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February 5, 2010

snow days
posted by soe 10:22 pm

It’s been snowing for roughly 12 hours now, although it took until nearly 3:30 for it to start sticking. Currently, it’s pouring snow, we’ve got about seven inches on the ground, and Rudi is out doing our second round of shoveling. (Our landlord discounts our rent when we shovel for him, so we’re happy to oblige.)

The mid-Atlantic is usually noted for its ability to over-react to winter storms, many counties in the region cancelling school for days after even the most minor snowfall. We laughed when last week they started predicting a major storm for this weekend. I mean, what were the odds they’d get it right?!

Apparently, I owe local meteorologists an apology. According to every predictive weather map I’ve seen, the District sits firmly in the middle of a band of snow expected to get 20-30 inches of snow before Sunday morning. That’s enough accumulation to make even this New Englander sit up and pay attention.

As I wrote yesterday, Rudi and I are prepared to hunker down, especially since there is a distinct possibility we’ll be home for a few days after this mess lets up as they try to dig out the above-ground portions of the Metro and clear streets enough to let bus service resume.

So, I stopped by the library and came home with an assortment of dvds to help us pass the time:

  • The Greatest Game Ever Played, because nothing seems more appropriate during a snow storm than watching people play golf
  • Four episodes of first season Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I have a fifth episode that Rudi watched while I was frantically running around trying to bake a couple weeks ago.)
  • Some portion (the library doesn’t tell you how many discs were in the box set when they divvy it up) of the first season of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which Gramma recommended
  • Catch Me if You Can, because a fun caper is always good storm watching
  • Happy-Go-Lucky, a French feel-good comedy I’ve wanted to see since it hit the local theaters
  • The first three episodes of Mad Men, because Sarah and Susan have good taste and really enjoy it
  • Kitty Foyle, starring Ginger Rogers in an Oscar-winning dramatic performance
  • The Marx Brothers romp, A Night at the Opera, because, well, it’s the Marx Brothers (Does one need more reason than that?)

We’re also still making our way through the first few episodes of The Gilmore Girls and have The Soloist on loan from Netflix. I don’t think we have to worry about not having an adequate supply of videos.

Chocolate, though, might be another story….

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