pubic Works have performed and how criminally inept they are.  I'm guessing that these folks got their info from Brietbart or Fox or News of the Weird or some other famously reliable news source.  Me? Frankly I am impressed.  Very impressed.   

DC STREET
 All righty.  So now reality sets in.  My car, parked on the street out front, is buried with three feet on snow on top, surrounded by three foot high walls of snow piled up by those phantom snow plows the right wingers didn't see cruising the streets of Washington.  Couple of guys shoveled my sidewalk yesterday afternoon for $10 so that helps a little.  But  now I've got to go down to the basement and see if my faulty memory - that, at the moment, is telling me that "Yes, I do have a snow shovel down there,"  - is functioning at some base level of cognitive efficiency.  Or not.  


Have A Good Day!




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