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TOMMY'S TAKE/Toughen up People! It's only Frosted Flakes!

Tommy McFly
By Tommy McFly
Posted on Dec 23,2009
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Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br /> <br />On Saturday, with the roads all slicked up and such, one Safeway shopper at the Belle View Shopping Center in Alexandria discovered a more 19th century method of getting to the grocery store to rack up the Bonus Points on the Club Card: Cross Country Skiing it.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
On Saturday, with the roads all slicked up and such, one Safeway
shopper at the Belle View Shopping Center in Alexandria discovered
a more 19th century method of getting to the grocery store to rack
up the Bonus Points on the Club Card: Cross Country Skiing it.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The past weekend of wintry wonderland-ed-ness was quite the spectacle.  
 
Who would have thought that fourteen-ish inches of frozen precipitation would bring the most powerful city in the world to its knees.  
 
Full disclosure: I'm from Scranton Pennsylvania, a land where we learn to drive in snow before receiving First Communion.  
 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks <br /> <br />A scene from this weekend's wintry madness: VDOT on the job on Richmond Highway while a decidedly non-four-wheeler gets roughed up by the frosted flakes attempting to get gas at the non-plowed Amoco Station. Due to demand, many gas stations in the area had reportedly run out of petrol by Sunday.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
A scene from this weekend's wintry madness:
VDOT on the job on Richmond Highway while
a decidedly non-four-wheeler gets roughed up
by the frosted flakes attempting to get gas at
the non-plowed Amoco Station. Due to demand,
many gas stations in the area had reportedly
run out of petrol by Sunday.

There are a lot of Catholics up there, and even more snow so naturally I had an unfair advantage. Just ask Joe Biden, he's from snowy Northeast PA too.  I think my grandmother and Joe might have even dated  (probably not).
 
Whenever the local weather gurus forecast frosted flakes Washingtonians, freak out.  We abandon our cars on the Beltway and start trash-can fires in preparation and mass hysteria of what will be a hellacious dusting. The Horror!
 
As storm clouds consumed the Nation's Capital my pup Chip and I hunkered down with a giant bottle of wine and an extra bag of kibbles.  
 
By Saturday afternoon, cabin fever had set in and I had to get out of the house.  WHAT? Drive? In Snow? Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and No, snow won't kill you if you know how to hand it.  Pump the brake, turn into the spin etc.  
 
Washington DC is the "smartest city" in America with the most PH.d's per capita. It's true, I read it on the Internet.  
 
One would think that all that brain power would deter one from venturing down hill in a Prius. Everyone who purchased a fuel efficient, light weight, enviro-conscious coupes were HATING LIFE.  
 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br /> <br />A slimmed down Ol' Saint Nick works off the LBs while making a few early rounds Saturday in the Eisenhower Valley section of Alexandria.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
A slimmed down Ol' Saint Nick works off
the LBs while making a few early rounds
Saturday in the Eisenhower Valley section
of Alexandria.

My neighborhood at least looked like a giant child had played with a bunch of toy cars and left there where ever he felt like it. Smart Cars, Hyundais and Hondas Oh My!  All strewn about spinning tires and broken dreams.  Chip and I cruised on by in our SUV and respectfully didn't laugh... much.  

Speaking of the Vice President.  Writer and author Susanna Quinn chimed in via Twitter on the state of the streets: "Wisc Ave plowed as I type but cars (inc police car) stuck on Mass in front of VP house. Hey Fenty, send Biden a plow. DC not third world."  
 
Hilarious blog Famous DC  tried to get a trending topic rolling with #snOMG.  

The day after. As the sun came up Sunday morning, Washingtonians began to venture from their bunkers.  I, completely unfazed, cruised along the still uncleared streets. High Five DC Plow Contractors! Civilization flew right out window.  People were walking in the street with mouth agape like a scene from one of those movie when aliens attack earth.  There was no close encounter, it was frosty water.  You would have thought Amageddon was afoot the way people stared at their entombed cars like chimps doing long division.  

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Skiing down an almost desolate King Street in Old Town, Saturday afternoon...<br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Skiing down an almost desolate King Street
in Old Town, Saturday afternoon...

As I jot down my thoughts from the fifth floor looking down on my yet unplowed street it's hard not to shake my head at DC's crackjacker snow removal force.  

Maybe for the next record setting accumulation, Biden and I should call our buddies from up North to handle the job.  

Email the writer at mcflyradio@gmail.com



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