So I went to work on Friday, with a bag packed in case I decided to stay in DC. There were a grand total of three people in my end of the building. In fact, I had no idea there were as many as 100 people (out of 2,000+) in the office until 12pm, when the building closed and everyone except security was expected to leave.
In the end, I decided that I’d rather be snowed in at home, where I could be bored among my stuff for entertainment rather than in a hotel or couch-surfing. Which is just as well, since the Pens-Caps game was postponed. Actually, I was kind of entertained by the email that the Marc Train/MTA sent out in the afternoon (before the ANA-Caps game was postponed) that basically said, “The last train out leaves at 7:40p. We are not holding it for the Capitals game. Be on the train or find your own way home in the snow.” Not literally, of course, but that was the subtext as I read it.
So I took the 12:20p train home, which was PACKED. When I boarded at 12:05, the last of the seats were being taken and by the time it left the station, the aisles were impassable in some cars and the vestibules were full, too.
Got home in time to run a couple of errands, including a run to Cafe Poupon for emergency rations. (Seriously, croissants make being blizzard-bound so much better.) They were closing early and were pretty much cleaned out of everything. The only croissants left were ham and cheese (fine by me), with a few other pastries and a couple of quiches. Lorelei said they were surprisingly busy, mostly people stocking up. (Hah! I’m not the only person who likes to have Emergency Croissants on hand.)
Standing in the middle of Charles St., no cars to be seen.
I went out Saturday when NOTHING was moving except the snow. I stood in the middle of Charles Street and probably could have made a snow angel without worrying about being run over. The major streets had seen a plow (plough?) at least once but two or three inches of snow had accumulated since, and most of the cross streets hadn’t been touched. On Sunday, I cleared the 20″ of snow that had accumulated on my balcony. The power went out in my building; it was weird because everyone lost power to the stove and microwave and kitchen lights, but not to their hot water heaters, refrigerators, other outlets, etc. BGE took care of it pretty promptly, which I appreciated.
You have to walk in the street to get to the sidewalk on that side of the street. But the city said not to shovel into the street, so piles are going to appear on corners.
Today the streets are slightly better, and a fair amount of sidewalk has been cleared. Feeling stircrazy, I walked down toward the harbor, and ended up having lunch at Cazbar (I’d highly recommend the pumpkin soup). There are two lanes cleared on most of Charles Street. Which would be great if people didn’t keep trying to park in a parking lane that isn’t clear yet, effectively reducing traffic to about 1.5 lanes. There’s a giant snow pile on one corner that’s at least 9 feet tall. Monument Street has not been cleared at all. I’m hoping that things will be closer to normal tomorrow.
There is actually a car hiding under all that snow. It’s plowed in on the street side and shoveled in (the sidewalk was very well cleared by the business owner) on the sidewalk side. And the temperature has been high enough to cause melt, followed by freezing overnight. That’s not going to be fun to dig out. Unless maybe it gets towed, but I’m not even sure how they’d get it out to tow it.